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Doctoral Colloquium

Doctoral Colloquium - MUGS 705D
Schulich School of Music
The Doctoral Colloquium is a weekly lecture series organized by the Department of Music Research at McGill University. 


The main objectives of the colloquium are:

1-      To provide Ph.D. students with a supportive and stimulating environment to present their research and meet their PhD peers;

2-      To offer unique opportunities to engage with research presented by guest lecturers and  McGill faculty members;

3-      To serve as a forum in which students can seek advice on how to prepare for the professional field through a variety of professional development workshops given throughout the academic year.

Meeting Time and Location:

Lectures are held during the fall and winter semesters on Fridays from 16:15 to 17:45pm in Clara Lichtenstein Hall, C209.


A schedule of the events will be regularly updated through the year and posted below.  An electronic announcement is sent approximately one week before each event.




Fridays, 4:15–5:30pm, Clara Lichtenstein Hall, C–209




Prof. Mitchell Morris, Herb Alpert School of Music, University of California, Berkeley, “On Fairies (and Mothers): Beatrice Lillie Sings!”

17 TBD

"Ethnographic Methods Workshop", Lynda McNeil, Manager Research Ethics, Prof. Kristin Norget, Dept. of Anthropology, count as a professional development session, Special starting time: 3:45pm





Meghan Goodchild,PhD candidate in Music Theory, Sven-Amin Lembke, PhD candidate in Music Technology.


Professional development session: “Reading for Writing in Music.” Carolyn Samuel, McGill Writing Centre and Brian McMillan, Marvin Duchow Library.


Prof. Jean-Paul Montagnier, Université de Lorraine, France, and Institut de Recherche sur le Patrimoine Musical en France (CNRS).  "The Missa Ad majorem Dei gloriam by André Campra: Its Origins and Its Aftermath.”


Eric Smialek, PhD Candidate in musicology; Doyuen Ko, Candidate in sound recording.


7 No Colloquium – Reading Week 
14 Prof. Steven Rings (University of Chicago)
21 MGSS Symposium – can count for 1 attendance. (Keynote talk or two student presentations)

Lisa Lorenzino and Theodora Stathopoulos – “El Sistema:  Local, National, and International Developments”



David Romblom, PhD Candidate in Music Technology 


Last day of class…no colloquium?


Attendance Policy:

Ph.D. students in the department of research (theory, musicology, music technology, composition, and music education) are required to attend four terms of colloquium.  In each term, students are required to attend 10 lectures:

  • Two student presentation sessions
  • Two professional development workshops
  • Three lectures at the Doctoral Colloquium Series. 
  • Three additional lectures at the Doctoral Colloquium Series or chosen from the supplemental list of approved lectures provided below.

Presentation Requirement:

Ph.D.  students are required to do one presentation on their thesis research at the Colloquium during the course of their doctoral studies.  

Attendance Policy and Course Evaluation:

PhD students in the Department of Music Research (composition, musicology, music education, music technology, theory and sound recording) are required to attend two student presentation sessions and two professional development workshops per term for four terms.  In addition, students have to attend at least six other lectures per term. From these six lectures, at least three have to be attended at the Doctoral Colloquium Series.  The three other ones can be chosen in the supplemental list of approved lectures provided below.

How to proceed?

  • When attending the Friday Doctoral Colloquium:
    Sign the attendance sheet distributed by the instructor at each presentation. 
  • When attending other lectures from the approved list below:
    At the end of the workshop or lecture, introduce yourself to the leader of the workshop or the guest lecturer and ask him /her to sign the attendance sheet found here:  Doctoral Colloquium Attendance Sheet [pdf]

Return the sheet within ten days to the Doctoral Colloquium Coordinator, Isabelle Cossette.  All attendance sheets have to be submitted no later than one week after the last day of class for each term.

Evaluation is based on a Pass/Fail system.  Excused absences must be accompanied with an official written note (e.g. medical excuse).  All other absences will be marked as unexcused if not replaced by another event approved by the instructor.

Please direct any questions regarding scheduling concerns, course requirements, and attendance to Isabelle Cossette, isabelle [dot] cossette1 [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Additional Approved Workshops and Colloquium/Lecture Series - 2014  

For all the following events, it is the responsibility of the students must to submit an external attendance sheet duly signed by the organiser or presenter of the event.

  • CIRMMT Distinguished Lecture Series or Seminars: www.cirmmt.mcgill.ca/activities/distinguished-lectures or www.cirmmt.mcgill.ca/activities/seminars or http://www.cirmmt.mcgill.ca/activities/workshops/research

    CIRMMT student colloquia do not count for attendance.

  • “Making Conference Abstracts Sing”, January 8 at 4:30 pm. Peer-review session organized by Graphos and McGill Writing Centre, Marvin Duchow Library Seminar Room A-510. 
  • Academic Integrity Day 2014, January 30 from 9:00am to 12pm organized by the Teaching and Learning services, New Residence Hall.
  • Keynote speaker or two student presentations at the MGSS Symposium, March 20, 2014.
  • International conference attendance can count as one attendance only per conference. 
  • Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, guest lecture series, www.mcgill.ca/iplai
  • Students interested in attending other events than the ones on this list should consult the coordinator of the Doctoral Colloquium, isabelle [dot] cossette1 [at] mcgill [dot] ca, for approval at least one week before the event.