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Street Address:

Strathcona Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal H3A 1E3, Province of Quebec, Canada


+1 514 398 1540


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts in Music. Performance is not included. Bachelor of Music. Studies include performance (classical, jazz, early music), instrumental conducting, composition, jazz composition and arranging, music history, theory, music technology, church music, entrepreneurship. Bachelor of Education in Music.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts. In musicology, composition, theory, music education, music technology. Master of Music. In performance (classical, jazz, opera, early music), choral, orchestral and wind band conducting, composition, church music, sound recording. Doctor of Philosophy. Doctor of Music.


Other programs


Graduate Artist Diploma. One year. For advanced performance. Licenciate in Music (L.Mus). Three years. For advanced performance. Graduate Certificate in Performance - Choral Conducting. Graduate Diploma in Performance. One year.

Institution Notes:

This public university was founded in 1821. Its Schulich School of Music is the largest university-based school for professional musical training and music research in Canada. The music department moved into the new Schulich music building in 2005 which houses a number of fine performance and lecture spaces. The library houses the David Edelbert Collection, the largest of collection of Handel sound recordings in the world. There is a collection of early instruments and historical copies from the 15th to the early 19th century, including five harpsichords, five organs, sackbuts, cornetti, baroque and classical flutes, oboes, clarinets, horns, bassoons, viols and a number of baroque string instruments. sEach year the performance department of the music school sponsors a series of lecture-demonstrations and clinics entitled ‘Musicians’ Health Seminars’ aiming to avoid injury and over-use syndrome and to acquaint students with treatments available for physical injuries and performance anxiety and methods of coping with stress. The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) is a group of Quebec researchers in science, engineering, medicine and music from four institutions - McGill University, l’Université de Montréal, l’Université de Sherbrooke and the CÉGEP de Drummondville, whose working centre is housed at the Schulich School of Music at McGill with state-of-the-art laboratores and studios. The McGill Conservatory of Music, founded in 1904, forms part of the Faculty of Music. Its non-professional community program provides training in performance, theory and ear training, Suzuki method, ensembles (jazz combos, string orchestra, children’s chorus, wind ensemble, chamber music) to young people and interested adults. There is also a Music for Children course based on Orff/Kodály principles and a Gifted Youth Program for particularly talented children. Language of instruction is English although most teachers speak French and some have other languages as well. Students may write assignments and examinations in either English or French. An associate member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

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:

April 2019