Degrees and Diplomas Offered

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Music Degrees and Diplomas Offered

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)

The Bachelor of Music degree (B.Mus.) may be obtained in any one of the following fields:

  • Faculty Program
  • Faculty Program Music – Jazz Concentration
  • Music Composition
  • Music Education – available only as a component of the Concurrent B.Mus./B.Ed. program
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Performance
  • Early Music Performance
  • Jazz Performance

Faculty Programs

Faculty Programs

These programs are designed to accommodate those students who are interested in combining studies in music with studies in other disciplines; who are interested in a pattern of specialization not provided in the established major programs; or who are undecided about the area of music in which they wish to specialize.

The Faculty Program – Jazz Concentration has been designed to accommodate students who fit this profile and whose primary training is in jazz.

All of the above B.Mus. programs normally require three years of study following completion of the Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies or four years of study following completion of secondary school elsewhere.

B.A. Major Concentration in Music

B.A. Major Concentration in Music

The Faculty of Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major concentration in Music. Further details on the program can be found in Faculty of Arts > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Music (MUAR) > Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Music (36 credits).

Minor Programs

Minor Programs

The following programs are available to students to replace major and/or free elective courses. Please refer to each program's description for exceptions and further details.

Minors offered through the Desautels Faculty of Management for non-management students are available to B.Mus. students that have completed the necessary prerequisites. Further information on the minors listed below can be found at Desautels Faculty of Management > Undergraduate > Overview of Programs Offered by the Desautels Faculty of Management > Minors for Non-Management Students.

Minor programs in Music are also available to students in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science. Further information on these minors can be found at Faculty of Arts > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Music (MUAR) and at Faculty of Science > Undergraduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Music.

Master of Music (M.Mus.)

Master of Music (M.Mus.)

The Master of Music degree (M.Mus.) is available in Composition, Performance, and Sound Recording. Specializations offered within the Performance option are:

  • piano
  • guitar
  • orchestral instruments (including orchestral training)
  • organ and church music
  • conducting
  • collaborative piano
  • opera and voice
  • early music
  • jazz

M.Mus. Performance (Prerequisite courses)

M.Mus. Performance (Prerequisite courses)

Students wishing to prepare for the Master of Music in Performance should include, in their Bachelor of Music program, the courses listed under Special Prerequisite Courses for M.Mus. in Performance.

M.Mus. Sound Recording (Prerequisite courses)

M.Mus. Sound Recording (Prerequisite courses)

Students wishing to prepare for the Master of Music in Sound Recording should include, in their Bachelor of Music program, the courses listed under Special Prerequisite Courses for M.Mus. in Sound Recording.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master of Arts degree (M.A.) is available as a thesis option in Music Education, Music Technology, Musicology (with an option in Gender and Women's Studies), and Theory (with an option in Gender and Women's Studies) and as a non-thesis option in Music Education, Musicology, and Theory.

Licentiate in Music (L.Mus.)

Licentiate in Music (L.Mus.)

The Licentiate in Music is offered in Performance and is designed for advanced instrumentalists, singers, and jazz performers who wish to concentrate on their practical subject while limiting their theoretical studies to basic areas in Music History, Music Theory, and Musicianship. This program normally requires three years of study. For more information, please see:

Graduate Diploma in Performance

Graduate Diploma in Performance

The Graduate Diploma in Performance is a one-year graduate diploma that allows excellent musicians to refine their technique and master repertoire through intensive coaching, practice and performance projects.

Designed as a polishing diploma, the program prepares musicians for professional careers as soloists, opera singers, collaborative pianists, chamber, jazz and orchestral musicians or for further graduate studies in performance. Flexible program requirements enable a range of performance options including solo, chamber, recording, orchestral auditions, and creative collaborations.

Graduate Artist Diploma

Graduate Artist Diploma

The Graduate Artist Diploma is the uppermost diploma offered at the Schulich School of Music.

This program is tailored for artist performers wishing to achieve the highest level of artistry in their craft through intensive coaching, practicing, and performance projects. Candidates are preparing for stage careers as soloists and orchestral musicians, opera singers, collaborative pianists, and chamber ensembles.

It is a year-long program, with flexible requirements and a range of performance project options relevant to the diverse opportunities of the modern artist (chamber, recording, creative collaborations, etc.).

Doctor of Music (D.Mus.)

Doctor of Music (D.Mus.)

The Doctor of Music (D.Mus.) degree is offered in Composition and Performance Studies.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) is available in Music – Composition, Gender and Women Studies – Music, Music Education, Musicology, Music Technology, Sound Recording, and Theory. Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged.

For details regarding master’s and doctoral programs, please consult the Schulich School of Music Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies section.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)
Schulich School of Music—2017-2018 (last updated Aug. 17, 2017) (disclaimer)