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Doctoral Colloquium

Doctoral Colloquium - MUGS 705D1/D2 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 will be held during the fall semester on Fridays from 16:15 to 17:45 pm in New Music Building, room A-832. 


A schedule of the events will be regularly updated through the year and posted at the address: http://www.mcgill.ca/music/current-students/graduate/doctoral-graduate-colloquium

An electronic announcement is sent approximately one week before each event.





Fridays, 4:15–5:30pm, New Music Building, Conference Room A-832

Coordinator:  Isabelle Cossette (isabelle [dot] cossette1 [at] mcgill [dot] ca)




No colloquium


Professor Julian Horton, University of Durham, UK.
“Cadence and Formal Function in Nineteenth-Century Sonata Forms,” keynote address of the conference "Form Formun II: Focus on Cadence."

30 Mimi Haddon, PhD Candidate in Musicology,
“What is Post-Punk? A Genre Study of Avant-Garde Pop, 1977-1982”



Peter Visentin, University of Lethbridge

12 CIRMMT Distinguished lecture** -  Tanna Schulich Hall – Thursday 4:30        
Eckart Altenmüller, Institut für Musikphysiologie und Musiker-Medizin, Germany, Apollo’s gift and curse: Acquisition and loss of skilled movements in musicians.

CIRMMT Workshop on Music instrument motor-learning with Prof. Eckart Altenmüller, other guests TBD.


Shi Yong, PhD Candidate in Music Technology,
“Introduction of Lattice Boltzmann Method and Its Application on Wind Instruments”

Jacob Sagrans, PhD Candidate in Musicology,
“The Early-Music Revival and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge”


Professional Development Workshop - “Ready to get an academic position? What do you need?” Panel of professors from different areas.


6 No Colloquium – Reading Week
13,14 MGSS Symposium** – A-832 - Attendance to the keynote speaker or two student’s presentations count as an external attendance to the colloquium. Bring your attendance sheet and have it signed by a faculty member or the Symposium organizer.  Keynote Performance by John Fanning with a Lecture-Recital on Friday, March 13, 5:30 p. m., Clara Lichtenstein Hall. Get Symposium details here.
19 CIRMMT Distinguished lecture** -  Tanna Schulich Hall – Thursday 4:30        
Frans Wiering, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands, Musicology centered design

Professor Ève Poudrier, Yale University.

27 Audrey-Kristel Barbeau, PhD Candidate in Music Education
Melvin Backstrom, PhD candidate in Musicology


3 No colloquium – Good Friday
10 TBD

Last day of classes – Tuesday but Friday schedule

Kai Siedenburg, PhD candidate in Music Technology,
“Empirical Perspectives on Memory for Musical Timbre”

16 CIRMMT Distinguished lecture** - Thursday 4:30pm - Tanna Schulich Hall    
Professor Floyd Toole, Consultant to Harman International, USA,
“Sound reproduction – art and science/opinions and facts”

**NOTE: These lectures count for external colloquium attendances and take place outside of the regular Friday schedule. Please have the  PhD Colloquium Attendance Form [pdf] signed accordingly. 




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:

  • Three lectures at the Doctoral Colloquium Series. 
  • Two student presentation sessions at the Doctoral Colloquium Series
  • Two professional development workshops (Skillsets: 1 hour and longer sessions, website: http://www.mcgill.ca/skillsets/calendar)
  • 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.  

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:  PhD_Attendance_Form-Colloquium [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 - 2014-15

  • International conference attendance can count as one attendance only per conference.

  • Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas -

              Website: http://www.mcgill.ca/iplai/reading-groups/early-modern-world

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.