McGill University

Music: Composition

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Program Information

School:McGill University
Faculty:Schulich School of Music
Field of Study:Music Theory and Composition
Description:The Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.); Major in Composition program offers students a solid grounding in the basics of classical music composition for instruments and voices, with or without electronics. This is achieved through lecture courses and tutorials (private composition lessons in the third and fourth years of the program). The study of topics related to music theory helps to hone students' compositional technique, while the study of topics related to music history helps to develops students' critical thinking skills.

Free elective courses allow students either to focus on an area of secondary interest as a minor degree, or to pursue a broader range of course offerings, either within or outside the Schulich School of Music.
URL:Music: Composition at McGill University
Length:3 Year(s)
Careers:Conductors, Composers and ArrangersMusicians and Singers

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
Prerequisites:*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]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Portfolio
    2-3 samples of written work for evaluation by staff.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * 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 August 18, 2021