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The principal library for obtaining scores, books and journals is the Marvin Duchow Music Library located on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the New Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke Street West. This houses approximately 39,000 musical scores and 37,000 sound and video recordings which include western classical, jazz and pop music. The collection also contains an additional 24,000 books and bound journals. The Music Student Computer Room, a computer laboratory, is available in the Marvin Duchow Music Library for the exclusive use of music students. Library workstations provide access to MUSE, the University's on-line catalogue, musical, textual, graphic-based and multi-media data on microfilm, software, CD-ROMS and the internet. The Rare Book Room holdings include the David Edelberg/Handel Collection; manuscript scores and correspondence of twentieth-century composers; opera vocal scores and Canadian sheet Music. Facilities include three seminar rooms, photocopying machines and a microfilm room. Graduate students may arrange to have a reserved carrel. A library tour is organised for new students as part of Orientation Day.

Music used by the various ensembles of the School is housed in The Performance Materials Library, located in Room A515 of the New Music Building.

For further information concerning other McGill libraries see section 11 of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies General Information, Regulations and Research Guidelines Calendar.

Students registered for Master's and Doctoral programs may obtain borrowing privileges for all Quebec university libraries upon presentation of their identification card when it clearly indicates their status, or upon presentation of a CREPUQ introduction card, available from the Office of the Director of Libraries at the McLennan Library. The CREPUQ card also grants borrowing privileges at most Ontario university libraries.

Copy machines

General copying facilities for students are located in the Marvin Duchow Music Library. The Schulich School of Music's copying machines are not available for casual use by students.


General information

Students with a computer and a modem at home can dial into McGill through McGill's DAS system (Dial-up Access Services). For information on DAS see the Network and Communications Services homepage for useful links, including links to their Help Desk - Consultation, and to Education Program. Through the latter you will be able to find information on numerous training seminars offered by the Centre.

The McGill Computer Store is located on the second floor of the McGill bookstore and sells a wide range of PC, Macintosh and UNIX hardware and software at educational prices. Financing for students is available. Technical services, located in the basement of Burnside Hall, Room 1B50 repairs and maintains many types of computer equipment.

All graduate students should become familiar with the computer-based services of the Marvin Duchow Music Library. Numerous links are provided, linking to bibliographic and full-text databases, music information on the Web, library catalogues, etc. Students should also check the McGill University Libraries home page which is a good general resource for research.

Graduate Students in Music Technology and Sound Recording: students in Master's and Doctoral programs in Music Technology and Sound Recording may have UNIX accounts on a Schulich School of Music server. For information contact the Network Manager, alain [dot] terriault [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Alain Terriault).

Special Needs: any graduate student conducting research or undertaking a project in composition or in performance which requires specialized computer technologies may apply to use Schulich School of Music computer resources. Submit a brief description of the project, the resources required, and the period during which they will be needed, to the Associate Dean (Academic).

Code of computing practice (approved 93/3/31)

This code will apply to all users of Schulich School of Music computer resources including but not restricted to personal computers, computer-based networks, peripherals, and associated hardware and software, owned by or in the custody of the Schulich School of Music, McGill University.

Schulich School of Music computer users must practice ethical behavior in their computing activities. The following constitutes a code of computing practice for network users. This code is intended to work to the benefit of all users by encouraging responsible use of computer resources.


  1. must only use authorized computer accounts; password sharing of any kind will not be tolerated;
  2. should take precautions against others obtaining access to their computer resources;
  3. must use their computer accounts only for the purposes for which they were authorized;
  4. must not tamper with system resources or modify, delete, or destroy any information for which they do not have permission or access;
  5. may not use Schulich School of Music computer resources for personal gain or private business;
  6. may not undertake any activities which may be viewed as harassment if presented in printed or verbal form;
  7. must comply with the rules and regulations of other networks as stipulated by each network accessed.

Infractions to any of these regulations may result in temporary suspension of accounts and/or access to the Schulich School of Music computer resources. Subsequent infractions or violations may lead to permanent loss of privileges and/or disciplinary action by McGill University.

All matters relating to violations or infractions of any of the user responsibilities will be forwarded to the Committee on Information Systems and Technology of the Schulich School of Music through its Chair. Recommendations regarding punitive action, should there be any, will then be forwarded to the Dean of the Schulich School of Music.

Users must adhere to all other applicable computing codes and practices, including Canadian and international copyright law, network access codes, and those of McGill University (see the Code of Conduct for users of McGill Computing Facilities, ). These regulations are not necessarily exclusive nor do they necessarily replace or take precedence over such rules, codes of conduct, or legal statutes that may be applicable in the Province of Quebec and McGill University.

Practice rooms

Practice rooms are located primarily on the 4th and 5th floors of the east wing of the Strathcona Music Building. There are also sixteen sound proof modules located on the 11th floor of 550 Sherbrooke St. West. Early music practice rooms are located on the 5th floor of the center wing, with percussion rooms located on the ground floor in RVC. Piano and voice students may reserve a limited amount of practice time at the start of the academic year through the Music Undergraduate Students Association. Renovations to the east wing of the Strathcona Music Building are currently in the planning stage. When completed there will be approximately thirty additional practice rooms located mainly on the 3rd floor.

Recording facilities

The recording studios and their equipment are for the use of sound recording students only. However students wishing to have a concert recorded may make arrangements to do so by completing a Request for Concert Recording Services form, available from the Reception. Please note that such requests must be made at least three weeks before the concert date and that there is a fee for this service (see form for details). Students wishing to have recordings made for auditions, etc. should contact one of the recording students directly.

Keys and Card Reader Access

All students with valid I.D. cards are automatically given card reader access to the practice rooms on the 11th floor at 550 Sherbrooke St. West as well as the 4th and 5th floors of the east wing of the Strathcona Music Building. Students requiring use of other locked rooms for their course work may sign out a key or gain card reader access from the Building Director’s office. Written authorization from the instructor and a $20.00 deposit per key is required.


The allocation of student lockers is organized by the Music Undergraduate Student Association (MUSA).


Mailboxes are provided in the Mail Room (Room E205) for graduate teaching assistants and Doctoral students who should obtain a key for this room from the Building Director's office. See "Keys, Detex cards" above.

Campus map

This may be found at the back of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies General Information, Regulations and Research Guidelines Calendar.

Student societies

Music graduate society (MGS)

All graduate students in the Schulich School of Music are automatically members of the Music Graduate Society (MGS). The purpose of the Society is to promote and encourage communication among graduate students and professors of the various areas in the Schulich School of Music through lectures, symposia, and other activities. Graduate students are encouraged to become involved in MGS activities, especially as members of the Executive and as student representatives on various School committees.

Graduate student symposium

The Music Graduate Society sponsors an annual Graduate Student Symposium in which student papers, compositions, and performances are presented. All graduate students are expected to take part in the Symposium at some point during their program. The Symposium takes place in the Winter term.

Post-Graduate Students Society (PGSS)

Graduate students are also automatically members of the Post-Graduate Students Society (PGSS). Each year, the PGSS publishes a handbook that will help students get acquainted with McGill and Montreal. A free copy of this handbook can be obtained from: PGSS University Affairs Office, Thomson House, 3650 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2.

Student services

For information concerning student services such as Student Aid, International Student Advisor, Athletics, Counselling, Health Services, Chaplaincy and Student Accommodation, etc. see section 7 of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies General Information, Regulations and Research Guidelines Calendar.