Music Performance: Early Music (Instruments)


In the Early Music program, you will learn the elements of early music performance practice and to play an early music instrument (Baroque violin, Baroque guitar, Viola, Cello, Viola da Gamba, Flute, Recorder, Oboe, Early Brass Instruments, Lutes, Theorbo, Plucked Strings and Historical Keyboards). The program combines individual lessons and ensemble training with the study of historical approaches to performance in its various activities - workshops, master classes, guest lecturers and research projects.

McGill owns an important collection of early instruments and historical copies from the 15th to the early 19th century, including five organs, sackbuts, cornetti, baroque and classical flutes, oboes, clarinets, horns, bassoons, viols, and more than a dozen baroque string instruments.


The Early Music program is aimed to help you to pursue a career in performance. However, your courses in music theory, history, professional skills and diction will allow you to pursue many different career paths after graduation. You can even choose to pursue performance while holding other jobs related to music.

You could become a professional:

  • Performer
  • Songwriter
  • Music theorist
  • Music journalist
  • Producer

Related majors

Discover these related majors:

  • Early music voice
  • Organ, harpsichord, guitar
  • Orchestral instruments
  • Music history

Possible minors

Minors that complement this program:

  • Music history
  • Conducting
  • Music education
  • Music theory

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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