Music Performance

Program Overview

Students can apply to the Faculty of Music in two degree programs:

  • The Master of Music (MMus), which offers the following fields:
    • Applied Music and Health
    • ​Collaborative Piano
    • Composition
    • Conducting
    • Historical Performance
    • Instrumental
    • Jazz
    • Music Technology and Digital Media
    • Opera
    • Piano Pedagogy
    • Vocal
    • Vocal Pedagogy
  • The Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), which offers the following fields:
    • Composition
    • Performance

 


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline DMA, MMus:

29-Nov-2019

DMA, MMus:

29-Nov-2019

Supporting documents deadline DMA, MMus:

13-Dec-2019

DMA, MMus:

13-Dec-2019

Minimum admission average MMus:

mid-B or better over the final two years

DMA:

B+ or better

MMus:

mid-B or better over the final two years

DMA:

B+ or better

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? DMA, MMus:

After

DMA, MMus:

After

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? DMA, MMus:

No

DMA, MMus:

No

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MMus:

Student upon approval

DMA:

Student upon approval

MMus:

Student upon approval

DMA:

Student upon approval

Program length (full-time only) MMus:

6 Sessions

DMA:

4 Years

MMus:

6 Sessions

DMA:

4 Years


Master of Music, Applied Music and Health Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization from the University of Toronto with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years or an equivalent program (Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts in Music) and standing from another recognized university.

  • Selected applicants must pass an audition and interview.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 7.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4444Y0 Applied Music I (Year 1)

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 7110H Neurosciences of Music: Scientific Foundations, Clinical Translations​ (Year 1)

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 7400H Introduction to Music in Health Care (Year 1)

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 7412H Elementary Improvisation Methods (Year 1)

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 7415H Topics in Music and Health Care I (Year 1)

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 7416H Topics in Music and Health Care II (Year 2)

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4115H Principles of Clinical Performance Pedagogy (Year 2)

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4112Y Clinical Performance Practicum (Year 2)

    • 1.0 FCE: Music electives

    • 1.0 FCE: general electives (in Music or, with permission, outside of Music).

  • MUS 4166Y Performance Project (Credit/No Credit) (end of Year 1).

  • MUS 4188Y Public Capstone Presentation (Credit/No Credit) (end of Year 2).

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is grad​ed when completed.



Master of Music, Collaborative Piano Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization from the University of Toronto with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years or an equivalent program and standing from another recognized university.

  • Selected applicants must pass an audition.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 7.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4444Y0 Applied Music I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4445Y0 Applied Music II

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4200Y Seminar in Music Literature, normally taken in Year 1

    • 0.5 FCE selected from

      • MUS 4600H Performance Practices Before 1800

      • MUS 4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

      • MUS 4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4213H Advanced Repertoire for Singers and Pianists I

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4214H Advanced Repertoire for Singers and Pianists II

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4502H Collaborative Piano Techniques I

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4506H Sonata Coaching I

    • MUS 4508H Collaborative Piano Techniques II Instrumental or MUS 4509H Collaborative Piano Techniques II Vocal

    • 0.5 FCE elective.

  • Based on the outcome of preliminary consultations with the department, students may be required to take:

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4520H Advanced Diction Studies—French or

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4521H Advanced Diction Studies—Italian or

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4522H Advanced Diction Studies—Ger​man.

  • Two recitals.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is grad​ed when completed.



Master of Music, Composition Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization from the University of Toronto with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years or an equivalent program and standing from another recognized university.

  • Applicants must submit several original compositions, at least one of which shall be with moderately large instrumentation.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) taken over two years, including:

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 3100Y MMus Advanced Composition I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 3105Y MMus Advanced Composition II

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 3990Y MMus Composition Thesis.

  • Students may be required to take courses in addition to the 6.0 FCEs based on the results of diagnostic tests in musical analysis, counterpoint, and harmony given upon entrance.

  • Under the guidance of an advisor, each student will prepare an original composition in large form or an electroacoustic composition of comparable dimensions which will be defended at a Final Oral Examination.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time



Master of Music, Conducting Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization from the University of Toronto with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years or an equivalent program and standing from another recognized university.

