Music History

Quebec CEGEP
Previous year's cutoff:
Your overall CEGEP average must be 75% or higher if you're applying to a performance program, 80% or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
Prerequisite courses:

You need a diploma of collegial studies.

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Minor

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Ontario high school
Previous year's cutoff:
Your grade 11 and 12 average must be 75% or higher if you're applying to a performance program, 80% or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
Prerequisite courses:

You need a high school diploma from Ontario, including six pre-university courses (4U, 4M). You must have taken four 4U level courses or three 4Us plus three or more 4Ms.

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Minor

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other Canadian high school
Previous year's cutoff:
Your grade 11 and 12 average must be 75% or higher if you're applying to a performance program, 80% or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
Prerequisite courses:

You need a high school diploma.

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Minor

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

U.S. high school
Previous year's cutoff:
Your grades 10-12 average must be B or higher if you're applying to a performance program, B+ or higher if you're applying to a music research program.
Prerequisite courses:

You need a high school diploma. The SAT/ACT is not required for admission, but is required if you want to be assessed for academic scholarships.

Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Minor

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other
Previous year's cutoff:

While the minimum requirement for McGill is the equivalent of a B+ average, most programs will have higher requirements. See the complete admissions requirements for more information applicable to your situation.

Prerequisite courses:
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Minor

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

See the complete requirements

Overview

The undergraduate music history program will challenge you to think critically about music. Course materials explore topics like the place of music in different cultural contexts, the social condition of musicians, the evolution of performing styles, and the different ways music can project meaning and reflect identity.

You will be taught the parameters of different musical styles and given the tools to understand musical syntax. Classes offer exposure to a wide variety of music within the Western classical tradition as well as to jazz and popular idioms.

Your classes will be both theoretical and practical, with the latter focusing on musicianship and training on the keyboard.


Careers

Music History provides excellent preparation not only for graduate study in musicology, but also for a considerable range of professional training programs including journalism, information sciences, arts administration, and teaching.

You could become a professional

  • Musicologist
  • Music instructor
  • Community
  • Music journalist
  • Community programmer

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Schulich School of Music.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.

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