At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the Department embraces the disciplines of Composition, Music Education, Music History, and Theory; and at the graduate level, Music Technology and Sound Recording. The philosophy of the Department is to encourage integration of the disciplines as much as possible within the learning process in each program of study: the development of basic musicianship, the absorption of the grammar and syntax of musical discourse, and the study of the world of ideas are understood as interconnected.
Major programs offer the student some focus with the flexibility to pursue other areas of interest. The Faculty program is intended to offer an option for individual and creative plans of study. All of the Department's programs give a solid grounding in analytic, synthetic, and writing skills that are useful preparation not only for the musical profession but also for professions as diverse as law, journalism, management, and librarianship.
The Music Education program combines an orientation towards a professional career in primary and secondary schools with sensitivity to broader intellectual frameworks against which teachers should understand their roles. This program is offered concurrently with the B.Ed., Music (see B.Mus./B.Ed. Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education Concurrent Program).
The Department also offers a Minor in Composition, a Minor in Music Education, a Minor in Music History, and a Minor in Music Theory to students who seek to place their work in a larger context, as well as a Minor in Musical Applications of Technology and a Minor in Musical Science and Technology to Music students and to students from other faculties.
For each program, all courses listed are REQUIRED courses unless otherwise indicated.
The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Composition program requires 91 credits (plus 33 credits for the Freshman requirement for out-of-province students). It includes 21 credits of non-music and free elective courses so that students may pursue other academic interests outside of music.
For more information, see Major Composition (124 credits).
The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Music History program requires 91 credits (plus 33 credits for the Freshman requirement for out-of-province students).
For more information, see Major Music History (124 credits).
The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Theory program requires 91 credits (plus 33 credits for the Freshman requirement for out-of-province students).
For more information, see Major Theory (124 credits).
The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Faculty Program Music requires 123 credits and has been designed to accommodate those students who are either undecided about the area of music in which they wish to specialize, or who are interested in a pattern of specialization not provided in the established major programs, or who are interested in combining studies in music ...
For more information, see Faculty Program Music (123 credits).
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For the most up-to-date information about special prerequisite courses for the M.Mus. in Sound Recording, consult the Sound Recording Program website: http://sites.music.mcgill.ca/sr/admission.
Students wishing to follow this package of prerequisite courses while registered in the Faculty Program or in any other B.Mus. program must notify the Sound Recording Area Chair of their intent to do so.
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The Minor Composition is available to all students with approval (with the exception of students in the Major Composition.) This option will take the place of music and/or free electives.
For more information, see Minor Composition (18 credits).
The Minor in Music Education is available to all students, with the exception of students in the concurrent B.Mus.; Major in Music Education/B.Ed.; Major in Music Elementary and Secondary program, subject to the approval of the Schulich School of Music. This Minor will take the place of free electives. The Minor Music Education has limited enrolment. Students must ...
For more information, see Minor Music Education (18 credits).
The Minor Music History is available to all students (with the exception of students in the Major in Music History program). This option will take the place of music electives and/or free electives, as well as history, literature, and performance practice complementary courses.
For more information, see Minor Music History (18 credits).
The Minor in Theory is available to all students, with the exception of students in the Major Theory, subject to approval of the Schulich School of Music. This Minor will take the place of free electives in Music programs.
For more information, see Minor Music Theory (18 credits).
The goal of this Minor is to provide instruction in practical and creative applications of technology for musical purposes. This program will help prepare students for production-oriented jobs in the creative arts. This program is open to students from any discipline and has no prerequisites other than familiarity with computers. Application forms will be ...
For more information, see Minor Musical Applications of Technology (18 credits).
This Minor focuses on interdisciplinary topics in science and technology as applied to music. The goal of the program is to help prepare students for commercial jobs in the audio technology sector and/or for subsequent graduate research study. This Minor is designed to serve students who already have a good background in the sciences and prior experience with Math ...
For more information, see Minor Musical Science and Technology (18 credits).