Early Music Performance; B.Mus. (Major)

In the Early Music program, you will learn the elements of early music performance practice and to play an early music instrument  (Baroque Violin, Viola, Cello, Viola da Gamba, Flute, Recorder, Oboe, Organ, Harpsichord and Early Brass Instruments ). The program combines individual lessons and ensemble training with study of historical approaches to performance in its various activities - workshops, master classes, guest lecturers and research projects.

McGill owns an important collection of early instruments and historical copies from the 15th to the early 19th century, including five organs, sackbuts, cornetti, baroque and classical flutes, oboes, clarinets, horns, bassoons, viols, and more than a dozen baroque string instruments. McGill owns over a dozen harpsichords based on historical instruments from a variety of periods and countries.

Minors, double degrees and double majors

Once you're enrolled in this program, you can apply to add a minor in another music field or from another faculty at McGill University.

You can also apply to add a second major or degree to your B.Mus. Early Music program.

Program structure

The B.Mus. Early Music program is made up of 125 credits.


Student resources

If you're a new student, check out our orientation guide (link below)!