Graduate Diploma (Gr. Dip.) Performance (30 credits)

Offered by: Music     Degree: D-PERF

Program Requirements

A one-year graduate performance diploma that allows excellent musicians to refine their technique and master repertoire through intensive coaching, practice, and performance projects. Designed as a polishing diploma, the program prepares musicians for professional careers as soloist, opera singers, collaborative pianists, chamber, jazz and orchestral musicians or for further graduate studies in performance. Flexible program requirements, with range of performance project options including solo, chamber, recording, orchestral auditions, and creative collaborations. Admission is by audition, with candidates having previously completed a B.Mus., a Licentiate, or M.Mus.

Pre-requisite Courses

Harpsichord:

  • MUPG 272D1 Continuo (2 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Performance : An historically-oriented study of the principles of figured-bass. The student will realize at sight elementary bass patterns. Standard idioms from historical treatises will be introduced.

    Terms: Fall 2019

    Instructors: Hank Knox (Fall)

    • 2 hours

    • Prerequisites: MUTH 150 and permission of instructor.

    • Students must register for both MUPG 272D1 and MUPG 272D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUPG 272D1 and MUPG 272D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

    • Enrolment limited to 6.

  • MUPG 272D2 Continuo (2 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Performance : See MUPG 272D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2020

    Instructors: Hank Knox (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUPG 272D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUPG 272D1 and MUPG 272D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

    • 2 hours

    • Enrolment limited to 6.

  • MUPG 372D1 Continuo (1 credit)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Performance : A study of 17th and 18th Century styles of figured-bass accompaniment as revealed in contemporary sources. The emphasis will be on the realization at the keyboard of representative works using original sources.

    Terms: Fall 2019

    Instructors: Hank Knox (Fall)

    • 1 hour

    • Prerequisites: MUPG 272 AND permission of instructor. Enrolment limited to 4

    • Students must register for both MUPG 372D1 and MUPG 372D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUPG 372D1 and MUPG 372D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • MUPG 372D2 Continuo (1 credit)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Performance : See MUPG 372D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2020

    Instructors: Hank Knox (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUPG 372D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUPG 372D1 and MUPG 372D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

Required Courses (16 credits)

  • MUIN 634 Graduate Diploma Tutorial 1 (8 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Practical Instruction; Individual artists: specific performance projects detailed at audition. Jazz Musicians: includes arranging and composition. Chamber ensembles: individual artistry, development of group identity with respect to sound, communication skills, performance practice, and artistic/interpretative vision.

    Terms: Fall 2019

    Instructors: Pierre Beaudry, Andre J Roy, Axel Strauss, Ilya Poletaev, Stéphane Lemelin, Kyoko Hashimoto, James Box, Russell Devuyst, Jennifer Swartz, Joanne Kolomyjec, Jean-Francois Normand, Denis Bluteau, Dominique Labelle, Jeffrey E H Johnston, Aline Kutan, Alain Desgagne, Patrice Richer, Alexis Basque, Nadia Cote, Hank Knox, Sylvain Bergeron, Erik Eriksson, Fabrice Marandola, Ali Yazdanfar, John Hollenbeck, Kevin Dean, Brian Robinson, Brian Manker, Maria Popescu, Jocelyne Roy, Timothy Hutchins, Todd Cope, Marina Mdivani, John Mac Master, Richard Stoelzel, Susan Napper, Matthias Maute, Violaine Melancon, Yegor Dyachkov, Elizabeth Dolin, Jinjoo Cho, Stephen Algie, Stephane Levesque, Remi Bolduc, Christian Lane, Frédéric Lambert (Fall)

    • Restriction(s): Open to students in the Graduate Diploma in Performance.

  • MUIN 635 Graduate Diploma Tutorial 2 (8 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Continued Practical Instruction; Individual artists: specific performance projects detailed at audition. Jazz Musicians: includes arranging and composition. Chamber ensembles: individual artistry, development of group identity with respect to sound, communication skills, performance practice, and artistic/interpretative vision.

