Associate of Arts


The AA Music is a direct entry program designed for those who are naturally gifted in the arts (music, drama, etc.) and who desire to develop these gifts while broadening their education with courses in Bible and theology, Christian ministry, and courses in the arts and sciences. Successful graduates from the AA Music program will have gained a breadth of learning that allows for a wide array of ministry, career, and academic choices.


Put it into practice

In our small-but-vibrant musical community, every student gets the individual training and the performance opportunities they need to grow as a confident artist in a variety of settings.

Learn together

Briercrest Music students form a close-knit cohort that studies, rehearses, and performs together. Benefit from the support and feedback of peers, whether in master classes or around the practice rooms.

Broaden your horizons

Study music from a theoretical, practical, historical, and biblical perspective. Take classes that help you discover new ways of understanding music, new styles and sounds, and your own giftings.

  • Overview
  • Requirements

The AA Music is a direct entry program designed for those who are naturally gifted in the arts (music, drama, etc.) and who desire to develop them while studying from a broad selection of courses in Bible and theology, Christian Ministry, and Arts and Science. In their first semester, students are expected to be involved in a large ensemble, write the theory placement test, and enrol in private lessons. Upon placement, students needing additional background in theory are required to take MUS 110 Introduction to Musicianship as one of their music electives.

Credit Hours: 63

  • the completion of the AA core requirements
  • the completion of 24 credit hours of music requirements including:
    • MUS 098 Piano Proficiency (pass/fail)
    • MUS 115 Musicianship I or MUS 116 Musicianship II
    • Private Music Lessons (2 credit hours maximum)
    • Ensemble (4 credit hours)
    • 15 credit hours of Music and music-related electives selected from:
    • Private Lessons (2 credit hours maximum)
      Ensembles (2 credit hours)
      MUS 130 Basic Voice (2 credit hours)
      MUS 140 Basic Piano (2 credit hours)
      MUS 160 Live Sound and Production
      MUS 116 Musicianship II
      MUS 206 Musicianship III
      MUS 203 Recording Arts I
      FIN/MUS 216 History of Western Music I
      FIN/MUS 217 History of Western Music II
      MUS 260 Introduction to Electronic Music
      MUS 301 Contemporary Musicianship
      MUS 303 Recording Arts II
      MUS 310 Songwriting
      FIN/MUS 316 History of Western Music III
      MUS 323 Conducting I
      MUS 324 Conducting II
      MUS 330 Vocal Master Class I
      MUS/THEA 340 Musical Theatre Workshop
      MUS 350 Keyboard Improvisation
      MUS 362 Advanced Electronic Music
      MUS 401 Vocal Pedagogy
      MUS 402 Piano Pedagogy
      MUS 403 Instrumental Pedagogy
      MUS 410 Vocal and Instrumental Arranging
      MUS 424 Conducting III
      MUS 430 Vocal Master Class II
      WA 411 Arranging for Worship Teams
  • the completion of Free Electives (to bring credit hour total to 63 credit hours)
  • SL 1-2 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

Your Future

Possible Careers
  • Choir/orchestra director
  • Performer
  • Private instrument teacher

Career Centre

Continuing Education
  • BA Christian Ministry: Worship Arts
  • BA Worship Arts
  • BA Music
It was [at Briercrest] that my faith changed from an organized set of beliefs to a realization that there is a God and He is good and worthy of our life.
Luke Rafuse