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City Notes:

A network of Mennonite Colleges offers music programs which may be incorporated into degrees offered by the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg.

Street Address:

Queen Elizabeth II Music Building, 270 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9, Canada


+1 204 728 6839


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Music (Honours). Studies include performance (classical, jazz), composition, theory, music history and literature, music education. Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education. In music education.


Graduate program


Master of Music in Performance and Literature. Solo performance (classical, jazz), composition, choral or wind band conducting. Master of Music Education. By research and thesis.

Institution Notes:

A co-educational, non-denominational, government-supported institution that can trace its history back to 1880, with a school of music added in 1906. It was granted its current name and status in 1967. The School of Music is housed in the Queen Elizabeth II Music Building which itself houses the Jill Hodson Memorial Jazz Collection of recordings, videos, periodicals and books. Facilities include some fine performance spaces and a state-of-the-art electronic music studio. The Eckhardt-Gramatté Conservatory of Music housed at the School of Music offers programs in music for the very young as well as performance programs for interested local students. It includes programs in Orff Schulwerk and Suzuki approaches. Member of the University of the Arctic.

Country Notes:


Initial music training for young children is generally provided by a large network of private teachers offering instruction in their homes. Some primary schools have class music programs and many schools, particularly secondary, employ instrumental teachers for students wishing to learn at school.


Entry to tertiary level professional music training courses is normally following completion of secondary schooling. Such training is available in conservatories, colleges and universities. An extensive network of independent Bible Colleges offers intensive music training in a number of Canadian provinces. Music programs at these Colleges may in many cases be incorporated into degrees offered by neighbouring universities.


In the province of Quebec the education system is organised as follows:

 • Ages 4 and 5, optional kindergarten. • 

Ages 6, 7 and 8, first cycle, primary. • 

Ages 9, 10 and 11, second cycle, primary. •

 Ages 12, 13 and 14, first cycle, secondary.

 • Ages 15 and 16, second cycle, secondary.

 • Ages 17 and 18, Diplôme d’Éducation Collégiale (CEGEP). This completes secondary education. Specialisation in music is available, and is required for entry to Bachelor of Music programs. Higher education is organised as follows:

 • Premier cycle: (First cycle) Baccalauréat (equivalent to Bachelor of Music). Normally three years.

 • Deuxième cycle: (Second cycle) Maîtrise (equivalent to Master’s degree). 

May be taken by course work alone or by a combination of course work and thesis. Music courses at this level may be taken in the areas of musicology, performance, composition, music education, instrumental teaching. 

• Troisième cycle: (Third cycle) Doctorat. A minimum of three years beyond Maîtrise. By course work and thesis. Available only in musicology or music education. PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS IN MUSIC. Several systems of public examinations in practical and theoretical music are available, the most extensive being those organised by the Royal Toronto Conservatory of Music and the Western Board.
 THE CANADIAN MUSIC CENTRE (Centre de Musique Canadienne).

 The Canadian Music Centre was established in 1959 and now has several regional centres across Canada. It holds a lending library and owns an on-line music store, the CMC Boutique. The Centre organises the New Music in New Places festival which features contemporary music by Canadian composers, performed in public places such as malls, pubs, wineries, museums, airports and beaches. 

Chalmers House, 20 St Joseph Street, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1J9, Canada. 

Tel +1 416 961 6601 Fax +1 416 961 7198
. Website: The Canadian Music Centre is a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres.

Last Updated:

March 2019