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Department of Performance

Department of Performance

The Department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs leading to the B.Mus., M.Mus., and D.Mus., and diploma programs leading to the L.Mus. and Artist Diploma in all areas of musical performance and a Graduate Diploma in Professional Performance. Programs include regular practical instruction available on all instruments and a highly developed ensemble program. The programs offer a number of major options including Orchestral Training, Solo, Jazz, and Early Music. The Orchestral Training program is one of the largest performance programs in North America. Many of its graduates are now members of professional orchestras throughout North America and Europe. McGill ensembles perform many concerts each year, including a number in centres across North America. McGill ensembles have performed at Carnegie Hall, Le Grand Théâtre [Quebec], the National Arts Centre, the International Buxtehude-Scheidt Festival, Lincoln Center, Roy Thomson Hall, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention in New Orleans, in Washington and Boston, Paris, London, and Cork [Ireland], at the Holetown Festival in Barbados, in Mexico, and throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, they have recorded for McGill Records. These recordings have received considerable critical acclaim and a number of awards, including a Noah Greenberg Award, three Grand Prix du Disques, and a Juno Award.

Performance specialization is available in: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Harp, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Piano, Fortepiano, Organ, Harpsichord, Voice, and Baroque Instruments (Violin, Viola, Cello, Viola da Gamba, Recorder, Flute, Lute, Oboe, Bassoon).

For each program, all courses listed are REQUIRED courses unless otherwise indicated.

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Performance Piano (125 credits)

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Performance Piano program requires 90 credits (plus 35 credits for the freshman requirement for out-of-province students). 125 credits are selected as follows: 35 credits - Prerequisite Requirements (for out-of-province students) 28 credits - Required Performance 14 credits - Complementary Performance 16 credits - ...

For more information, see Major Performance Piano (125 credits).

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Performance (Organ, Harpsichord, Guitar) (125 credits)

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Performance (Organ, Harpsichord, Guitar) program requires 90 credits (plus 38 credits for the Freshman requirement for out-of-province students). 125 credits are selected as follows: 35 credits - Prerequisite Requirements (for out-of-province students) 18 credits - Required Performance 18 credits - Complementary ...

For more information, see Major Performance (Organ, Harpsichord, Guitar) (125 credits).

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Performance Voice (123 credits)

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Performance Voice program requires 90 credits (plus 33 credits for the Freshman requirement for out-of-province students). 123 credits are selected as follows: 33 credits - Prerequisite Requirements (for out-of-province students) 18 credits - Required Performance 21 credits - Complementary Performance 25 credits - ...

For more information, see Major Performance Voice (123 credits).

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Performance (Orchestral Instruments) (125 credits)

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Performance (Orchestral Instruments) program requires 90 credits (plus 35 credits for the Freshman requirement for out-of-province students). 125 credits are selected as follows: 35 credits - Prerequisite Requirements (for out-of-province students) 18 credits - Required Performance 27 credits - Complementary ...

For more information, see Major Performance (Orchestral Instruments) (125 credits).

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Early Music Performance (Baroque Violin, Viola, Cello, Viola da Gamba, Flute, Recorder, Oboe, Organ, Harpsichord and Early Brass Instruments) (125 credits)

This program requires 90 credits (plus 35 credits for the Freshman requirement for out-of-province students). 125 credits selected as follows: 35 credits - Prerequisite Requirements (for out-of-province students) 18 credits - Required Performance 24 credits - Complementary Performance 22 credits - Required Courses (Theory, Musicianship and Music ...

For more information, see Major Early Music Performance (Baroque Violin, Viola, Cello, Viola da Gamba, Flute, Recorder, Oboe, Organ, Harpsichord and Early Brass Instruments) (125 credits).

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Early Music Performance (Voice) (126 credits)

This program requires 91 credits (plus 35 credits for the Freshman requirement for out-of-province students). 126 credits selected as follows: 35 credits - Prerequisite Requirements (for out-of-province students) 22 credits - Required Performance 12 credits - Complementary Performance 31 credits - Required Courses (Theory, Musicianship, History, ...

