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We ask many different kinds of questions about music, and use many different approaches to answering them.


We foster rich multidisciplinary research and many forms of collaboration

The Schulich School of Music is a university in miniature, bringing together multiple research paradigms for the study, performance, and creation of many different kinds of music.


early music, opera, orchestral music, chamber music, keyboards (piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, organ), new music, jazz


 new music, with and without computers


musicology, music theory, digital humanities

Social Sciences

 education, pedagogy


acoustics, computer science, psychoacoustics, music psychology


sound analysis and synthesis, instrument design, new digital instruments, sound recording


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Research centres and laboratories

Learn more about our research activities and innovations

Our performers and scholars win prizes and receive grants from many different funding agencies and organizations inside and outside Canada. We invite leading figures in the study of music to McGill each year.  


The Music Multimedia Room is one of the largest sound stages in North America and is highly sought after for film and orchestra recording. 


The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) is a multi-disciplinary research group centered at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

Research Laboratories

Enhancing the training of elite musicians through interdisciplinary research.


Research Chairs

Meet our award winning researchers.

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