Join peers committed to deepening the mastery of their chosen disciplines. Students will learn from distinguished faculty members at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. The school provides intensive study in history, theory, practice, electroacoustic media, musicology, multimedia, sonic arts, performance, music education and more. It also encourages students interested in integrative approaches to performance practice, interdisciplinary research and creative activity. The School of Creative and Performing Arts holds over 80 concerts per year. Students will have a unique opportunity to experience and perform music in the Rozsa Centre`s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, one of Western Canada's premiere recital facilities.
Outcomes and next steps
Music Teacher, Professor, Instrumental Clinician, Researcher, Performer (soloist, ensemble or orchestral), Conductor, Director, Composer, Technologist, Computer Music Programmer/Designer, Arts and Media Computing, Arts Event or Policy Management.
A master’s degree in music will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.
Seminar in Theory and Composition, Research Techniques and Bibliography of Music, Composition, three electives.
Students must complete a graduate course in either Music Theory, Composition, Sonic Arts or Music History and Literature. Students will also take Research Techniques and Bibliography of Music, two Advanced Performance Practicums, four electives.
Students will complete a thesis, recital, performances or a similar substantial project which is applicable to their program
Students must complete a graduate course in either Music Theory, Composition, Sonic Arts or Music History and Literature. Students will also take Research Techniques and Bibliography of Music, Advanced Choral or Instrumental Conducting, three electives.
Research Techniques and Bibliography of Music, Topics in Electroacoustic Music, Projects in Computer Music, three electives.
Diagnostic Tests and Comprehensive Exam
Diagnostic tests in music history and theory will be given at the start of the program and a comprehensive oral examination encompassing all areas of the chosen field is required following the completion of course work.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the Music Program
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A completed Bachelor of Music degree (or equivalent). Must include study in your area of specialization.
Performance: A live audition or video/audio recording. Repertoire for the audition must contain representative works from a variety of historical periods and must demonstrate an advanced level of technical accomplishment. Recordings should be approximately 20-30 minutes in length. Live auditions are scheduled for early February.
Conducting: Demonstrated ability on a major instrument or voice in an audition, either a video of approximately fifteen minutes or in-person audition to be scheduled for early February. A video audition for conducting is also needed.
Composition: A portfolio of at least three recent compositions, together with recordings (where available). Applicants wishing to specialize in electroacoustic composition must submit recordings.
Sonic arts: A portfolio of recent sonic arts creative and/or research projects. A research paper.
Music education: An essay on a topic in Music Education prepared during or subsequent to the applicant’s undergraduate work. A CV demonstrating two years of successful teaching experience or equivalent professional involvement in music education.
A one page letter detailing the applicant's reasons for pursuing graduate study
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
IELTS score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version)
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
12 months of study
First 12 months of study
For first year of studies
General fees and program fees
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Program fees cover standard academic costs. Textbooks and other course material costs are not included.
What are annual continuing fees?
Domestic Continuing Fees: $1,627 CAD
International Contiinuing Fees: $3,693 CAD
Continuing fees apply after the first full year of studies.
Students pursuing a MMus are eligible to receive Divisional funding in the first two years of their program ($10,000 in the first year and $8,000 in the second).
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide
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