Sound Recording M.Mus. Admissions

Program Overview

This internationally renowned program is a course-based, professional training program designed for musicians who wish to develop the skills required in the music recording and media industries. It is based on the German Tonmeister program and offers extensive, hands-on opportunities to record a broad spectrum of solo recitals, large opera, and symphonic repertoire with soloists and choirs, and complex Jazz Band and pop idioms.  The program also has close ties with industry that facilitate opportunities for internships.

The program must be completed in two consecutive years due to the precise scheduling of class times and studio hours.  Approximately 8 students are admitted to this highly competitive program each year.  Program pre-requisites may be acquired through a qualifying year and subsequent application.

Faculty

Faculty includes prominent researchers as well as award-winning recording engineers and producers in the fields of music production, television, and film sound familiar with cutting-edge technologies and new developments.

Resources & Opportunities

McGill’s professional-quality facilities provide state-of-the-art equipment for research and the recording of any size of ensemble in high-resolution multichannel audio and high-definition video, and include:

  • Audio recording studios equipped for surround recording and virtual acoustics
  • Four concert hall recording spaces
  • An opera studio
  • Post-production and editing suites

Awards

Audio Engineering Society Awards, Graduate Student Recording Project Competition, MIDAS internships, Schulich Scholarships, Low Beer Award and other Faculty scholarships.

Careers

Graduates are leaders in the field working in highly respected studios around the world and they win both creative and scientific international competitions.

Prerequisites (27 credits)

If you need more study in order to prepare for this program, you may register for one year as a special undergraduate student. Contact the Sound Recording Area Chair for further information. Prerequisite courses include:

Required Prerequisite Courses (21 credits)

MUCO 260 Instruments of the Orchestra 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUMT 250 Music Perception and Cognition 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSR 232 Introduction to Electronics 3 CreditsLimited Enrolment
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSR 300D1 Intro to Music Recording 3 CreditsLimited Enrolment
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSR 300D2 Intro to Music Recording 3 CreditsLimited Enrolment
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSR 339 Intro to Electroacoustics 3 CreditsLimited Enrolment
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 224 Physics of Music 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Complementary Prerequisite Music Technology Courses (6 credits)

One of the following courses (MUMT 203 requires a much stronger background in Mathematics):

MUMT 202 Fundamentals of New Media 3 CreditsLimited Enrolment
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUMT 203 Introduction to Digital Audio 3 CreditsLimited Enrolment
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

One of the following courses (MUMT 306 can be taken by adept programmers in place of MUMT 302):

MUMT 302 New Media Production 1 3 CreditsLimited Enrolment
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUMT 306 Music & Audio Computing 1 3 CreditsLimited Enrolment
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer