School of Creative and Performing Arts
Music has a long history at the University of Calgary. Our faculty has always been actively engaged locally, nationally and internationally in a wide range of research interests and creative practices including: theory, composition, performance, conducting, electroacoustic media, musicology, music history, multimedia and sound spatialization, sonic arts and more. The School of Creative and Performing Arts holds over 80 concerts per year and boasts one of the premiere recital facilities in Western Canada: the Rozsa Centre`s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. The following graduate programs are offered in Music at the School of Creative and Performing Arts:
Composition (MMus, PhD) – This program emphasizes the development of an individual composition craft and a comprehensive knowledge of 20th and 21st century and contemporary techniques and repertoire. Students are encouraged to compose for various genres, ranging from chamber to interactive and electroacoustic music. In addition, candidates for the degree are expected to engage scholarly material in writing and public presentations.
Musicology (MA, PhD) – Our programs are research-based, leading to advanced work in both historical and systematic musicology. From critical theory to analysis, the study of genres, composers and styles, our program allows for narrowly focused research as well as the critical investigation of broad themes.
Sonic Arts (MMus, PhD) – Core skills in Sonic Arts are hands-on knowledge and expertise in the electroacoustic studio, involving audio, audio software and programming, and knowledge and understanding of the aesthetic basis of sonic arts, encompassing its history, repertoire and creative practice. Sonic Arts takes a multi-faceted approach, integrating aspects of composition, improvisation, performance, audio programming, sound design and theory.
Computational Media Design – Please visit the CMD website for more information regarding this interdisciplinary program.
Vocal and Instrumental (MMus) – This program offers advanced study on an instrument or voice culminating in two public recitals of professional quality. Students have many opportunities to perform solo and in ensemble, as well as taking part in the rich performing activity around the city of Calgary.
Conducting (MMus) – Under the guidance of a faculty conductor, this program offers practical experience with a choral or band/wind ensemble. Rehearsal techniques and knowledge of repertoire are viewed as important components of this program. Because of the one-on-one mentorship, enrollment is limited to one or two students per year. While the Music Division does not offer an orchestral conducting program, conducting students may be provided with the opportunity to conduct one or more short works with the orchestra with special approval from the orchestra director.
Graduate Colloquia – These meetings provide an opportunity for graduate students to meet and discuss their projects. Grad students are expected to present at least once during the course of their program. Colloquia are organized two or three times per academic year.
If you have questions regarding your degree, room bookings or resources etc, please stop by the School of Creative and Performing Arts office, located in Craigie Hall D100. Questions concerning program content or other concerns can be addressed to Alison Schmal or to Dr. Laurie Radford (Graduate Program Director CHE211C).
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Students must meet the Graduate Studies guidelines for admission, including:
For more information, please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.
Applications are normally accepted for Fall admissions ONLY. The application deadline for both the Masters and Doctoral program is January 15. The online application is available here.
A non-refundable application fee is required for each application to a graduate degree program. The application fee is CDN $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and CDN $145 for international students who will be attending on a Study Permit. Cheques or money orders in Canadian funds must be made payable to the University of Calgary. Applications will only be processed if the fee has been paid.
*The supporting documents can be submitted online through the Student Centre website once the application has been submitted. Having problems? Contact the Graduate Program Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org
A research essay or paper approximately 10-15 pages on a topic in music history or theory prepared during or subsequent to the applicant's undergraduate course work.
A live audition or a video or CD recording. Repertoire for the audition must contain representative works from a variety of historical periods and must demonstrate an advanced level of technical accomplishment. CDs should be approximately 20-30 minutes in length. Live auditions will be held in early February, please enquire with the Graduate Program Administrator at (403) 220-5422.
A Bachelor of Music degree, including study in conducting. A demonstrated competence on a major instrument or vocal ability. Student must also demonstrate ability in an audition. This can be met in two ways:
A portfolio of at least three recent compositions, together with recordings when available. Applicants wishing to specialize in electroacoustic composition must submit recordings.
A completed Bachelor of Music degree (or equivalent) with a major, minor or concentration in Electroacoustic Music, Sonic Arts, Digital Audio Arts or similar field. A portfolio of recent creative and/or research projects in sonic arts, and a research paper.
A portfolio of works, together with recordings, if available. An extended research paper and a statement that outlines your research interests, accomplishments and reasons for applying to the University of Calgary is also required. This statement should be typed and double-spaced.
Two extended research essays. A statement of 2-3 pages that outlines your research interests, accomplishments and reasons for applying to the University of Calgary. This statement should be typed and double-spaced.
A portfolio of creative and/or research projects in sonic arts, and an extended research paper. A statement of 2-3 pages that outlines your research interests, accomplishments and reasons for applying to the University of Calgary. This statement should be typed and double-spaced.
Graduate Award Competition
The Graduate Award Competition (GAC) is a chance for students to receive significant scholarships, we encourage all our current students to apply. Information regarding the Graduate Award Competition as well as the online application can be found here. The deadline to apply for the GAC is February 1st.
We strongly encourage prospective and current students who are eligible to apply for graduate scholarships offered by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
The Division of Music has a number of named scholarships. Music nominates students automatically for these, no application is necessary.
Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarships (FGSS) is for research directly related to the student's research. No teaching or service duties are required of graduate students who hold an FGSS. FGSS awards are tenable only for those in full-time attendance at the University of Calgary although provision may be made for off-campus tenure where this is essential to the student's research. Music automatically divides their allocation based on need and academic merit. There is no application procedure.
Graduate Assistantships (Teaching/Non-Teaching)
Each year teaching departments have available varying numbers of graduate assistantships awarded on the basis of merit. The stipends as indicated are subject to change without notice. Music has Graduate Assistantships Teaching (GAT) and Non-Teaching (GANT). There is no application procedure. No more than the equivalent of twelve hours per week of service may be required of GA’s.
(i) Graduate Assistantships (Teaching) to assist with the instructional responsibilities of Music.
(ii) Graduate Assistantships (Non-Teaching) to assist Music and/or its professors with non-teaching responsibilities (e.g., research for a faculty member).
For information regarding the Music’s Graduate Funding Policy, please refer to this document.
Music welcomes applications from qualified students outside of Canada. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or another exam as listed on the English Language Proficiency page. Additionally, International students in Music are eligible for partial visa differential funding. For more information please visit the following links:
We'll begin accepting applications for fall 2017 admission on October 3, 2016. The deadline to apply is January 16, 2017.