The Master of Music in performance degree (project-based) requires a minimum of 24 post-baccalaureate credit units. The degree is offered in the following areas: Piano, Collaborative Piano, Voice, Trumpet, Saxophone and Conducting/Music Education. Within Conducting/Music Education, there are two areas of emphasis: choral or wind.

Admission Requirements

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a completed on-line application, the application fee and all supporting application documents
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study

For more information on language proficiency requirements, see the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies for more information.

Additional Selection Criteria ONLY for Conducting Concentration

  • Applicants will audition by submission of a video recording demonstrating their conducting ability.

See department website for application and deadline details.

Degree Requirements (Piano, Collaborative Piano, Voice, Trumpet and Saxophone Concentrations)

Students must maintain continuous registration in the 992 course.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects
  • MUS 990.0
  • MUS 992.0
  • participation in professional activities
  • second language requirement (voice only)

A minimum of 24 credits units, including the following:

  • 9 credit units of 800-level MUS electives as approved by the Advisory Committee
  • MUS 811.3
  • MUS 812.3
  • MUS 813.3
  • MUS 814.3
  • 3 credit units in the following:
    • MUS 822.3
    • MUS 845.3
    • MUS 851.3
    • MUS 855.3
    • MUS 821.3
    • MUS 852.3
    • MUS 853.3
    • MUS 854.3

Degree Requirements (Music Education Concentration)

Note that no new students will be admitted to this concentration in 2021-22. Please visit the Program Addendum for information on the new M.Mus. programs in Music Education.

Students must maintain continuous registration in the 992 course.

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects
  • MUS 992.0
  • keyboard requirement (non-keyboard majors)
  • participation in professional activities

A minimum of 24 credits units, including the following:

  • EMUS 838.3 or EMUS 848.3
  • MUAP 820.0
  • MUS 828.3 or MUS 838.3
  • MUS 841.3 (Graduate students who have previously taken a bibliography course may petition the Department of Music Graduate Committee to have the bibliography requirement waived and to have another 800-level elective substituted in its place)
  • MUS 845.3
  • MUS 853.3 or MUS 854.3
  • Three of: MUS 833.3, MUS 863.3, EMUS 841.3, EPSE 843.3, EMUS 890.3 and MUS 898.3

Degree Requirements (Conducting Concentration)

Note: Additional Selection Criteria for the Conducting Concentration: 

  • Applicants will audition by submission of a video recording demonstrating their conducting ability.

Students must maintain continuous registration in the 992 course.

  • GPS 960.0 
  • GPS 961.0
  • GPS 962.0 
  • MUS 990.0
  • MUS 992.0

A minimum of 24 credits units, including the following:

  • MUS 811.3
  • MUS 812.3
  • MUS 813.3
  • MUS 814.3
  • MUS 838.3
  • 3 credit units from the following:
    • MUS 821.3
    • MUS 845.3
    • MUS 853.3
    • MUS 854.3
    • MUS 822.3
    • MUS 855.3
  • 6 credit units of electives approved by the student's advisory committee