Student Life

Student Groups

Music Graduate Students' Society: All music graduate students belong to the McGill University Music Graduate Students' Society (M.G.S.S.).

Post-Graduate Students' Society: All graduate students belong to the Post-Graduate Students' Society (P.G.S.S.).

McGill Association of Student Composers (MASC): MASC seeks to develop collaborations between composers, performers and scholars in order to promote new music at the Schulich School of Music and in Montreal. The goal is to create and inspire important connections between Performance and Music Research disciplines as students work towards, and build, their professional careers. Email MASC Board President mtouizrar [at] gmail.com (Moe Touizrar) if you'd like to participate.

What MASC does:

  • Produce regular concerts of student pieces
  • Host monthly forums on issues related to new music, with invited scholars, composers and performers (including graduate students from the Schulich School of Music)
  • Meet regularly as a group to discuss our work
  • Advocate to the faculty on behalf of composers

McGill Audio Engineering Society (Student Chapter): The Audio Engineering Society, now in its fifth decade, is the only professional society dedicated exclusively to audio technology. Its membership of leading engineers, scientists, and other authorities, has increased dramatically throughout the world, greatly boosting the society's stature and that of its members, in a truly symbiotic relationship.

Read more about the AES

The AES serves its members, the industry and the public, by stimulating and facilitating advances in the constantly changing field of audio. It encourages and disseminates new developments through annual technical meetings and exhibitions of professional equipment, and through the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, the professional archival publication in the audio industry.

AES sections serve members in 41 concentrated geographical areas throughout the world. Sections in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico, South America, and the United States hold meetings regularly for the dissemination of the most current audio information. Liberal interchange of section meeting data keeps all sections abreast of new developments internationally. This give-and-take among sections is vital to an informed worldwide membership and offers a distinct advantage to those industry personnel who are members. AES members within the area of a particular section automatically receive notice of such meetings. The sections also provide fertile ground for developing new officers in the society through service at the local level.


Health & Well-Being

Injury Prevention Tips for Musicians

Are you experiencing physical discomfort or pain while practicing?

It is important to STOP practicing if you have any of these feelings:

  • Discomfort
  • Aching
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Sharp pains
  • Loss or change of motor control

Any of the above symptoms indicate an injury is already present.

Musician injury is extremely common. The best way to deal with it is to avoid serious injury in the first place. Heed any danger signs (above); and get help from a professional specifically experienced with helping musicians.

What to do?

  • STOP PRACTICING! Practicing in pain can create serious injury from which it can take a long time to recover. Wait to practice until you are no longer in discomfort or pain.
  • Discuss any discomfort or pain you are having with your teacher. Together, try to identify the cause, possibly in your technique. Ask them if they can recommend an expert who is good at helping musicians with injury.
  • Try a new approach. Many musicians find great help from taking Alexander Technique lessons, Feldenkrais, Body Mapping, and other approaches. Some of these are available here at school.
  • Look into massage and physical therapy Massage and physical therapy with professionals experienced at helping musicians can be very beneficial.
  • Wear earplugs. This is especially important whenever practicing or rehearsing when the decibel level is high. Special earplugs for musicians are available at the McGill Bookstore.
  • Ask your lena.weman [at] mcgill.ca (Associate Dean) for help. They'll have a list of resources that can help you, from new approaches to finding a massage therapist.

Your BODY is your primary instrument. Please take very good care of it.

Mental Health Tips for Musicians and Researchers

Are you feeling stress, anxiety, low mood or other bad feelings more than usual?

We all have mental health and need to take time to care for ourselves. The Schulich School of Music provides many resources to help you cope and feel better.

What can you do to support your mental health?

  • Get your heart pumping. Moderate to vigorous exercise releases brain chemicals that greatly improve mood and sense of well-being. Try exercising 150 minutes a week, and reap the benefits of an improved mood.
  • Eat well. Be mindful of what you eat and how it impacts your energy level and mental state. A dietitian is available at the Student Health Service for more information.
  • Be aware of the effects of alcohol and drug use. Some substances can contribute to low mood and irritability amongst other impacts on your well-being. If you need help with substance misuse, refer to the Counselling Service.
  • Talk to a peer. Check out the peer support offerings at McGill, like the Peer Support Network - a free, confidential, drop-in space offering a listening ear from a fellow McGill student who has been trained to listen. Some are offered in the School of Music.
  • Talk to a mental health professional. Both Counselling Service and Mental Health Service are available to help you.
  • Make a plan. McGill's Music Career Planning Services (CaPS) offers excellent workshops. Many of these can help you alleviate stress and anxiety by helping you organize and plan your studies and future career. Appointments are also available with CaPS’ Arts and Music Career Advisor.
  • Speak with your Associate Dean. lena.weman [at] mcgill.ca (Make an appointment )to speak with the Schulich School of Music Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. The Associate Dean has many resources you can use to improve how you feel.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

Consent McGill has developed a new Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention website. The site is a non-directional resource for anyone who requires it, including people affected by sexual assault and their allies. Information on the site includes how to support someone affected, how to report an incident, assistance in navigating McGill’s policies, and a list of support services offered at McGill and in Montreal.

