Master of Music

2 years
9,666 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

The School of Music at Memorial University is a thriving community of performers, creative musicians, and academics whose work spans a wide range of musical interests. Its staff includes world renowned musicians and intellectuals who are equally committed to educating as they are to performing. A chosen number of graduate candidates participate in unique possibilities to launch their professional lives in one of Canada's most vital musical contexts through personalised coaching.

The Master of Music programmes in performance, performance/pedagogy, and conducting directly address the wide range of career and life skills required of today's performers. Memorial, being Atlantic Canada's largest music school, is able to supplement its intensive performance studies with a wide range of experience possibilities for graduate students, ranging from teaching and community participation to entrepreneurial and arts advocacy projects.

The MMus programme consists solely of courses and can be completed in two years of full-time study.

Program structure

  • Music Research Methods 
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Performance Practice
  • Instrumental Ensemble Repertoire
  • Choral Repertoire
  • Orchestral Repertoire
  • Music Literature
  • Score Study and Analysis
  • Instrumental Conducting 
  • Instrumental Conducting Internship 
  • Choral Conducting 
  • Choral Conducting Internship 
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Principal Applied Study 
  • Secondary Principal Applied Study
  • Opera Performance
  • Chamber Music 
  • Conducted Instrumental Ensemble 
  • Jazz Combo 
  • Seminar in Performance Issues
  • Pedagogy Seminar
  • Pedagogy Internship 
  • Career Skills for Musicians
  • Music in the Community 


  • Tuition — 9,666 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in Music;
  • successful performance audition in candidate’s principal area of applied study; 

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).
  • Please note that other equivalent tests acceptable to Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies will also be considered.

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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