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 popular music and culture, the program includes post-1945 popular music, musical theatre, jazz, and more advanced courses indigenous musics and musics of the world, film studies, literature, and sociology. Introductory and advanced courses in songwriting and desktop music production allow students to compose, produce, and record their own music.

Learn more about the Popular Music Studies BA major and meet a few recent graduates

Admission/Interview Process

Full application requirements, including admission forms, and interview registration, can be found on our How to Apply webpage.

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