For more information, see Major Early Music Performance (Voice) (126 credits).

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Performance Jazz (Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Voice) (126 credits)

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Jazz Performance (Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Voice) program requires 91 credits (plus 35 credits for the Freshman requirement for out-of-province students). 126 credits are selected as follows: 35 credits - Prerequisite Requirements (for out-of-province students) 18 credits - Required ...

For more information, see Major Performance Jazz (Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Drums, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Voice) (126 credits).

Minor Early Music Performance (18 credits)

The Minor in Early Music Performance offers an opportunity for B.Mus. students to learn the elements of early music performance practice, and to play an early music instrument or to sing early music.

For more information, see Minor Early Music Performance (18 credits).

Licentiate in Music (L.Mus.) - Major Performance Piano (93 credits)

The Licentiate in Music (L.Mus.) Major Performance Piano is a 93-credit program. Special Requirements: 1. Continuation in the program requires a minimum grade of A- in practical instruction/exams and ensembles. 2. Candidates must take the L.Mus. Performance 1 Examination at the end of their first year of study and the L.Mus. Performance 2 and 3 ...

For more information, see Major Performance Piano (93 credits).

Licentiate in Music (L.Mus.) - Major Performance (All Instruments except Piano, Voice and Jazz) (93 credits)

The Licentiate in Music (L.Mus.) Major Performance in All Instruments except Piano, Voice, and Jazz is a 93-credit program. Ensemble Requirements: 1. Students majoring in violin, viola, or cello must commence their assigned ensembles with four terms of string quartets. 2. Violin Majors will be required to complete two terms of ensemble playing on ...

For more information, see Major Performance (All Instruments except Piano, Voice and Jazz) (93 credits).

Licentiate in Music (L.Mus.) - Major Performance Voice (105 credits)

The Licentiate in Music (L.Mus.) Major Performance Voice is a 105-credit program. Special Requirements: 1. Continuation in the program requires a minimum grade of A- in practical instruction/exams, ensembles, and voice coaching. 2. Candidates must take the L.Mus. Performance 1 Examination at the end of their first year of study and the L.Mus. Performance 2 ...

For more information, see Major Performance Voice (105 credits).

Licentiate in Music (L.Mus.) - Major Performance Jazz (100 credits)

The Licentiate in Music (L.Mus.) Major Performance Jazz is a 100-credit program with options in various instruments. Special Requirements: 1. Continuation in the program requires that a grade of A- be maintained in practical instruction/exams and ensembles. 2. Candidates must take the L.Mus. Jazz Performance 1 Examination at the end of their first year of ...

For more information, see Major Performance Jazz (100 credits).

Artist Diploma - Major Performance Voice (65 credits)

The Artist Diploma Major Performance Voice is a 65-credit program. Special Requirements: 1. Continuation in the program requires a minimum grade of A- in practical instruction/exams, ensembles, and voice coaching. 2. Candidates who have not taken the courses in Italian, French, English, and German diction as specified in the L.Mus. program must add them to ...

For more information, see Major Performance Voice (65 credits).

Artist Diploma - Major Performance (All Instruments) (62 credits)

The Artist Diploma is a 62-credit program offered in all areas of musical performance. Ensemble Requirement: Violin Majors will be required to complete two terms of ensemble playing on viola. Special Requirements: 1. Continuation in the program requires a minimum grade of A- in practical instruction/exams and ensembles. 2. Guitarists may present a third ...

For more information, see Major Performance (All Instruments) (62 credits).