    Terms: Winter 2020

    Instructors: Andre White, Andre J Roy, Axel Strauss, Ilya Poletaev, Stéphane Lemelin, Kyoko Hashimoto, James Box, Russell Devuyst, Jennifer Swartz, Joanne Kolomyjec, Jean-Francois Normand, Denis Bluteau, Dominique Labelle, Francois Bourassa, Aline Kutan, Alain Desgagne, Patrice Richer, Alexis Basque, Nadia Cote, Hank Knox, Sylvain Bergeron, Erik Eriksson, Fabrice Marandola, Ali Yazdanfar, John Hollenbeck, Jean-Nicolas Trottier, Kevin Dean, Brian Robinson, Brian Manker, Maria Popescu, Jocelyne Roy, Timothy Hutchins, Todd Cope, Marina Mdivani, John Mac Master, Jean-Michel Pilc, Richard Stoelzel, Susan Napper, Matthias Maute, Violaine Melancon, Yegor Dyachkov, Elizabeth Dolin, Jinjoo Cho, Stephen Algie, Stephane Levesque, Christian Lane, Frédéric Lambert (Winter)

    • Restriction(s): Open to students in the Graduate Diploma in Perfomance.

Complementary Courses (14 credits)

8 credits from the following:

  • MUPG 640 Graduate Diploma Performance Project 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : A public solo, collaborative piano, chamber music or jazz recital, or preparation/presentation of a Featured Opera Role (by audition).

    Terms: Fall 2019, Winter 2020

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • Restriction(s): Only open to students in the Graduate Diploma in Performance.

    • Recital (40 - 45 minutes), Featured Opera Role (by audition) as defined by the American Guild of Musical Artists. For jazz students, three repertoire streams will be identified: Improvisation or Composition recital will consist entirely of the candidate’s original compositions; jazz composition recital will include a significant large ensemble component (normally at least half). Jazz Orchestra students perform an approved repertoire as lead players and soloists with a large ensemble (usually Jazz Orchestra).

  • MUPG 641 Graduate Diploma Performance Project 2 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : A second public solo, collaborative piano, chamber music or jazz recital, or preparation/presentation of a Featured Opera Role (by audition).

    Terms: Fall 2019, Winter 2020

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • Restriction(s): Only open to students in the Graduate Diploma in Performance.

    • Recital (40 - 45 minutes), Featured Opera Role (by audition) as defined by the American Guild of Musical Artists. For jazz students, three repertoire streams will be identified: Improvisation or Composition recital will consist entirely of the candidate’s original compositions; jazz composition recitals will include a significant large ensemble component (normally at least half). Jazz Orchestra students perform an approved repertoire as lead players and soloists with a large ensemble (usually Jazz Orchestra).

  • MUPG 642 Graduate Diploma Performance Project 3 (8 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : A public solo, collaborative piano, chamber music or jazz recital, orchestral excerpts, or preparation/presentation of a Lead Opera Role (by audition).

    Terms: Fall 2019, Winter 2020

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • Specific restrictions may apply to the studio recording option depending on available resources.

    • Restriction: Open to students in the Graduate Diploma in Professional Performance.

    • Recital (60-70 minutes): or Lead Opera Role (by audition) as defined by the American Guild of Musical Artists. For jazz students, three repertoire streams will be identified. Jazz Improvisation or Composition recital will consist primarily of the candidate’s original compositions; Jazz Improvisation recital may include some standard repertoire; Jazz Composition recital will include a significant large ensemble component (normally at least half) and may include some original arrangements. Jazz Orchestra students perform an approved repertoire as lead players and soloists with a large ensemble (usually Jazz Orchestra).

  • MUPG 643 Graduate Diploma Interdisciplinary Project (4 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : A composition commission, a research-related project (e.g., transcription, performance edition) or inter-disciplinary collaboration (music technology, dance, etc.) that results in a public performance; by departmental approval.

    Terms: Fall 2019, Winter 2020

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open to students in the Graduate Diploma in Professional Performance.

  • MUPG 644 Graduate Diploma Concerto Performance (4 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Concerto performance.

    Terms: Fall 2019, Winter 2020

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • Specific restrictions may apply to the studio recording option depending upon available resources.

    • Restriction(s): Open to students in the Graduate Diploma in Performance.

  • MUPG 645 Graduate Diploma Recording Project (4 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Studio recording with liner notes, by approval of the department.

    Terms: Fall 2019, Winter 2020

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • Specific restrictions may apply to the studio recording option depending on available resources.

    • Restriction(s): Open to students in the Graduate Diploma in Performance. Restrictions may apply to the studio recording option depending on available resources.

