Conducting, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • N/A
  • Tuition Fee
    22793 USD/year
    Tuition fee
    12131 USD/year
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #42 (WUR) ,
Students specialize in orchestral, wind, or choral conducting. Enrolment is limited to outstanding candidates with highly developed musical skills in voice, instrumental, or piano performance.


The program provides for concentrated podium time, interactions with world-class conductors, score study, and the development of rehearsal technique. A range of seminars provides for the in-depth study of performance practice and the development of analytical skills with leading scholars in musicology and theory. Thesis performance projects involve concert recitals with various Schulich School of Music ensembles.

Some graduates continue on to doctoral studies; others pursue conducting and teaching positions in schools, orchestras, and as opera assistants.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intro to Research Methods in Music
  • Musicianship
  • Vocal Techniques
  • Orchestration
  • Choral Literature after 1750
  • Orchestration
  • Orchestral Literature
  • Wind Ensemble Literature after 1750
  • Performance Tutorial
  • Recital Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

All Applications require:

  • Online uApply application and application fee (plus audition fee for performance applicants)
  • Transcripts from each college/university-level institution that you have attended.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (exception: curent McGill students applying to a new degree need not submit recommendation letters).
  • Personal Statement: A statement describing reasons for applying to graduate studies and the Schulich School of Music. Please indicate qualifications, qualities or circumstances to be significant; please provide information about educational and professional aims and goals (PDF format maximum size 5 MB).
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): An overview of your experience and other qualifications, including employment, academic credentials, publications, honours, awards, contributions and significant achievements. This can be uploaded to your application (PDF format maximum size 5 MB).
  • Applicants to the Performance program are expected to have a background in Music Theory equivalent to the B.Mus. in Performance. Applicants found to be deficient in their background preparation may be required to take certain additional music theory undergraduate courses.
  • Live or Recorded Audition (see Audition Information for details.)

Applications may additionally require:

  • Research Proposal
  • Research Supervisor/Teacher Preference
  • Writing Samples/Portfolio
  • Thesis Abstract or Summary
  • Screening Material
  • Audition
  • English Proficiency

Work Experience

At least 4 year(s) of work experience are required.

  • All performance applicants (not including jazz); a list of repertoire worked on during the past four years (indicate level to which pieces were prepared, e.g., performance standard, simple reading, reading plus some detailed work). Please upload to Repertoire Listing (PDF format maximum 2 MB.)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    22793 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22793 USD per year and a duration of  .
  • National Applies to you

    12131 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12131 USD per year and a duration of  .
*tuition fee for whole program


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