Performance Studies D.Mus.

Program Overview

This program is for the inspired artist/scholar interested in expanding horizons. Students perform or conduct (wind, choral, orchestral, opera, jazz) at a professional or near-professional level, are curious, and have research interests linked to their artistic practice.

Two performance (recital/recording) projects extend repertoire interests. Comprehensive examinations develop credentials in three areas of expertise in preparation for teaching careers, while articulating the background and critical issues surrounding students’ thesis work. The latter consists of a lecture/recital and a paper (including a recording of the recital).

This artistic research may assume a variety of forms from the study of scores, works, and contextual influences through the analysis of performance itself and the creation of new works. A broad range of seminars explore performance practice in the broader humanistic and scientific contexts of music, while encouraging the critical thinking and the fertile exchange of ideas that promote new ways of engaging with music.


Students benefit from exceptional mentoring by internationally renowned coaches and the research expertise of faculty from the Department of Music Research.

For a complete list of faculty by performance area, view our faculty profiles.

Resources & Opportunities

Students benefit from:

  • Master classes;
  • Cutting-edge performance, recording and research facilities;
  • Opportunities to collaborate with strong composition students;
  • Equipment resources of the Digital Composition Studios and CIRMMT;
  • Collaboration opportunities with other artistic disciplines through IPLAI, CIRMMT, and networking with European Conservatory Artistic Research group;
  • The rich performance life of the Schulich School of Music and Montreal.


Students in this program have won Schulich Graduate Excellence fellowships, SSHRC, Fulbright, DAAD, FRQSC, Canada Council fellowships; they have also won Golden Violin, recording and other national and international performance competitions.


Graduates pursue teaching and performing careers in a wide variety of contexts, and have won major national and international competitions.

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