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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:

26-Nov-2021
Fall 2022 entry

DMA, MMus:

26-Nov-2021
Fall 2022 entry

Supporting documents deadline DMA, MMus:

10-Dec-2021

DMA, MMus:

10-Dec-2021

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 (Field: Applied Music and Health)

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: MUS4165Y0 Applied Music for Clinical Practice (Year 1)

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS7110H Neurosciences of Music: Scientific Foundations, Clinical Translations (Year 1)

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS7400H Introduction to Music and Health Care (Year 1)

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS7407H0 Clinical Research Practicum (Year 1)

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS7412H Elementary Improvisation Methods (Year 1)

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS7415H Topics in Music and Health Care I (Year 1)

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS7416H Topics in Music and Health Care II (Year 2)

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4112Y Clinical Performance Practicum (Year 2)

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4115Y Principles of Clinical Performance Pedagogy (Year 2)

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

  • MUS4166Y Performance Project (Credit/No Credit) (end of Year 1).

  • MUS4188Y 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 graded when completed.

Master of Music (Field: Collaborative Piano)

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: MUS4200Y Critical Approaches to Music History, normally taken in Year 1

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4444Y0 Applied Music I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4445Y0 Applied Music II

    • 0.5 FCE selected from

      • MUS4600H Performance Practices Before 1800

      • MUS4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

      • MUS4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4213H Advanced Repertoire for Singers and Pianists I

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4214H Advanced Repertoire for Singers and Pianists II

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4502H Collaborative Piano Techniques I

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4506H Sonata Coaching I

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4508H Collaborative Piano Techniques II or MUS4509H 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: MUS4520H Advanced Diction Studies I or

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4521H Advanced Diction Studies II or

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4522H Advanced Diction Studies III.

  • Two recitals, one in each year:

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS6666Y0 Recital I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS8888Y0 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 graded when completed.

Master of Music (Field: Composition)

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: MUS3100Y MMus Advanced Composition I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS3105Y MMus Advanced Composition II

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS3990Y MMus Composition Thesis

    • 3.0 elective FCEs.

  • 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 (Field: Conducting)

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: MUS4200Y Critical Approaches to Music History, normally taken in Year 1.

    • 0.5 FCE selected from:

      • MUS4600H Performance Practices Before 1800 or MUS4606H Special Topics in Performance Practice

      • MUS4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

      • MUS4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4444Y0 Applied Music I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4445Y0 Applied Music II

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

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4220H Orchestral Conducting I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4221H Orchestral Conducting II

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS4222Y Advanced Orchestral Conducting

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4223H Choral Conducting I

      • 0.5 FCE: elective

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

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS2203H Development of the Wind Band

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4226H Wind Ensemble Conducting I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4227H Wind Ensemble Conducting II

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4228H Advanced Wind Conducting I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4229H Advanced Wind Conducting II

      • 0.5 FCE: elective

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

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4220H Orchestral Conducting I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4223H Choral Conducting I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4224H Choral Conducting II

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS4225Y Advanced Choral Conducting

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS4230Y Vocal-Choral Pedagogy for Conductors

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4700H Major Ensemble I (choral).

  • Two recitals, one in each year:

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS6666Y0 Recital I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS8888Y0 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 graded when completed.

Master of Music (Field: Historical Performance)

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:

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS4200Y Critical Approaches to Music History, normally taken in Year 1

      • 2.0 FCEs: MUS4444Y0 Applied Music I and MUS4445Y0 Applied Music II

      • 0.5 FCE selected from:

        • MUS4600H Performance Practices Before 1800

        • MUS4606H Special Topics in Performance Practice

        • MUS4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

        • MUS4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

      • 1.0 FCE in large ensembles:

        • MUS4774H Schola Cantorum I and MUS4775H Schola Cantorum II or

        • MUS4776H Collegium Musicum I and MUS4777H Collegium Musicum II

    • 2.0 elective FCEs 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.

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS6666Y0 Recital I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS8888Y0 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 graded when completed.

Master of Music (Field: Instrumental)

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: MUS4200Y Critical Approaches to Music History, normally taken in Year 1

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4444Y0 Applied Music I and MUS4445Y0 Applied Music II

    • 1.0 FCE selected from

      • MUS4600H Performance Practices Before 1800 or MUS4606H Special Topics in Performance Practice

      • MUS4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

      • MUS4615H 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.

    • Students in piano solo performance must complete MUS5700H Piano Master Class I (0.5 FCE) and MUS5701H Piano Master Class II (0.5 FCE).

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

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS6666Y0 Recital I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS8888Y0 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 graded when completed.

