Master of Music (M.Mus.) Performance: Conducting (Thesis) (45 credits)

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Offered by: Music     Degree: Master of Music

Program Requirements

Orchestral, Wind Band, and Choral

Applicants to the Performance program are expected to have a background in Music Theory equivalent to the B.Mus. in Performance. Applicants found to be deficient in their background preparation may be required to take certain additional music theory undergraduate courses.

The following program prerequisite courses may be assigned as additional courses based on transcript review:

  • MUPD 560 Introduction to Research Methods in Music (1 credit)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Professional Development : Introduction to music research, including print and online tools for finding printed and recorded music and research on music; appropriate citation of sources; writing grant proposals, program/liner notes, and reviews.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Mylène Gioffredo, Robert Morrison, Benjamin Duinker (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: MUHL 286 and one 300-level MUHL or MUPP course

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUHL 570

  • MUSP 170 Musicianship (Keyboard) 1 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Musicianship : Harmonic, melodic and rhythmic analysis at the keyboard through the study of rudiments, repertoire, chorale/score reading, transposition and harmonization.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Justin B Mariner, Jolan Ilona Kovacs, Julia Gavrilova, Akkra Yeunyonghattaporn (Fall)

    • 1 hour

    • Prerequisite: Matriculation Music or McGill Conservatory Theory Secondary V or its equivalent.

    • Corequisites: MUTH 150 and MUSP 140.

    • Course contents parallel with those of MUTH 150 and MUSP 140.

  • MUSP 171 Musicianship (Keyboard) 2 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Musicianship : Building chordal fluency. Harmonic vocabulary including sequences, chromaticism and modulation. Chorale and score reading with transposing instruments and alto/tenor clefs.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Justin B Mariner, Jolan Ilona Kovacs, Julia Gavrilova, Akkra Yeunyonghattaporn, Qiao Chu (Winter)

    • 1 hour

    • Prerequisite: MUSP 170

    • Corequisites: MUTH 111 and MUSP 131; or MUTH 151 and MUSP 141

    • Restriction: All students admitted to B.Mus. and L.Mus. programs, including those with keyboard or guitar as their principal instrument, are required to take MUSP 171 Keyboard Lab, unless exempt on the basis of a placement test. Students who are exempt from MUTH 111 through placement tests must still take MUSP 171 (unless exempt) since this course forms the foundation of keyboard-based musicianship tasks at upper levels. (All Majors in Jazz Performance substitute MUJZ 171 for MUSP 171. Students in Jazz Performance who have completed MUJZ 170 and MUJZ 171, and who transfer to a Department of Theory program, will be required to complete MUSP 171.) Students who do not achieve a continuation pass in MUSP 171 must reregister for the course in the semester immediately following. Students who do not achieve a continuation pass after repeating the course will not be allowed to proceed with further Musicianship or Theory studies until a continuation pass is achieved. Tests for MUSP 171 are held in August-September, December-January, and April-May [as well as during the Summer Session when course(s) offered], the exact dates determined by the Department of Music Research.

    • Course contents parallel with those of MUTH 151 and MUSP 141.

Choral Conducting:

  • MUCO 261 Orchestration 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Composition : Study of the instruments of the western orchestra, including performance techniques, used in different combinations. Score reading and notation. Analysis of excerpts of the repertoire from the point of view of instrumental writing and timbral combination. Reduction of orchestral scores for piano; scoring and transcription of piano works for different ensembles. Instruments studied: strings, harp, woodwinds, standard keyboards. Orchestration: scoring for string quartet, string ensembles, woodwind quintet and ensembles, small orchestra.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Denys Bouliane (Fall)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisites: MUTH 150 and MUSP 140.

    • Corequisite(s): MUSP 170

    • Restriction(s): Only open to B.Mus. Major in Composition students; students from other programs may be accepted with the permission of the instructor. Samples of previous work may be requested.

