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Organ, Guitar Performance; B.Mus. (Major)

Performance majors studying organ or guitar are trained at a professional standard. You will be encouraged to reach your potential as a performer through private lessons with renowned faculty as well as performing opportunities with our orchestral, jazz, opera and choral ensembles, and chamber music activities.

Please note: Harpsichord students admitted as of Fall 2020 will no longer follow the program structure for B.Mus. Major Performance (Organ, Harpsichord and Guitar), but that of B.Mus. Early Music Performance.

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

    Offered by:Performance
    Degree:Bachelor of Music

Program Requirement:

The Bachelor of Music; Major Performance (Organ and Guitar) program provides comprehensive training in the practical and theoretical elements of music. Throughout the program, students receive individual instruction and participate in small and large ensembles as appropriate to their area of specialization.

Required Courses

The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) - Major Performance (Organ and Guitar) program requires 91 credits
(plus 34 credits for the Freshman requirement for out-of-province students).

Special Requirements:

Continuation in the program requires a minimum grade of B- in practical instruction/exams and ensembles.

Program Prerequisites - Freshman Program (34 credits)

34 credits selected as described below, in consultation with the Program Adviser:

22 credits of Prerequisite Courses
2 credits of Assigned Small Ensemble
4 credits of Large Ensemble
6 credits of Non-Music Electives

Prerequisite Courses
22 credits, all of the courses below:

Note: Applicants who can demonstrate through auditions and placement tests that they have mastered the material in any of the courses below will be exempt from them and may proceed to more advanced courses. Students who have been admitted to a degree or diploma program with keyboard as their principal instrument are exempt from MUSP 170 (but not from MUSP 171); see section on Keyboard Proficiency testing for complete information.


  • MUHL 186 Western Musical Traditions 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUIN 180 BMus Practical Lessons 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUIN 181 BMus Practical Lessons 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUPD 135 Music as a Profession 1 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUSP 140 Musicianship Training 1 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUSP 141 Musicianship Training 2 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUSP 170 Musicianship (Keyboard) 1 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUSP 171 Musicianship (Keyboard) 2 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUTH 150 Theory and Analysis 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUTH 151 Theory and Analysis 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Required Courses (35 credits)

Performance


  • MUIN 280 BMus Practical Lessons 3 2.5 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUIN 281 BMus Practical Lessons 4 2.5 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUIN 282 BMus Performance Exam 1 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUIN 380 BMus Practical Lessons 5 2.5 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUIN 381 BMus Practical Lessons 6 2.5 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUIN 382 BMus Performance Exam 2 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUIN 480 BMus Practical Lessons 7 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUIN 481 BMus Practical Lessons 8 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUIN 482 BMus Performance Exam 3 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Theory


  • MUTH 250 Theory and Analysis 3 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUTH 251 Theory and Analysis 4 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUTH 350 Theory and Analysis 5 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Musicianship


  • MUSP 240 Musicianship Training 3 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUSP 241 Musicianship Training 4 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Music History


  • MUHL 286 Critical Thinking About Music 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Professional Development


  • MUPD 235 Music as a Profession 2 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Complementary Courses (24 credits)

Performance
12 credits*(2 credits per term; as assigned by audition) from large ensembles:


  • MUEN 563 Jazz Vocal Workshop 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 565 String Quartet Seminar 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 573 Baroque Orchestra 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 587 Cappella McGill 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 590 McGill Wind Orchestra 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 592 Chamber Jazz Ensemble 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 593 Choral Ensembles 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 594 Contemporary Music Ensemble 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 595 Jazz Ensembles 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 597 McGill Symphony Orchestra 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


4 credits*(1 credit per term) from:


  • MUEN 540 Chamber Music Project 1 0.5 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 541 Chamber Music Project 2 0.5 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 560 Chamber Music Ensemble 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 562 Guitar Ensemble 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 569 Tabla Ensemble 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUEN 580 Early Music Ensemble 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

* All ensemble courses under MUEN may be taken in multiple terms.


Musicianship
2 credits from:


  • MUSP 324 Musicianship for Strings 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUSP 346 Post-Tonal Musicianship 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUSP 354 Intro to Improv and Ornamen 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MUSP 381 Singing Renaissance Notation 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


Music History/Literature/Performance Practice
6 credits of courses with a MUHL or MUPP prefix



    Elective Courses (32 credits)

    9 credits of Music Electives; Organ majors must include the following:


    • MUPG 272D1 Continuo 2 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MUPG 272D2 Continuo 2 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    3 credits of non-Music Electives

    20 credits of Free Electives (may include 2 credits of courses with a MUEN prefix)



      Minors, double degrees and double majors

      Once you're enrolled in this program, you can apply to add a minor in another music field or from another faculty at McGill University.

      You can also apply to add a second major or degree to your B.Mus. Jazz program.

       

      Program structure

      Admissions

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      Apply by January 15 for Fall 2020 admission.

      Student resources

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      If you're a new student, check out our orientation guide (link below)!

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