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Join peers committed to deepening the mastery of their chosen disciplines. Students will learn from distinguished faculty members at the School of Creative and Performing Arts. The school provides intensive study in history, theory, practice, electroacoustic media, musicology, multimedia, sonic arts, performance, music education and more. It also encourages students interested in integrative approaches to performance practice, interdisciplinary research and creative activity. The School of Creative and Performing Arts holds over 80 concerts per year. Students will have a unique opportunity to experience and perform music in the Rozsa Centre`s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, one of Western Canada's premiere recital facilities.
Conducting: Applications for this specialization are suspended.
Performance: Students must complete a graduate course in either Music Theory, Composition, Sonic Arts or Music History and Literature. Students will also take Research Techniques and Bibliography of Music, two Advanced Performance Practicums, four electives.
Sonic Arts: Research Techniques and Bibliography of Music, Topics in Electroacoustic Music, Projects in Computer Music, three electives.
Music Education: A graduate level course in Music Theory, Composition, Sonic Arts or Music History and Literature, and six electives.
Thesis/Project: Students will complete a thesis, recital, performances or a similar substantial project which is applicable to their program.
Diagnostic Tests and Comprehensive Exam: Diagnostic tests in music history and theory will be given at the start of the program and a comprehensive oral examination encompassing all areas of the chosen field is required following the completion of course work.
Music Teacher, Professor, Instrumental Clinician, Researcher, Performer (soloist, ensemble or orchestral), Conductor, Director, Composer, Technologist, Computer Music Programmer/Designer, Arts and Media Computing, Arts Event or Policy Management.
A master’s degree in music will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.
Students are required to prepare a thesis (which may be interpreted as a performance or other creative project, depending on specialization)
Six to eight courses, depending on specialization
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A completed Bachelor of Music degree (or equivalent). Must include study in your area of specialization.
A one page letter detailing the applicant's reasons for pursuing graduate study
A live audition or video/audio recording. Repertoire for the audition must contain representative works from a variety of historical periods and must demonstrate an advanced level of technical accomplishment. Recordings should be approximately 20-30 minutes in length. Live auditions are scheduled for early February.
Demonstrated ability on a major instrument or voice in an audition, either a video of approximately fifteen minutes or in-person audition to be scheduled for early February. A video audition for conducting is also needed.
A portfolio of at least three recent compositions, together with recordings (where available). Applicants wishing to specialize in electroacoustic composition must submit recordings.
A portfolio of recent sonic arts creative and/or research projects. A research paper.
An essay on a topic in Music Education prepared during or subsequent to the applicant’s undergraduate work. A CV demonstrating two years of successful teaching experience or equivalent professional involvement in music education.
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
For admission on September 1:
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