Jazz M.Mus.

Program overview

The M.Mus. in Jazz Performance is flexibly designed to offer specialization in Jazz Composition, Jazz Performance, and Jazz Orchestra training. All students take courses in jazz pedagogy, composition, and arranging, and benefit from close interaction with a diverse, creative, and professionally active faculty. A recital and a CD recording of original music are the principal thesis requirements.


For a complete list of Jazz Area faculty members, visit the area's webpage.

Resources and Opportunities

  • Outstanding ensembles including The McGill Jazz Orchestra, ten-piece McGill Chamber ensemble and wide range of jazz combos, among others;
  • Tutorial instruction that includes improvisation, composition, and arranging;
  • Vibrant Montreal jazz scene with many performance opportunities and musical engagement;
  • Prestigious opportunities to perform and record with professionals.


Students in this program have received funding from sources such as: Schulich and Graduate Scholarships; teaching opportunities in Jazz Theory, Jazz Ear Training, Jazz Ear Training, Jazz Orchestra 3, Jazz Improvisation, and Jazz Combo (teaching opportunities vary from year to year).


Graduates have active touring careers, teach in university jazz programs, and have produced recordings that have earned Juno awards. McGill singers are selected to participate in various professional young artist programs and have won major national and international auditions including the MET auditions and NATSAA.

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