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Waiting for news?

  • You can check your application status and see if any supporting documents are missing on the Minerva website. During peak periods, it can take time to process your uploaded documents. The posting date you'll see in Minerva may be different than the date of receipt.
  • If you have not received an admission decision from us by the end of April, please contact our admissions staff.
  • Our primary means of communication with you is through email. If you get a new email account, or your mailing address changes, you can update Minerva anytime. Go to: Minerva > Personal Menu > Addresses and Phones.

Been accepted?

If you have received an offer of admission, welcome to our school!

You may be wondering what to do next and whether this is the right university for you. We've put together a short guide to help you decide and, if you choose McGill, start preparing for your first year.

Step 1: Join an information session

If you're undecided or simply want to know more about enrolling, sign up for a newly-admitted student event or webinar. You can also have a candid conversation with our student ambassadors anytime about their experience at McGill. Follow these links:

Step 2: Accept our offer (April-May)

If you've decided to study with us, confirm your acceptance as soon as possible. If you don't respond by the deadline, you may lose your place. If you have any trouble accepting, email undergraduateadmissions [dot] music [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Music Admissions).

  • Acceptance deadlines: May 15th (Sunday) for most students. If you have received a scholarship offer, accept by the deadline in your scholarship notice.
  • To accept our offer: Log into Minerva, go to the Application Status page, select the application and click the "Accept this offer" link. You will need to make a deposit of $400 (non-refundable) by credit card.
  • After you accept: Verify your Minerva checklist and send us any missing documents (final transcripts, etc.).

Step 3: International students: Get ready to travel (April-May)

Step 4: Check out housing options and myAccess (April-May)

  • Housing: If you want to live in a McGill residence, apply by May 17th. La Citadelle, Carrefour Sherbrooke and Royal Victoria College (RVC) are literally next to the Schulich School of Music, and New Residence Hall is down the street. You can find details about all housing options, on and off campus, on McGill's housing website.
  • myAccess: Offered by the Office for Students with Disabilities, myAccess provides support if you have difficulties or impairments (medical/mental health conditions, learning disabilities, etc.) that you feel might hinder your academic performance at McGill. You can get in touch with them as soon as you accept your offer, or once you have started your program.

Step 5: Apply for financial aid (April-May)

  • If you are eligible for McGill's need-based Entrance Bursary Program, apply on Minerva within 30 days of accepting our admissions offer. Everything you need to know about fees and financing options is on McGill's website for newly-admitted students.

Step 6: Sign up for practical lessons (by June 1)

Step 7: Start preparing for placement exams and ensemble auditions (June-September)

  • Ensemble auditions: You'll need to audition in early September for ensembles, and you are responsible for checking your own ensemble requirements on your program page. Once you've done this, look over ensemble descriptions and audition schedules so you'll be prepared when you get here.
  • Placement exams: At the end of the summer, all new and transferring students take placement exams (even if you've taken similar courses before). For detailed information, see the PDF: PDF icon placementexaminfo_august2016_5-apr-2016.pdf. Start preparing now, using our placement exam samples as a guide. The answer keys will allow you to assess your performance and identify areas to study further. Websites, books, and other study materials are suggested for each test to help you improve your performance before the August exams:

Exam samples: Rudiments/MUSP 140/141, Part 1: Rudiments

Theory Rudiments Sample Placement Exam.pdf | Answer Key.pdf
Recommended materials for review (written theory rudiments): www.teoria.com, www.musictheory.net, Musition, MacGAMUT, or the Eastman School of Music’s eTheory course. Topics for review include interval writing and identification, key signatures, relative major/minor keys, scales including harmonic and melodic minor, scale degrees, and writing triads in various inversions.

Exam samples: Rudiments/MUSP 140/141, Part 2: Dictation

Dictation Sample Placement Exam.pdf
In addition to the written theory rudiments tested in the placement exam, basic musicianship skills  are also considered when determining student placement. Basic musicianship proficiency includes aural identification of intervals and chords (by type and inversion), as well as rhythmic and melodic dictation. The self-diagnostic quiz posted below may help you identify areas to work on over the summer. It is recommended that you take the quiz in a quiet place with good-quality speakers or headphones.

Basic Musicianship Self-diagnostic Quiz.pdf | Answer Key.pdf

Audio files: 1a | 1b | 1c | 1d | 1e | 1f | 1g | 1h | 1i | 1j | 2a | 2b | 2c | 2d | 2e | 2f | 3a | 3b | 3c | 3d | 4a | 4b | 5a | 5b

Recommended materials for review: Self study with www.teoria.com, commercial musicianship software (EarMaster, Practica Musica, Auralia, or MacGamut), standard musicianship textbooks (Ottman, Music for Sight Singing; Berkowitz, A New Approach to Sight Singing; Karpinsky, Anthology for Sight Singing; Phillips/Clendenning/Marvin, The Musician’s Guide to Aural Skills; Lavignac, Solfège des solfèges), or McGill Conservatory summer courses. Review aural recognition of intervals (including compound intervals), chord quality (triads and seventh chords), dictation (rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic), simple atonal structures, and sight-singing.

Exam samples: Theory and Analysis 1 (MUTH 150)

MUTH 150 Sample Placement Exam.pdf | Answer Key.pdf
Recommended materials for review: Any standard music theory textbook (Laitz, The Complete Musician; Aldwell/Schachter, Harmony and Voice Leading; Marvin/Clendinning, The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis). Review seventh chords in all inversions and types, resolution of dominant and diminished seventh chords, writing simple harmonic progressions in four parts, harmonic analysis with Roman numerals and figured bass, and labeling non-harmonic tones and cadence types.

Exam samples: Theory and Analysis 2 (MUTH 151)

MUTH 150 Sample Placement Exam.pdf | Answer Key.pdf
Recommended materials for review: Any standard music theory textbook (Laitz, The Complete Musician; Aldwell/Schachter, Harmony and Voice Leading; Marvin/Clendinning, The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis). Review harmonic analysis with Roman numerals and figured bass, chromaticism, labeling non-harmonic tones and cadence types, realizing a figured bass in chorale style, and harmonization of a chorale melody.

Step 8: Register (June) and get settled

Registration starts in June. For this step, you're ready to move to our Student Resources section and read through our guide for 1st year students. You'll find everything you need to know to get started, including:

  • How and when to register
  • How to get your McGill ID card
  • Important dates (June-September)
  • Orientation and advising day
  • Ensemble audition information
  • Student community resources (McGill undergraduate student association, etc.)


We're looking forward to seeing you in August!

B.Mus. student Grace Takeda with her viola.

Photo by Tam Lan Truong: Schulich School of Music B.Mus. student Grace Takeda with her viola.