Special Prerequisite Courses for M.Mus. in Performance

Special Prerequisite Courses for M.Mus. in Performance

Master of Music (M.Mus.); Performance: Early Music (Thesis)
MUPD 560 (1) Intro to Research Methods in Music
3 credits from the following:
MUHL 377 (3) Baroque Opera
MUHL 380 (3) Medieval Music
MUHL 381 (3) Renaissance Music
MUHL 382 (3) Baroque Music
MUHL 383 (3) Classical Music
MUHL 395 (3) Keyboard Literature before 1750
MUPP 381 (3) Topics in Performance Practice
MUTH 426 (3) Topics in Early Music Analysis
Fortepiano students:
MUHL 366 (3) The Era of the Fortepiano
Harpsichord students; 6 credits:
MUPG 272D1 (2) Continuo
MUPG 272D2 (2) Continuo
MUPG 372D1 (1) Continuo
MUPG 372D2 (1) Continuo
Organ/Lute students:
MUPG 272D1 (2) Continuo
MUPG 272D2 (2) Continuo
Voice students; 6 credits of the following:
MUPG 210 (2) Italian Diction (or equivalent)
MUPG 211 (2) French Diction (or equivalent)
MUPG 212 (2) English Diction (or equivalent)
MUPG 213 (2) German Diction (or equivalent)
Master of Music (M.Mus.); Performance: Orchestral Instruments and Guitar (Thesis)
MUPD 560 (1) Intro to Research Methods in Music
Master of Music (M.Mus.); Performance: Collaborative Piano (Thesis)
MUPD 560 (1) Intro to Research Methods in Music
4 credits of:
MUPG 210 (2) Italian Diction
MUPG 211 (2) French Diction
MUPG 212 (2) English Diction
MUPG 213 (2) German Diction
6 credits of:
MUHL 372 (3) Solo Song Outside Germany and Austria
MUHL 377 (3) Baroque Opera
MUHL 387 (3) Opera from Mozart to Puccini
MUHL 388 (3) Opera After 1900
MUHL 390 (3) The German Lied
Master of Music (M.Mus.); Performance: Piano (Thesis)
MUPD 560 (1) Intro to Research Methods in Music
Master of Music (M.Mus.); Performance: Opera and Voice (Thesis)
MUPD 560 (1) Intro to Research Methods in Music
MUPG 210 (2) Italian Diction
MUPG 211 (2) French Diction
MUPG 212 (2) English Diction
MUPG 213 (2) German Diction
One of:
MUHL 372 (3) Solo Song Outside Germany and Austria
MUHL 377 (3) Baroque Opera
MUHL 387 (3) Opera from Mozart to Puccini
MUHL 388 (3) Opera After 1900
MUHL 390 (3) The German Lied
Master of Music (M.Mus.); Performance: Organ and Church Music (Thesis)
MUPD 560 (1) Intro to Research Methods in Music
MUPG 272D1 (2) Continuo
MUPG 272D2 (2) Continuo
Master of Music (M.Mus.); Performance: Conducting (Thesis)
MUPD 560 (1) Intro to Research Methods in Music
MUSP 170 (1) Musicianship (Keyboard) 1
MUSP 171 (1) Musicianship (Keyboard) 2
Choral Conducting:
MUCT 235 (3) Vocal Techniques
MUCO 261 (2) Orchestration 1
MUHL 397 (3) Choral Literature after 1750
Orchestral and Wind Conducting:
4 credits of:
MUCO 261 (2) Orchestration 1
MUCO 360 (2) Orchestration 2
MUCO 460 (2) Orchestration 3
and:
MUHL 389 (3) Orchestral Literature
or MUHL 398 (3) Wind Ensemble Literature after 1750
Master of Music (M.Mus.); Performance: Jazz Performance (Thesis)
MUHL 393 (3) History of Jazz
MUJZ 440D1 (2) Advanced Jazz Composition
MUJZ 440D2 (2) Advanced Jazz Composition
MUJZ 461D1 (2) Advanced Jazz Arranging
MUJZ 461D2 (2) Advanced Jazz Arranging
MUJZ 493 (3) Jazz Performance Practice
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