Doctoral Colloquium

The Doctoral Colloquium is a weekly lecture series organized by the Department of Music Research.  Upcoming colloquium events are posted online in the What's On section. An electronic announcement is sent out a week before each event.


  • To provide Ph.D. students with a supportive and stimulating environment to present their research and meet their PhD peers;
  • To offer unique opportunities to engage with research presented by guest lecturers and  McGill faculty members;
  • To encourage students to attend a variety of professional development workshops that serve as a forum in which students can seek advice on professional issues.

Attendance Requirements

As a Ph.D. student, you must attend four terms of colloquium. Each term, you must attend 9 lectures:

  • Six lectures or presentations at the Doctoral Colloquium Series
  • Three additional lectures at the Doctoral Colloquium Series or a lecture/presentation held at McGill University (for example CIRMMT lectures, Skillsets workshops, Lectures at another faculty)

You are also required to present your own research at the Doctoral Colloquium Series. This is scheduled together with the coordinator.

Logging your Attendance

When attending the Friday Doctoral Colloquium:

  • Sign the attendance sheet distributed by the instructor at each presentation. 

When attending other lectures from the approved list:

- Return the signed sheets at the end of each semester to Music Graduate Studies Office.

- For Fall semester between December 5 and December 15, for Winter semester between April 15 and April 25.

Presentation Requirement

PhD students must do a presentation on their thesis research at the Colloquium during the course of their doctoral studies.  It is imperative that you contact the coordinator at the beginning of the academic year (Fall) in order to secure your spot for the Fall OR Winter semester. Students will be provided with written feedback by their peers and the coordinator  that focus on how to further polish their presentation skills. 

Evaluation is based on a Pass/Fail system.  Excused absences must be accompanied with an official written note (e.g. medical excuse).  All other absences will be marked as unexcused if not replaced by another event approved by the instructor.

Please direct any questions regarding scheduling concerns, course requirements, and attendance to the Series Coordinator, nicole.biamonte [at] (Nicole Biamonte) (email).

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