  • MUCT 235 Vocal Techniques (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Choral Techniques : Development of basic singing skills through group voice lessons, lectures, and Choral Lab performances. Emphasis will be on: text production, breathing, projection, clarity of vowels and consonants, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and definition of voice categories. Simple diagnostic teaching skills will be developed through observation of group voice lessons.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Patricia Abbott, Anja Strauss (Winter)

  • MUHL 397 Choral Literature after 1750 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music History and Literature : The development of sacred and secular choral music from 1750 to the present. Selected liturgical and secular works will be included; the Mass, the cantata, the oratorio and other genres. Form and stylistic considerations will be examined in representative works.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Orchestral and Wind Conducting:

4 credits of:

  • MUCO 261 Orchestration 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Composition : Study of the instruments of the western orchestra, including performance techniques, used in different combinations. Score reading and notation. Analysis of excerpts of the repertoire from the point of view of instrumental writing and timbral combination. Reduction of orchestral scores for piano; scoring and transcription of piano works for different ensembles. Instruments studied: strings, harp, woodwinds, standard keyboards. Orchestration: scoring for string quartet, string ensembles, woodwind quintet and ensembles, small orchestra.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Denys Bouliane (Fall)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisites: MUTH 150 and MUSP 140.

    • Corequisite(s): MUSP 170

    • Restriction(s): Only open to B.Mus. Major in Composition students; students from other programs may be accepted with the permission of the instructor. Samples of previous work may be requested.

  • MUCO 360 Orchestration 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Composition : Reduction of orchestral scores for piano. Scoring and transcription of piano works for different ensembles. Instruments studied: brass and percussion. Orchestration: brass ensembles, percussion ensembles and combinations. Scoring for full orchestra.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Denys Bouliane (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUCO 261

    • Restrictions: Only open to B.Mus. Major in Composition students; students from other programs may be accepted with the permission of the instructor, after submitting samples of previous work.

  • MUCO 460 Orchestration 3 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Composition : Analysis of advanced orchestration techniques. Various orchestration theories and practices used by composers, particularly in the twentieth century including the study of extended techniques.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: John Rea (Fall)

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  • MUHL 389 Orchestral Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music History and Literature : Study of the literature for orchestra alone, composed since the early 18th Century. The material will be divided as follows: 1) orchestral music to the time of Beethoven; 2) orchestral music from 1800 to 1860; 3) orchestral music from 1860 to 1900; 4) orchestral music of the 20th Century.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Thesis Performance (27 credits)

18 credits:

  • MUIN 620 Performance Tutorial 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Individual instrumental, vocal, conducting, collaborative piano or operatic tutorial. Technical and interpretive development, preparation of thesis performance projects.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Marina Mdivani, Claire Guimond, Sylvain Bergeron, Kyoko Hashimoto, Ilya Poletaev, Carolyn Christie, Stephane Levesque, John Zirbel, Andre J Roy, Ali Yazdanfar, Stephen Algie, Joanne Kolomyjec, Maria Popescu, Pierre Beaudry, Erik Eriksson, Rudolf-Alexius Hauser, Simon Aldrich, Matt Haimovitz, Paul A Merkelo, Michael McMahon, Aline Kutan, Mark Fewer, Jennifer Swartz, Jacqueline Leclair, Elizabeth Dolin, Theodore Baskin, James Box, Timothy Hutchins, Eric Chappell, Yegor Dyachkov, Brian Robinson, Peter Freeman, Axel Strauss, Brian Manker, Helene Plouffe, Susan Napper, Lena Weman Eriksson, Tom Beghin, Alain Cazes, Hank Knox, Patrice Richer, Alexander David Johnson, Stéphane Lemelin, Dominique Labelle, Russell Devuyst, Sara Laimon, Marcelle Mallette, Jean-Francois Normand, Steven Arthur Dann, Richard Stoelzel, Jérôme Ducharme, Andrew Wan, Todd Cope, Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Alain Desgagne, Alexander Read, Mark Austin Howle, Denise Lupien, Tracy Smith, John Mac Master, Jocelyne Roy, Nadia Cote, Olivier Brault, Nathaniel Watson, Julia Gavrilova, Violaine Melancon (Fall) Pierre Beaudry, Marina Mdivani, Carolyn Christie, Marie- Leclair, Kyoko Hashimoto, Sylvain Bergeron (Winter)

