Bachelor of Arts - Major in Popular Music Studies

The BA (Major in Popular Music Studies) is a module unique to Western that engages students with the interdisciplinary nature of the study of popular music.

The program incorporates three dimensions:

  • practical subjects, including songwriting and analysis of popular songs and recordings
  • recording practice
  • critical study of musical styles, recordings, artists, and genres in their broader historical and cultural contexts.

In addition to courses in post-1945 popular music, musical theatre, jazz, and more advanced courses in popular music and culture, the program includes courses in global (non-Western) music, film studies, literature, and sociology. Courses in songwriting and desktop music production allow students to compose, produce, and record their own music.


Contact Information

Associate Dean (Undergraduate Admissions & Programs)
Dr. John Cuciurean
Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 85333

Undergraduate Admissions Assistant
Odilla Van Delinder
Phone: 519-661-2044

Recruitment Officer
Sasha Gorbasew
Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 80532

Academic Counsellor
Ms. Diane Mills
Phone: 519-661-2044