  • Selected applicants must pass an audition.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 8.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4200Y Seminar in Music Literature, normally taken in Year 1.

    • 0.5 FCE selected from:

      • MUS 4600H Performance Practices Before 1800 or MUS 4606H Special Topics in Performance Practice

      • MUS 4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

      • MUS 4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4444Y0 Applied Music I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4445Y0 Applied Music II

    • Students in orchestral conducting must also complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4220H Orchestral Conducting I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4221H Orchestral Conducting II

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4222Y Advanced Orchestral Conducting

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4223H Choral Conducting I

      • 0.5 FCE elective

    • Students in wind ensemble conducting must also complete 2.0 FCEs as follows:

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4226H Wind Ensemble Conducting I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4227H Wind Ensemble Conducting II

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4228H Advanced Wind Conducting I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4229H Advanced Wind Conducting II.

    • Students in choral conducting must also complete 3.0 FCEs as follows:

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4220H Orchestral Conducting I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4223H Choral Conducting I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4224H Choral Conducting II

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4225Y Advanced Choral Conducting

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4230Y Vocal-Choral Pedagogy for Conductors

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4700H Major Ensemble I (choral).

  • Two public performances.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is grad​ed when completed.



Master of Music, Historical Performance Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization from the University of Toronto with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years or an equivalent program and standing from another recognized university.

  • Selected applicants must pass an audition.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 7.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 5.0 FCEs must include:

      • 2.0 FCEs: MUS 4444Y0 Applied Music I and MUS 4445Y0 Applied Music II

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4200Y Seminar in Music Literature, normally taken in Year 1

      • 0.5 FCE selected from MUS 4600H Performance Practices Before 1800; MUS 4606H Special Topics in Performance Practice; MUS 4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries; MUS 4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

      • 1.0 FCE in large ensembles: MUS 4774H Schola Cantorum I and MUS 4775H Schola Cantorum II or MUS 4776H Collegium Musicum I and MUS 4777H Collegium Musicum II

    • 2.0 FCEs in electives from a specified list approved by the department.

  • Two recitals, one in each year. Recitals may include a chamber component with the approval of the department.

    • MUS 6666Y Recital I

    • MUS 8888Y Recital II.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is grad​ed when completed.



Master of Music, Instrumental Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization from the University of Toronto with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years or an equivalent program and standing from another recognized university.

  • Selected applicants must pass an audition.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 7.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), of which 5.0 FCEs must include:

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4444Y0 Applied Music I and MUS 4445Y0 Applied Music II

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4200Y Seminar in Music Literature, normally taken in Year 1

    • 1.0 FCE selected from

      • MUS 4600H Performance Practices Before 1800 or MUS 4606H Special Topics in Performance Practice

      • MUS 4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

      • MUS 4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

    • Students in brass, percussion, strings, and woodwinds will complete 1.0 FCE as two years of ensemble performance. Placement to be determined by audition.

    • In place of the ensemble performance, accordion, guitar, harp, harpsichord, organ, and piano students will select 1.0 FCE in elective courses from a specified list approved by the department.

  • Two recitals. Recitals may include a chamber music component with the approval of the department.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is grad​ed when completed.



Master of Music, Jazz Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization from the University of Toronto with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years or an equivalent program and standing from another recognized university.

  • Selected applicants must pass an audition.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 7.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4444Y0 Applied Music I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4445Y0 Applied Music II

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4300Y, normally taken in Year 1

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4606H Special Topics in Performance Practice or MUS 4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

    • Either MUS 4310Y Advanced Jazz Composition and Arranging I (1.0 FCE) or MUS 4311Y Advanced Jazz Composition and Arranging II (1.0 FCE) or 1.0 FCE chosen from a specified list approved by the department.

