We want you to thrive

At the Desautels Faculty of Music, you are more than a student. You are part of a thriving music community, working with accomplished professionals and exploring your talents in inspiring, leading-edge facilities.

World-class faculty and guest artists

You will learn from renowned professionals with a passion for teaching. They are active in the international music world, continuing to perform, record, compose, conduct and publish regularly. They have won major national, and international awards. They attract acclaimed guest artists to our master classes and provide countless opportunities for you to perform. You will develop your individual talents and your ability to collaborate with other gifted artists.

A progressive approach

At the core of the Desautels Faculty of Music is collaboration, and this is encouraged and nurtured in all our programs. You will pursue your major practical study in a conservatory-style atmosphere, with the freedom to explore many musical styles, from traditional classical to modern and experimental genres. Mentorship and a team approach are at the heart of the outstanding education you will receive.

As a student in a research-intensive university, you will have opportunities to shape your studies to your interests. You will enjoy a broad choice of courses, allowing you to develop the academic rigour and critical thinking that will serve you well throughout your lifetime.

These opportunities allow you to explore the true depth and breadth of your talents as you prepare for a successful, fulfilling career in music or the arts.

Canada’s most advanced university facilities for music study

An exciting renewal of our facilities is providing state-of-the-art spaces for your education and there has never been a better time to study music at the University of Manitoba. You will perform and create in Canada’s most advanced and inspiring environment.

Generous scholarship and bursary support

Our faculty provides unprecedented levels of financial support so music students can realize their dreams, thanks to the generosity of our many donors. Our list of music scholarships, fellowships and bursaries is now one of the most impressive in Canada. In addition, a wide range of general entrance scholarships and financial awards are available to University of Manitoba students.

Exciting performance opportunities in a cultural capital

Students in the Desautels Faculty of Music become fully immersed in one of Canada’s most vibrant cultural communities. This is a city where all performing arts are celebrated.

More than 12% of Canada’s professional musicians live here, even though we are home to just 2.25% of the nation’s population. The community’s 12 leading arts and cultural organizations fill 1.9 million seats each year. Many of these organizations partner with us, providing the experience you need to thrive.

As a student, you will be invited to perform with faculty and other talented musicians at popular music events on campus and beyond. Every year, our students participate in more than 250 performances with faculty, community players, and several of Winnipeg’s leading performing arts organizations, including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

You’ll also have the opportunity to share your knowledge and encourage young musicians through our outreach programs. The Desautels Faculty of Music is an important catalyst for music appreciation and achievement throughout the community.

60% of our students receive financial support.

$1.9 million awarded since 2009 from Desautels Endowment alone.

170+ music students assisted every year.


Your gift can be directed to the Taché Arts Project or a bursary or scholarship of your choice. Learn more.