Apply in 6 Steps: Early Music M.Mus.

Already prepared? Go straight to On#, the graduate application form.

Step 1: Connect

  • Contact dorian.bandy [at] (Prof. Dorian Bandy) if you have questions about the program or [at] (email our admissions staff) for help applying.
  • Visit or speak with us at anytime about the university and student life in Montreal.

1a. Explore the program and faculty profiles

Make sure this program meets your needs and find out who the Early Music Area faculty members are. Depending on your interests, you might want to explore profiles in other areas too. It's not mandatory, but we encourage you to discuss your interests with a potential supervisor or teacher before applying.

1b. Admission dates and deadlines

Application opens Deadline to apply for fall admission Admission decisions sent to applicants
October 1 December 1 (all applicants) late February to March

If you've missed the deadline, [at] (email our admissions staff). Late applications may be cancelled without refund and may not be considered for entrance scholarships/financial aid.

1c. Meet minimum admission requirements

Acceptance into this program is competitive and the final admissions decision rests with the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office. To be considered, you should have:

  • An undergraduate degree or diploma in music performance, or its equivalent, from a university recognized by McGill.
  • A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 out of a possible 4.0, or a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 out of 4.0 in your last two years of full-time studies.
  • Proficiency in English, the primary language of instruction at McGill.

Step 2: Check costs and funding options

Find out about funding and financial aid opportunities, cost of living and tuition fees.

Step 3: Prepare application materials

You will need to submit the following when you apply:

  1. Online On# aoolication and application fees.
  2. Transcripts from each college/university-level institution that you have attended.
  3. Two letters of recommendation (if you are currently a McGill student, you are exempt).
  4. Personal statement: Describe your reasons for applying to the Early Music M.Mus. program at McGill University. Include qualifications, qualities or circumstances that are significant. Outline your educational and professional goals, your expectations of the program and your perception of your own strengths and weaknesses (one page, PDF format, maximum size 5 MB).
  5. Curriculum Vitae (CV): An overview of your experience and other qualifications, including employment, academic credentials, publications, honours, awards, contributions and significant achievements (PDF format, maximum size 5 MB).
  6. Your supervisor or teacher preference (optional).
  7. Proof of English language proficiency, if required.
  8. list of repertoire worked on during the past four years (indicate level to which pieces were prepared, e.g., performance standard, simple reading, reading plus some detailed work). Upload to Repertoire Listing in the application (PDF format, maximum 2 MB).
  9. For early music voice applicants only: Upload screening material by December 1st directly to your music portfolio (On# application). A 30 minute video (camera facing the conductor) showing 15 minutes of a rehearsal and 15 minutes of performance excerpts featuring a minimum of two contrasting works.
  10. Recorded video audition by December 1st if you are applying for a Joint Canada Graduate Scholarship CGS).

Step 4: Apply online

By December 1st:

  1. Get your supporting materials together. Please apply by December 1st and upload your documents by December 15th. Documents are uploaded after you file your application.
  2. If this is your first time using On# (McGill's online application form), create an account. You will be given a username and password for future use.
  3. Complete the graduate admission application HERE. During this stage, provide the names and valid institutional email addresses of the people providing your letters of recommendation. McGill will contact them directly. 
  4. Pay the $129.03 application fee and the $77.41 audition fee (both non-refundable). After this, you will get an email confirming that you have successfully applied and that you can upload your supporting materials.
  5. Upload your supporting material to your application.
  6. For all voice applicants: Upload your screening material by December 1 directly into your music portfolio (On# application)
  7. Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) applicants: Upload your recorded video audition (avi, mov, mp4 or wmv format) upload to your music portfolio (On# application)
  8. Arrange for submission of proof of English language proficiency to McGill, if required.

Step 5: Audition

If you are unable to attend an on-campus audition, the deadline to submit your recorded video audition is December 15th.

Step 6: Accept

Already auditioned and trying to track your application status? Newly admitted? Take the next steps.

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