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Music Composition

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Program Information

School:McGill University
Faculty:Schulich School of Music
Field of Study:Music Theory and Composition
Description:Students in the Composition Area receive private instruction from some of Canada's most accomplished composers whose works appear on dozens of recordings and are performed frequently throughout the world. Students also benefit from the yearly international new music festivals co-sponsored by the Schulich School of Music, namely, MusiMarch and Montréal Nouvelles Musiques (MNM). Another initiative is the student composer-in-residence program where young composers write new music for various Faculty ensembles performing in high-profile concerts. These works have been the source of numerous prizes and awards won by student composers.

Other opportunities exist for students to hear their writing projects: readings by the McGill Symphony Orchestra of exercises from the Advanced Orchestration course; studio and concert presentations of recent accomplishments from the Digital Composition Studios; and, lastly, ensemble music of all varieties in formal concert performances given by the Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME).
URL:Music Composition at McGill University
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $6,031
National: $11,427
International: $24,682
Careers:Conductors, Composers and ArrangersMusicians and Singers

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    A DEC in Music or equivalent. If you have a DEC in a field other than music, you must have the equivalent music prerequisites. No additional prerequisite courses are required. Audition and academic record determine admissibility. (Music does not use the Cote R). B.Mus./B.Ed. applicants must also meet Education requirements.

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 80] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Portfolio
    2-3 samples of written work for evaluation by staff.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 02, 2019