  • MUIN 621 Performance Tutorial 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Additional individual instrumental, vocal, conducting, collaborative piano or operatic tutorial according to area of performing specialization.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Kyoko Hashimoto, Eric Chappell, Andre J Roy, Axel Strauss, Aline Kutan, Joanne Kolomyjec, Stephane Levesque (Fall) Marina Mdivani, Claire Guimond, Sylvain Bergeron, Kyoko Hashimoto, Ilya Poletaev, Carolyn Christie, Stephane Levesque, John Zirbel, Andre J Roy, Ali Yazdanfar, Stephen Algie, Joanne Kolomyjec, Maria Popescu, Pierre Beaudry, Erik Eriksson, Rudolf-Alexius Hauser, Simon Aldrich, Matt Haimovitz, Paul A Merkelo, Michael McMahon, Aline Kutan, Mark Fewer, Jennifer Swartz, Jacqueline Leclair, Elizabeth Dolin, Theodore Baskin, James Box, Timothy Hutchins, Eric Chappell, Yegor Dyachkov, Brian Robinson, Peter Freeman, Axel Strauss, Brian Manker, Helene Plouffe, Susan Napper, Lena Weman Eriksson, Alain Cazes, Hank Knox, Patrice Richer, Alexander David Johnson, Stéphane Lemelin, Dominique Labelle, Russell Devuyst, Marcelle Mallette, Felicia Moye, Tom Beghin, Jean-Francois Normand, Steven Arthur Dann, Sara Laimon, Richard Stoelzel, Jérôme Ducharme, Andrew Wan, Valerie Kinslow, Todd Cope, Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Alain Desgagne, Alexander Read, Mark Austin Howle, Denise Lupien, Tracy Smith, John Mac Master, Jocelyne Roy, Nadia Cote, Olivier Brault, Nathaniel Watson, Violaine Melancon, Julia Gavrilova, Victor Fournelle-Blain, Frédéric Lambert (Winter)

  • MUIN 622 Performance Tutorial 3 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Individual tutorial according to area of performing specialization. Interpretative preparation of thesis performance projects and development of individual artistic vision.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: James Box, John Zirbel, Claire Guimond, Sylvain Bergeron, Helene Plouffe, Erik Eriksson, Kyoko Hashimoto, Marina Mdivani, Ilya Poletaev, Maria Popescu, Joanne Kolomyjec, Stephen Algie, Stephane Levesque, Simon Aldrich, Carolyn Christie, Mark Fewer, Andre J Roy, Matt Haimovitz, Ali Yazdanfar, Paul A Merkelo, Abe Kestenberg, Timothy Hutchins, Jacqueline Leclair, Brian Robinson, Theodore Baskin, Remi Bolduc, Aline Kutan, Yegor Dyachkov, Jennifer Swartz, Hank Knox, Susan Napper, Tom Beghin, Brian Manker, Axel Strauss, Peter Freeman, Dominique Labelle, Rudolf-Alexius Hauser, Alain Cazes, Elizabeth Dolin, Alexander David Johnson, Patrice Richer, Stéphane Lemelin, Michael McMahon, Winston Purdy, Jean-Francois Normand, Steven Arthur Dann, Russell Devuyst, Jérôme Ducharme, Marcelle Mallette, Richard Stoelzel, Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Alexander Read, Todd Cope, Andrew Wan, Violaine Melancon, Olivier Brault, John Mac Master, Fabrice Marandola (Fall) Kyoko Hashimoto, Ilya Poletaev, Rudolf-Alexius Hauser, Andre J Roy, Marina Mdivani, Paul A Merkelo, Remi Bolduc, Eric Chappell, Axel Strauss, Aline Kutan, Joanne Kolomyjec, Hank Knox, Carolyn Christie, Tom Beghin, John Zirbel, Richard Stoelzel, Stephane Levesque, Alexander David Johnson, Dominique Labelle, Stephen Algie, John Mac Master, Todd Cope, Jacqueline Leclair, Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Fabrice Marandola, Andrew Wan, Maria Popescu, Elizabeth Dolin, Brian Manker, Erik Eriksson (Winter)

  • MUIN 622D1 Performance Tutorial 3 (1.5 credits) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Individual tutorial according to area of performing specialization. Interpretative preparation of thesis performance projects and development of individual artistic vision.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Ilya Poletaev, Alexander David Johnson, John Zirbel, Joanne Kolomyjec, Dominique Labelle, Stephen Algie, John Mac Master, Todd Cope, Jacqueline Leclair, Stephane Levesque, Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Fabrice Marandola, Andrew Wan, Maria Popescu, Elizabeth Dolin, Brian Manker, Erik Eriksson, Kyoko Hashimoto (Fall)

  • MUIN 622D2 Performance Tutorial 3 (1.5 credits) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Individual tutorial according to area of performing specialization. Interpretative preparation of thesis performance projects and development of individual artistic vision.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Ilya Poletaev, Alexander David Johnson, John Zirbel, Joanne Kolomyjec, Dominique Labelle, Stephen Algie, John Mac Master, Todd Cope, Jacqueline Leclair, Stephane Levesque, Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Fabrice Marandola, Andrew Wan, Maria Popescu, Elizabeth Dolin, Brian Manker, Erik Eriksson, Kyoko Hashimoto (Winter)

  • MUPG 600 Recital Project 1 (9 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Solo recital, collaborative piano recital, conducting recital or principal Opera Role (by audition) with program notes.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Solo recital (60-70 minutes), collaborative piano recital (60-70 minutes), conducting recital (30-40 minutes) or Principal Opera Role as defined by the American Guild of Musical Artists' website (http://musicalartists.org), Lead, Schedule C

* Students can take MUIN 622 or MUIN 622D1 and MUIN 622D2.