    • Students must also include in their programs 1.0 FCE selected from one or more of the following areas:

      • Small Group Jazz Ensemble Performance (MUS 4740H Small Group Jazz Performance I, MUS 4741H Small Group Jazz Performance II, MUS 4742H Small Group Jazz Performance III, MUS 4743H Small Group Jazz Performance IV);

      • Jazz Orchestra (MUS 4750H Jazz Orchestra I, MUS 4751H Jazz Orchestra II, MUS 4752H Jazz Orchestra III, MUS 4753H Jazz Orchestra IV);

      • Vocal Jazz Ensemble (MUS 4760H Vocal Jazz Ensemble I, MUS 4761H Vocal Jazz Ensemble II, MUS 4762H Vocal Jazz Ensemble III, MUS 4763H Vocal Jazz Ensemble IV).

  • Two recitals; however, students may ​elect to replace one recital with a significant recording project.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is grad​ed when completed.



Master of Music, Music Technology and Digital Media Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization from the University of Toronto with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years or an equivalent program and standing from another recognized university.

  • Applicants must submit a portfolio (e.g., scores, recordings, multimedia creations) that demonstrates at least two of the following:

    1. knowledge of computer applications in music;

    2. competency in music performance or composition (acoustic or digital);

    3. released body of musical works/recordings as composer, sound engineer, or producer.

  • Selected applicants must pass an audition and interview.​

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 7.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs)​ as follows:

    • Year 1 (3.5 FCEs)

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 3610H Music Entrepreneurship: Music and Cities

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 3611H Creative Applications of Technology I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 3612H Creative Applications of Technology II

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 3613H Musical Acoustics

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 3614H Sound Recording I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 3615H Sound Recording II

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 3618H Studio Orchestration and Arranging

    • ​Year 2 (3.5 FCEs)

      • ​​0.5 FCE: JDM 3619H Digital Media Distribution

      • 2.0 elective FCEs selected from an approved department list, or from another graduate unit, with permission.

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS 3666Y0 Music Technology and Digital Media Major Project (CR/NCR), completed in Year 2, consisting of a new musical composition or version recorded, mixed, produced, and mastered, integrating at least two media such as electronic and acoustic, music for picture, or live performance with multimedia. (See amendment made on September 3, 2019.)

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. Credit is given when the course is completed.



Master of Music, Opera Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization from the University of Toronto with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years or an equivalent program and standing from another recognized university.

  • Selected applicants must pass an audition.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 7.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:​

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4444Y0 Applied Music I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4445Y0 Applied Music II

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4200Y Seminar in Music Literature, taken in Year 1

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4513Y Operatic Repertory, taken in Year 2

    • 1.0 FCE chosen from a specified list approved by the department

    • 2.0 FCEs: MUS 4900Y Operatic Studies I and MUS 4901Y Operatic Studies II

  • Performance in operatic productions will be evaluated by a committee and assigned grades under MUS 4966Y Operatic Roles I and MUS 4988Y Operatic Roles II.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is grad​ed when completed.



Master of Music, Piano Pedagogy Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization from the University of Toronto with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years or an equivalent program and standing from another recognized university.

  • Selected applicants must pass an audition.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 7.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4444Y0 Applied Music I.

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4445Y0 Applied Music II.

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4200Y Seminar in Music Literature, normally taken in Year 1.

    • 0.5 FCE selected from MUS 4600H Performance Practices Before 1800; MUS 4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries; MUS 4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4270H Piano Pedagogy: Beginning and Intermediate Levels

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4271H Practicum: Beginning and Intermediate Levels

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4272H Piano Pedagogy: Advanced and University Levels

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4273H Practicum: Advanced and University Levels

    • 1.0 FCE in electives.

  • Two recitals. With approval, one recital may be replaced by a pedagogy project and presentation.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is grad​ed when completed.



Master of Music, Vocal Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization from the University of Toronto with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years or an equivalent program and standing from another recognized university.

  • Selected applicants must pass an audition.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 7.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 4.0 FCEs must include:

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4444Y0 Applied Music I

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4445Y0 Applied Music II

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4200Y Seminar in Music Literature, normally taken in Year 1

      • 0.5 FCE selected from MUS 4600H Performance Practices Before 1800 or MUS 4606H Special Topics in Performance Practice; MUS 4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries; MUS 4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

    • 3.0 FCEs chosen from a specified list approved by the department.

  • Two recitals. Recitals may include a chamber music component with the approval of the department.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is grad​ed when completed.



Master of Music, Vocal Pedagogy Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants to the MMus program must hold a Bachelor of Music degree in the area of specialization from the University of Toronto with an average standing of mid-B or better over the final two years or an equivalent program and standing from another recognized university.

  • Selected applicants must pass an audition.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 8.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4200Y Seminar in Music Literature, normally taken in Year 1

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

    • 0.5 FCE selected from MUS 4213H Advanced Repertoire for Singers and Pianists I; MUS 4231H Advanced Vocal Repertoire Study I; MUS 4730H Performance Studies I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4240Y Introduction to Voice Pedagogy and Vocology

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4241Y Advanced Vocal Pedagogy and Vocology

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4248H Optimizing the Singing Mind

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4444Y0 Applied Music I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4445Y0 Applied Music II

    • 0.5 FCE selected from MUS 4600H Performance Practices Before 1800, MUS 4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, and MUS 4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 7406H Music Psychology

    • 0.5 FCE chosen from a list of courses approved by the department.

  • Two recitals.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is grad​ed when completed.



Doctor of Musical Arts, Composition Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants for the DMA in the Composition field must hold a Master of Music Performance degree specializing in Composition from the University of Toronto, or its equivalent from another recognized university, with an average standing of B+ or better.

  • Two or more extended compositions in various media and a recording of at least one of these works must be submitted together with the application and complete academic credentials.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including:

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 3300Y DMA Advanced Composition I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 3305Y DMA Advanced Composition II

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 3999Y0 Research in Composition, selected in consultation with the advisory committee

    • Students entering from outside the University of Toronto will be given diagnostic tests in musical analysis, counterpoint, and harmony, the result of which may be additional course requirements beyond the 5.0 FCEs.

  • Upon completion of coursework, students are required to present a recital of original works (MUS 3888Y0 DMA Recital of Works) to the satisfaction of the department. In some cases, professional-quality tapes of performances totalling the equivalent of a full recital may be substituted.

  • The thesis for the DMA shall be an extended composition approved by the department, prepared under the supervision of an advisory committee and defended at the Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • The residency requirement for all students is two years, whereby students must be on campus full-time and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

Program Length

4 years full-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time



Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance Field

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Music's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants for the DMA in the Performance field must hold a Master of Music degree specializing in Performance from the University of Toronto, or its equivalent from another university, with an average standing of B+ or better.

  • Applicants are required to pass an audition.

  • An essay of approximately 3,000 words which demonstrates the student's ability to handle a research problem.

  • Applicants, whether from the University of Toronto or elsewhere, may be interviewed by the department.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete a minimum of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4800H DMA Seminar, taken in the first session.

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS 4899H0 Research in Performance, begun in the second session.

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4844Y0 Advanced Applied Music I.

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS 4845Y0 Advanced Applied Music II.

    • The remaining 2.0 FCEs must be graduate seminar courses.

    • Coursework should be completed by the end of Year 2 with an average grade of at least A–. Exceptions to the time of completion are:

      • MUS 4899H0 Research in Performance, to be taken in the Winter session of Year 1 and the Fall of Year 2, which lays the groundwork for the dissertation research and leads to a field examination at the end of Year 2; and

      • MUS 4845Y0 Advanced Applied Music II. Students may be required to take additional courses or acquire other skills to meet the needs of their proposed areas of study.

  • Students are permitted two attempts to complete the field examination. If students are unsuccessful in their second attempt at the field examination, the department will make a recommendation for program termination.

  • Three DMA recitals: MUS 4866Y0 DMA Recital I, MUS 4877Y0 DMA Recital II, and MUS 4888Y0 DMA Recital III. The format of these recitals will be determined in consultation with the supervisor and the supervisory committee.

  • Reading knowledge of one language other than English is required. The required language will be determined by the department. ​The department may require competence in additional languages. All remaining course and language requirements, including the field exam, must be completed successfully by the end of Year 2.

  • The residence requirement is two years, whereby students must be on campus full-time and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

Program Length

4 years full-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is grad​ed when completed.



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