Calling All Canadian Indie Rockers: Get Out of the Garage and into the Classroom with New University Program

Calling All Canadian Indie Rockers: Get Out of the Garage and into the Classroom with New University Program
Bachelor of music programs have long been the realm of opera and classical. Come 2011, however, Western Canada will be getting its first-ever degree combining jazz with contemporary popular music. That's right, indie rockers - you can now translate your garage band into a university degree.

Edmonton's Grant MacEwan University has long had a two-year music diploma program, with alumni including Alberta country favourite Corb Lund. Starting next year, that program will be expanded to a four-year Bachelor of Music in Jazz & Contemporary Popular Music.

According to a press release, the program "combines a focus on performing, recording and composing with 'business of music' courses that help prepare students to thrive in the rapidly changing world of music, where independence and digital know-how are critical." It requires no formal conservatory or jazz training, and is open to musicians whose experience comes from playing in bands.

The course list includes usual music school classes like Theory and Composition alongside the Popular Song and History of Popular Music. If you've always wanted to study "Thriller" at a university level, this could be your chance.

MacEwan is the only university in North America with a transfer agreement with Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts. It also has a transfer agreement with Berklee in Boston, MA.

The program will begin accepting applications stating today (October 1) for the 2011-2012 academic year. For more information about the program, head here.