9 credits from the following:

  • MUPG 601 Recital Project 2 (9 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Solo recital, collaborative piano recital, conducting recital or principal opera role (by audition) with program notes. May include chamber music providing none of the repertoire was prepared in a chamber ensemble taken for credit.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Solo recital (60-70 minutes), collaborative piano recital (60-70 minutes), conducting recital (30-40 minutes) or principal opera role (by audition) as defined by the American Guild of Musical Artists' website (http://musicalartists.org), Lead, Schedule C

  • MUPG 602 Recital Project 3 (6 credits) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Recital, conducting recital or featured opera role (by audition) with program notes.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Recital (30-40 minutes), conducting recital (20-30 minutes) or featured opera role (by audition) as defined by the American Guild of Musical Artists' website (http://musicalartists.org), Featured, Schedule C

  • MUPG 603 Recital Project 4 (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Concerto performance with orchestra (for the concerto competition or other competition in Montreal) or supporting opera role (by audition) with program notes.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Supporting Opera Role as defined by the American Musical Artists' website (http://musicalartists.org), Supporting, Schedule C

  • MUPG 605 Recording Project (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Recording project with liner notes.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Limited enrolment; admissions by proposal only and with approval of the Department; additional fees apply.

  • MUPG 606 Interdisciplinary Project 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Research-creation involving collaboration between different disciplines resulting in a new work, interpretation or contribution to knowledge presented in public (i.e., performer-composer commission; performer and actor/dancer collaboration, subject in CIRMMT research study, etc) with program notes as relevant.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • Performer-composer composition of 5-10 minutes. By proposal only and with approval of the Department.

* Solo Recital.
** Concerto only.

Required Course

  • MUGS 605 Graduate Performance Colloquium

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Graduate Faculty Music Courses : Participation in three professional development workshops or research colloquium approved by the department on topics such as performance pedagogy, academic teaching, music production, copyright, business, grantsmanship, etc. Students participate in each semester of residency until requirements have been met.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Complementary Semiars (9 credits)

One of the following:

One approved graduate 3-credit seminar with the prefix MUCO, MUGS, MUGT, MUHL, MUMT, MUPP, or MUTH.

One additional graduate 3-credit seminar approved by the Department.

Complementary Performance (9 credits)

Three terms of:

  • MUEN 564 Conducting Workshop (1 credit)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Ensemble : Workshop for conductors that provides rehearsal podium time with various ensembles as relevant to students' specialty.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Rudolf-Alexius Hauser (Fall) Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Guillaume Bourgogne (Winter)

    • Restriction: Open only to graduate students in conducting or with the permission of the instructor

2 credits:

  • MUPG 646 Score- and Sight-Reading 1 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Playing operatic piano-vocal scores at sight. Realizing at the piano operatic orchestral scores with emphasis on repertoire from before 1800.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • MUPG 647 Score- and Sight-Reading 2 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Playing operatic piano-vocal scores at sight. Realizing at the piano operatic orchestral scores with emphasis on repertoire from after 1800.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

4 credits:

  • MUPG 580 Rehearsal Techniques for Conductors 1 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Performance : Exploration of rehearsal techniques used by conductors and coaches in a variety of different settings (at McGill and in the larger Montreal community) including orchestra, orchestra sectionals, contemporary music ensembles, wind ensembles, early music ensembles, choral ensembles, jazz band, chamber music ensembles, and opera and various classes such as Song Interpretation 2 through observation and discussion.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Rudolf-Alexius Hauser, Jean-Sébastien Vallée (Fall)

    • Restriction: Open to graduate students in choral, wind, and orchestra conducting or with the permission of instructor

  • MUPG 680 Rehearsal Techniques for Conductors 2 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Continuation of MUPG 580 Rehearsal Techniques for Conductors 1.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Rudolf-Alexius Hauser, Jean-Sébastien Vallée (Fall)

    • Restriction: Open to graduate students in choral, wind, and orchestra conducting or with the permission of instructor

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