Well-Being Resources around McGill and Montreal

Below you'll find some examples of well-being (physical and mental) services/professionals around McGill and Montreal. It is not a comprehensive listing, and McGill University is not affiliated with the off-campus services listed below. Contact lena.weman [at] mcgill.ca (Prof. Lena Weman )(Associate Dean, Graduate Studies) if you know of other well-being resources that would be useful for musicians and researchers.


Physical Therapists

The following physical therapists are experienced at working with musicians:

  • Pauline Beaud (pauliejbeaud [at] gmail.com (email)), tel: 514-991-0543
  • Louise Campbell (mlouisecampbell [at] gmail.com (email))
  • Isabelle Duchesne (isabelle.duchesne [at] kinatex.com (email)), tel: 514-727-1176

Counseling

  • The McGill Counseling Service is located on the 4th floor of the Brown Building.
  • Evelyn Rodinos (private practice number: 514-794-4700) also works at the McGill Counseling Service in the Brown Building.
  • Argyle Institute, located at 4150 Saint Catherine St. West (walking distance from school). You can access counseling here more quickly than at the McGill Counseling Service in many cases. The fees are on a sliding scale and designed to be affordable.
  • Ami-Québec provides free counseling for caregivers and a list of links to counseling for individuals (including art therapy, etc.).
  • Confidential Talk Therapy Peer Support Centre drop-in listening service sees people confidentially in different locations around campus. Just drop in! It's offered on:
    • Mondays: University Hall, 12:00pm-4:00pm (room 011, 3473 rue University)
    • Tuesdays: MORSL, 5:00pm-7:00pm (Suite 2100, Brown Building, 3600 rue McTavish)
    • Wednesdays: University Hall, 12:00pm-4:00pm (room 011, 3473 rue University)
    • Thursdays: Wirth Music building, 12:00pm-4:00pm (room E-206, 555 rue Sherbrooke ouest) & McGill Mental Health 5:00pm-7:00pm (Suite 5301, Brown Building, 3600 rue McTavish) 

Alexander Technique

  • Simon Ghiberti (simonghiberti [at] videotron.ca (email)), website: www.canstat.ca, phone number: 514-995-5092. Teaching location: Queen Mary Health Center at 2100 Marlowe St (right by the Vendome Metro stop)
  • Lawrence Smith (alexandertech [at] videotron.ca (email)): alexandertech [at] videotron.ca
  • John Austin (website)

Feldenkrais

  • Mireille Painchaud (mireillepainchaud [at] gmail.com (email)), tel: 514-803-4702

Massage Therapy

  • McGill Sport Medicine Clinic, located on the 3rd floor of the stadium building, walk straight up the hill on Aylmer.
  • Setsuko Massage (website).

Yoga 

  • MUSA offers Yoga for Musicians with certified yoga instructors! All sessions will take place in Wirth Opera Studio. Wednesdays 9:15-10:30 with Allison Ulan and Thursdays 2:30-3:30 with Sara Casey. For more information please athletics [at] mcgillmusa.ca (email Anthony) at VP Health and Athletics.

Meditation

  • There are many meditation events and services free and available on campus. Check out the Mindfulness website for details. Guided meditation audio is available for free online.

McGill Sport Medicine Clinic

Monday - Friday, 8:00am–8:00pm. To make an appointment with a physiotherapist, athletic therapist, or massage therapist please call (514) 398-7007, between 8:00am and 8:00pm. To make an appointment to see a physician, please call (514) 398-7007 between 8:00am and 3:00pm. Our physicians see patients with injuries directly related to sports or recreational activity. The clinic is closed on all statutory holidays.


Acupuncture

  • Wei Zheng (website)
  • If you can get out to Baie D'Urfee, Ann St-Amant is recommended (tel: 514-457-1966).  
  • Colleen Mason is a shiatsu and acupressure-certified acupuncturist located in Mile End (tel: 514-349-4942).

Life in Montreal

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