Master of Music (Field: Jazz)

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: MUS4300Y, normally taken in Year 1

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4444Y0 Applied Music I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4445Y0 Applied Music II

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4606H Special Topics in Performance Practice and MUS4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

    • 1.0 FCE: either

      • MUS4310Y Advanced Jazz Composition and Arranging I or

      • MUS4311Y Advanced Jazz Composition and Arranging II 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

        • MUS4740H Small Group Jazz Performance I

        • MUS4741H Small Group Jazz Performance II

        • MUS4742H Small Group Jazz Performance III

      • Jazz Orchestra

        • MUS4750H Jazz Orchestra I

        • MUS4751H Jazz Orchestra II

        • MUS4752H Jazz Orchestra III

        • MUS4753H Jazz Orchestra IV

      • Vocal Jazz Ensemble

        • MUS4760H Vocal Jazz Ensemble I

        • MUS4761H Vocal Jazz Ensemble II

        • MUS4762H Vocal Jazz Ensemble III

        • MUS4763H Vocal Jazz Ensemble IV.

  • Two recitals, one in each year. However, students may elect to replace one recital with a significant recording project.

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS6666Y0 Recital I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS8888Y0 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 graded when completed.

Master of Music (Field: Music Technology and Digital Media)

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:

    • knowledge of computer applications in music;

    • competency in music performance or composition (acoustic or digital);

    • 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: MUS3610H Music Entrepreneurship: Music and Cities

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS3611H Creative Applications of Technology I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS3612H Creative Applications of Technology II

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS3614H Sound Recording I

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS3615H Sound Recording II

      • 1.0 elective FCE:

        • 0.5 FCE selected from Music Technology and Digital Media and

        • 0.5 FCE selected from any of the Faculty of Music graduate courses.

    • Year 2 (3.5 FCEs)

      • 0.5 FCE: JDM3619H Digital Media Distribution (Credit/No Credit)

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

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS3666Y0 Music Technology and Digital Media Major Project (Credit/No Credit), 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.

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 (Field: Opera)

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: MUS4200Y Critical Approaches to Music History, taken in Year 1

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4444Y0 Applied Music I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4445Y0 Applied Music II

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4513Y Operatic Repertory, taken in Year 2

    • 2.0 FCEs: MUS4900Y Operatic Studies I and MUS4901Y Operatic Studies II

    • 0.5 FCE: elective chosen from a specified list approved by the department.

  • Performance in operatic productions will be evaluated by a committee and assigned grades under MUS4966Y0 Operatic Roles I (1.0 FCE) and MUS4988Y0 Operatic Roles II (1.0 FCE).

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 graded when completed.

Master of Music (Field: Piano Pedagogy)

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: MUS4200Y Critical Approaches to Music History, normally taken in Year 1.

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4444Y0 Applied Music I.

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4445Y0 Applied Music II.

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4270H Piano Pedagogy: Beginning and Intermediate Levels

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4271H Practicum: Beginning and Intermediate Levels

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4272H Piano Pedagogy: Advanced and University Levels

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4273H Practicum: Advanced and University Levels

    • 0.5 FCE selected from:

      • MUS4600H Performance Practices Before 1800

      • MUS4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

      • MUS4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

    • 1.0 FCE: electives.

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

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS6666Y0 Recital I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS8888Y0 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 graded when completed.

Master of Music (Field: Vocal)

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: MUS4200Y Critical Approaches to Music History, normally taken in Year 1

      • 0.5 FCE: MUS4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS4444Y0 Applied Music I

      • 1.0 FCE: MUS4445Y0 Applied Music II

      • 0.5 FCE selected from:

        • MUS4600H Performance Practices Before 1800 or MUS4606H Special Topics in Performance Practice;

        • MUS4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries;

        • MUS4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

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

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

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS6666Y0 Recital I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS8888Y0 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 graded when completed.

Master of Music (Field: Vocal Pedagogy)

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: MUS4200Y Critical Approaches to Music History, normally taken in Year 1

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4210H Introduction to Music Analysis

    • 0.5 FCE selected from:

      • MUS4213H Advanced Repertoire for Singers and Pianists I

      • MUS4231H Advanced Vocal Repertoire Study I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4240Y Introduction to Voice Pedagogy and Vocology

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4241Y Advanced Vocal Pedagogy and Vocology

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4248H Optimizing the Singing Mind

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4444Y0 Applied Music I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4445Y0 Applied Music II

    • 0.5 FCE selected from

      • MUS4600H Performance Practices Before 1800

      • MUS4610H Analysis and Performance: Music of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

      • MUS4615H Analysis and Performance Practices of Twentieth-Century Music

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS7406H Music Psychology

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

  • Two recitals:

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS6666Y0 Recital I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS8888Y0 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 graded when completed.

Doctor of Musical Arts (Field: Composition)

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: MUS3300Y DMA Advanced Composition I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS3305Y DMA Advanced Composition II

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS3999Y0 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 (MUS3888Y0 DMA Recital of Works; 1.0 FCE) 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

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

Doctor of Musical Arts (Field: Performance)

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: MUS4800H DMA Seminar, taken in the first session.

    • 0.5 FCE: MUS4899H Research in Performance, begun in the second session.

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4844Y0 Advanced Applied Music I.

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4845Y0 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:

      • MUS4899Y 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

      • MUS4845Y0 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.

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4866Y0 DMA Recital I

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4877Y0 DMA Recital II

    • 1.0 FCE: MUS4888Y0 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 graded when completed.

James Conquer

“I have developed close friendships and musical collaborations that will continue for a long time.”

James Conquer
Master's (2019), Music Performance
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