Future Students: Master of Music

Although it is possible to begin a Master of Music degree during the Winter Term, it is recommended that applicants begin their program in the Fall Term (September) of each academic year.

The application deadline for September 2019 admission is December 1, 2018.
Graduate audition dates for September 2019 admission will be scheduled as needed.

Jump directly to:

Application Details          Audition Information      Theory Requirements           


Applicants must possess a Bachelor of Music degree or a Conservatory Diploma taken in residence, and are required to apply and audition. Once admitted, all students write a diagnostic exam to evaluate their knowledge of theoretical aspects of tonal and post-tonal music.

To be considered for Desautels Faculty of Music scholarships, applicants must meet the application deadline and audition during the advertised audition dates.

All applications are made through the Faculty of Graduate Studies on-line application portal:

Apply online here 

back to top

Your application includes the following documents, which are to be uploaded to your online application:

  • Curriculum vita that outlines details of performance experience and repertoire
  • A letter describing your particular interests/goals in your field, and what you wish to gain from study at the Faculty of Music
  • Two reference letters
  • Official Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

Discipline-specific application requirements:

  • Conducting:
    • a preliminary high-quality recording of your rehearsal and performance conducting (facing the camera)
    • a list of repertoire conducted in both performance and rehearsal
    • an analysis of a piece of music from a theoretical/conducting standpoint*
      *Applicants should consult with the conducting faculty regarding the specific piece to be analyzed
  • Composition:
    • Applicants to the Composition stream are to present a portfolio of works, including a recording, demonstrating your ability to work in a variety of music genres  

Audition Information

back to top

All applicants are required to audition with a program of works representing a variety of historical periods, and exhibiting a variety of contrasting styles.  The audition will involve an interview and may also involve sight-reading and/or sight-singing.

Specific Performance audition repertoire requirements*:

*Applicants are encouraged to contact the area coordinator of your discipline for details. 

Jazz Auditions:  Students auditioning in person on a jazz instrument or jazz voice pay $25 accompanying fee to cover the expenses for a rhythm section, which is provided by the Faculty of Music. This accompanying fee must be paid before the audition.

Collaborative Piano Auditions:  Students auditioning in person for collaborative piano pay $25 to cover the expenses for the provision of supporting collaborative artists. This accompanying fee must be paid before the audition.

Vocal and instrumental pieces must be accompanied and you are required to provide your own accompanist.

  • Jazz auditions will consist of: a program of works, representing a variety of historical periods and contrasting styles; 20-30 minutes in total. A rhythm section will be provided for live auditions. Auditioning student must display several choruses of improvisation in each piece. Students who are auditioning by video must adhere to these same requirements and provide their own rhythm section and other accompanying instruments (if applicable).
  • Instrumental:  a program of works representing a variety of historical periods and contrasting styles; 20-30 minutes in total.
  • Voice:  two arias (one opera, one oratorio) and three art songs in contrasting languages and styles, with at least one in English; 20-30 minutes in total.
  • Strings
  • Piano:  A minimum of two contrasting movements of a classical sonata, one of which is in sonata form; a romantic work; a minimum of two other works chosen from baroque, impressionist and/or 20th century or contemporary works. The audition program should be approved by the Area Coordinator in advance.
  • Collaborative Piano 

Theory Requirements

back to top

All Masters students are expected to possess a certain breadth and depth of knowledge of music theory.  To assure this, all incoming M.Mus. students will write a diagnostic exam to evaluate their knowledge of theoretical aspects of tonal and post-tonal music. This exam takes place during the week prior to class commencement in Fall.  Details of suitable review materials are available here.





"I chose to study at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music because of the highly regarded reputation of the faculty on staff...  My expectations of the level of study, professorship, and personal support have been beyond surpassed at the Faculty of Music, and I consider myself to be exceptionally fortunate to have studied here." - Caroline Markos, M.Mus., 2013

Looking for information about tuition and costs? Check out the University of Manitoba resources, starting with the Registrar's Office!

Information for International Students