Yearly Program Study Plan; L.Mus. Piano

Use this 3-year guide to plan your studies and graduate from your Licentiate in Music (Piano Performance) program on time.

If you're a transfer student or a CEGEP graduate, you may be able to complete the program in less than 3 years.

Which courses to take each year

This is a basic 3-year plan for students from high school with no advanced standing.

Program audit

You will receive a summary of exemption credits from placement exams, transfer credits, Advanced Placements (AP), etc, before you begin your first semester at the Schulich School of Music. You can access this information via an Online Program Audit (OPA) customized for you. Visit the OPA web page to learn more about how you can view your personalized program plan.

Meet with your academic advisor to review your program plan at least once a year.

Course load

You should normally register for 20-23 credits per term.

  • Full-time course load: 12 credits or more
  • Part-time course load: 11 credits or less

Practical instruction and practical exams

  • You must complete 3 practical exams (MUIN 252, 352 and 452) during your program. In some cases, you might take your exams at different times than what we suggest in our sample 3-year plan.
  • Determine when to apply for these exams with your practical instruction teacher.
  • For practical instruction registration details, visit Registration

Sample year 1 course plan (with no course exemptions)

  • You must take placement exams in theory, musicianship and keyboard before fall classes start. Depending on your results, you may be exempted from first year theory or musicianship courses.
  • You must be proficient in English for all courses, especially Music History. Non-anglophone students should defer MUHL 186 until their second year and register for an English as Second Language (ESL) course in year 1. ESL courses can be accepted as non-music electives. Contact the Writing Centre for ESL course information.
  • Course AAAA 100 is an academic integrity course that you must complete online. It is automatically added to your course list on My Courses by Enrolment Services.

Fall term

AAAA 100 Academic Integrity Tutorial
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUTH 150 Theory and Analysis 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSP 140 Musicianship Training 1 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPD 135 Music as a Profession 1 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

  • We recommend that you take this course even though it's not required. It covers useful topics such as injury prevention skills and wellness.

MUIN 250 LMus Practical Instruction 1 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

One large ensemble (MUEN 5xx): 2 credits

MUEN 581 Intro to Ens Play for Pianists 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUHL 186 Western Musical Traditions 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

  • Students with a grade C or higher in college or university-level music history courses will be exempted from MUHL 186.

Winter term

MUTH 151 Theory and Analysis 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSP 141 Musicianship Training 2 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSP 171 Musicianship (Keyboard) 2 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

  • You must take MUSP 171 unless you pass the placement exam for this course. Pianists are exempt from MUSP 170.

MUIN 251 L.Mus. Practical Instruction 2 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUEN 581 Intro to Ens Play for Pianists 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

or
MUEN 582 Piano Ensembles 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 252 L.Mus. Performance 1 Exam 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

One large ensemble (MUEN 5xx): 2 credits

Year 2 course plan

Fall term

MUTH 250 Theory and Analysis 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUHL 286 Critical Thinking About Music 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSP 240 Musicianship Training 3 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 350 LMus Practical Instruction 3 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 333 Piano Techniques 2
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

One large ensemble (MUEN 5xx): 2 credits

One small ensemble (MUEN 5xx): 1 credit

Winter term

MUTH 251 Theory and Analysis 4 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSP 241 Musicianship Training 4 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 351 L.Mus. Practical Instruction 4 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 352 L.Mus. Performance 2 Exam 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

One large ensemble (MUEN 5xx): 2 credits

One small ensemble (MUEN 5xx): 1 credit

Year 3 course plan

Fall term

MUIN 450 LMus Practical Instruction 5 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPG 541 Senior Piano Seminar 1 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSP xxx upper-level musicianship

One large ensemble (MUEN 5xx): 2 credits

One small ensemble (MUEN 5xx): 1 credit

Winter term

MUIN 451 L.Mus. Practical Instruction 6 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUPG 542 Senior Piano Seminar 2 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 452 L.Mus. Performance 3 Exam 8 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

  • To spread these 8 credits over fall and winter: Instead of MUIN 452, take
    MUIN 452D1 L.Mus. Performance 3 Exam 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    in the fall and
    MUIN 452D2 L.Mus. Performance 3 Exam 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    in the winter.

MUIN 369 Concerto
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUIN 433 Piano Techniques 3
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

One large ensemble (MUEN 5xx): 2 credits

One small ensemble (MUEN 5xx): 1 credit