    • By proposal only and with approval of the Department; additional fees may apply. For jazz students, three repertoire streams will be identifed: Improvisation or Composition recital will consist entirely of the candidate’s original compositions; jazz composition recital will include a significant large ensemble component (normally at least half). Jazz Orchestra students perform an approved repertoire as lead players and soloists with a large ensemble (usually Jazz Orchestra).

6 credits of Performance courses with departmental approval from:

Any ensemble course with the prefix MUEN at the 500 or 600 level.

  • MUPG 571 Free Improvisation 1 (1 credit) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Performance : Introduction to the creative practice of improvisation for performers. The course focuses on the development of listening as applied to the practice of collective and solo improvisation.

    Terms: Winter 2020

    Instructors: Guillaume Bourgogne (Winter)

    • Prerequisite(s): Audition.

    • Restriction(s): Available to Music students; open to others by permission of the department. Not open to Jazz students. Not open to students who have taken MUEN 571.

  • MUPG 572D1 Free Improvisation 2 (0.5 credits) **

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Performance : This course is designed for performers who want to develop their skills as advanced improvisers. Both collective and solo contexts are addressed as performance practices, touching upon the history of improvisation as well as current trends.

    Terms: Fall 2019

    Instructors: Guillaume Bourgogne (Fall)

  • MUPG 572D2 Free Improvisation 2 (0.5 credits) **

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Performance : This course is designed for performers who want to develop their skills as advanced improvisers. Both collective and solo contexts are addressed as performance practices, touching upon the history of improvisation as well as current trends.

    Terms: Winter 2020

    Instructors: Guillaume Bourgogne (Winter)

* may only be taken once (not open to Jazz students)
** may only be taken once

and the additional courses from the following list for these areas:

Voice

  • MUIN 610 Vocal Coaching 1 (1 credit) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Individual coaching sessions on advanced vocal repertoire with emphasis on musical and linguistic nuance.

    Terms: Fall 2019, Winter 2020

    Instructors: Michael McMahon, Patrick Hansen, Esther Gonthier, Olivier Godin, Stephen Hargreaves, Hank Knox, Suzie Leblanc (Fall) Michael McMahon, Olivier Godin, Esther Gonthier, Stephen Hargreaves, Suzie Leblanc, Patrick Hansen (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUIN 600

  • MUIN 611 Vocal Coaching 2 (1 credit) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Continuation of Vocal Coaching I with emphasis on musical and linguistic nuance.

    Terms: Fall 2019, Winter 2020

    Instructors: Michael McMahon, Esther Gonthier, Stephen Hargreaves (Fall) Michael McMahon, Esther Gonthier, Olivier Godin, Stephen Hargreaves, Hank Knox, Patrick Hansen, Suzie Leblanc (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUIN 601

  • MUPG 590 Vocal Styles and Conventions (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Performance : Emphasis on vocal performance practices through practical application: text, language, inflection, pronunciation and interpretation considered with individuality of each student's voice and technical development. After examining historical treatises, students will discuss and present musical selections utilizing modern performance standards yet remaining true to stylistic demands of each period.

    Terms: Winter 2020

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • 3 hours

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUPG 690.

* may be taken only once per diploma
** if not already taken

Piano

  • MUPG 670 Advanced Continuo 1 (2 credits) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : A historically-oriented study of the principles of figured bass. Standard idioms from historical treatises will be introduced. Preparation of operatic excerpts from the standard high Baroque repertory is required.

    Terms: Fall 2019

    Instructors: Hank Knox (Fall)

  • MUPG 671 Advanced Continuo 2 (2 credits) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : A study of the many different styles of figured bass accompaniment as revealed in contemporary sources. The emphasis will be on realization at the keyboard of representative 17th- and 18th- century operatic recitatives and arias.

    Terms: Winter 2020

    Instructors: Hank Knox (Winter)

  • MUPG 683 Piano Seminar 1 (1.5 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Content to include comparative studies of recorded solo and ensemble repertoire, and lecture-recital presentations reflecting knowledge of historical context and performance practice. Analysis and discussion will accompany attendance at specific performing events at McGill and beyond, as well as presentations by guest lecturers and piano area faculty.

    Terms: Fall 2019

    Instructors: Ilya Poletaev (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUPG 681

  • MUPG 684 Piano Seminar 2 (1.5 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Content to include detailed critiques of in-class teaching, and general discussion of preparation for competitions and academic job applications. Analysis and discussion will accompany attendance at master classes and competitions and beyond, as well as presentations by guest lecturers and piano area faculty.

    Terms: Winter 2020

    Instructors: Ilya Poletaev (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUPG 682

  • MUPG 687 Collaborative Piano Repertoire 1: Song (1 credit) **

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Issues in collaborative piano song repertoire and performance in different genres and musical styles.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: MUEN 556 or equivalent or permission of the instructor

    • Restriction: Open to graduate students in collaborative piano or with the permission of the instructor

  • MUPG 688 Collaborative Piano Repertoire 2: Instrumental (1 credit) **

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Issues in collaborative piano instrumental repertoire and performance in different genres and musical styles.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: MUEN 556 or equivalent or permission of the instructor

    • Restriction: Open to graduate students in collaborative piano or with the permission of the instructor

  • MUPG 689 Collaborative Piano Rep.3: Orch. Reduction, Opera, Oratorio (1 credit) **

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : Issues in collaborative piano orchestral reduction, opera, oratorio and performance in different genres and musical styles.

    Terms: Fall 2019

    Instructors: Stephen Hargreaves (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MUEN 556 or equivalent or permission of the instructor

    • Restriction: Open to graduate students in collaborative piano or with permission of the instructor

* if not already taken
** may be repeated with the permission of the instructor

Chamber Music

  • MUIN 500 Practical Instruction 1 (1 credit) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Practical Instrument : Individual coaching sessions for musicians in advanced ensembles to focus on their individual instrumental technique.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • Restriction(s): Open only to musicians in Chamber Music Stream in the Graduate Diploma in Performance and the Graduate Artist Diploma. May be taken by D.Mus. students with special permission.

    • 30 minutes

* may be repeated only once per program

Organ

  • MUPG 575D1 Liturgical Organ Playing (1.5 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Performance : This seminar focuses on the development of skill in the leadership and accompaniment of hymns, the accompaniment of sung psalmody (particularly Anglican and Gregorian), and the conducting of choral music while accompanying at the organ. Additionally, regular instruction in techniques of improvisation will focus in particular upon hymn introductions and free accompaniments.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    • 1. 1 1/2 hours

    • 2. Students must register for both MUPG 575D1 and MUPG 575D2.

    • 3. No credit will be given for this course unless both MUPG 575D1 and MUPG 575D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.

  • MUPG 575D2 Liturgical Organ Playing (1.5 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Performance : This seminar focuses on the development of skill in the leadership and accompaniment of hymns, the accompaniment of sung psalmody (particularly Anglican and Gregorian), and the conducting of choral music while accompanying at the organ. Additionally, regular instruction in techniques of improvisation will focus in particular upon hymn introductions and free accompaniments.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • MUPG 670 Advanced Continuo 1 (2 credits) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : A historically-oriented study of the principles of figured bass. Standard idioms from historical treatises will be introduced. Preparation of operatic excerpts from the standard high Baroque repertory is required.

    Terms: Fall 2019

    Instructors: Hank Knox (Fall)

  • MUPG 671 Advanced Continuo 2 (2 credits) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : A study of the many different styles of figured bass accompaniment as revealed in contemporary sources. The emphasis will be on realization at the keyboard of representative 17th- and 18th- century operatic recitatives and arias.

    Terms: Winter 2020

    Instructors: Hank Knox (Winter)

One 3-credit seminar at the 500 or 600 level approved by the Department

* if not already taken

Early Music

  • MUPG 670 Advanced Continuo 1 (2 credits) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : A historically-oriented study of the principles of figured bass. Standard idioms from historical treatises will be introduced. Preparation of operatic excerpts from the standard high Baroque repertory is required.

    Terms: Fall 2019

    Instructors: Hank Knox (Fall)

  • MUPG 671 Advanced Continuo 2 (2 credits) *

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Performance : A study of the many different styles of figured bass accompaniment as revealed in contemporary sources. The emphasis will be on realization at the keyboard of representative 17th- and 18th- century operatic recitatives and arias.

    Terms: Winter 2020

    Instructors: Hank Knox (Winter)

* if not already taken

Jazz

One 3-credit seminar starting with MUPG*

* if not already taken

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