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Ensembles and Practical Instruction (Lessons)


Each music program has an integrated ensemble curriculum, which is designed to provide an enriched experience in practical musicianship for every student.

As a student at the Schulich School of Music, you are required to sign up for large and/or small ensembles while taking practical instruction.   Visit the Ensemble website for more information.

Practical Instruction

All undergraduate students registered in a program at the Schulich School of Music will be assigned a teacher for instrumental lessons and/or voice coaching.  Lessons and voice coaching at the Schulich School of Music are known as "practical instruction".  You are required to submit a practical instruction request form online by May 15th for returning students and June 1st for newly admitted students. The Department of Performance will review your online requests and add the appropriate MUIN practical instruction course(s) on your behalf. 

Years of lesson entitlement by program and tuition fees for individual practical instruction can be found here.

Note:  Composition Tutorials are administered by the Composition Area.  Students are contacted by the Area Chair of Composition and asked to submit teacher preferences.  Upon receipt of all submissions, the Area Chair together with the Composition Area will proceed to coordinate teacher assignments.

Priority will be given to:

  • Doctoral Students
  • Masters Students
  • Bachelor Students



Deadline to submit Online Practical Instruction Request

May 15th, 2015 for returning students and June 1st, 2015 for newly admitted students.

A $50 late fee will be charged if the request is received after the deadline.

Late requests should still be submitted as they are required for registration.


Steps to follow for practical instruction assignment:

1 Submit an Online Practical Instruction Request Form.  Late requests should still be submitted as they are required for teaching assignment purposes.
2 Your request must come from your official McGill e-mail address. ( [dot] [dot] [dot] [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca)
3 Indicate your three teacher choices in ascending order.  The list of teaching staff is available on this online request form to help with your selection.  All students must study with teachers on staff at the Schulich School of Music.  Please note that we cannot guarantee your first choice of teacher.  If you have no preference, select "No Teacher Preference" in box for 1st choice.
4 Select the number of terms of lessons you are requesting.  First-year students usually select both fall and winter terms since teacher assignments are done for the academic year.  Returning students who wish to be assigned different teachers for fall and winter semesters must submit two online requests separately.
5 Check your information carefully prior to submitting your request.  If changes are needed after your request has been submitted, e-mail: teacherpreference [at] music [dot] mcgill [dot] ca
6 The Department of Performance will review your online requests and register you for the appropriate practical instruction MUIN course number by the first week of September.  The practical instruction assignment will be reflected on your MINERVA Student Records. Each teacher is assigned a specific MUIN section number.  You may view your teacher assignment in the MINERVA Student Menu. (Click on Registration Menu, then Step 4: View Student Schedule by Course Section).
7 Discrepancies should be reported to teacherpreference [at] music [dot] mcgill [dot] ca