Introduction

Building Hours

The hours for the entrances at 221 Dafoe Road and 135 Dafoe Road differ slightly, as noted below.   

Monday – Friday:  

Saturday/Sunday:  

University holidays: 

Vision and Mission

Vision : To be the destination of inspiring musical activity, through a commitment to transformative research/creative works and teaching and learning. These endeavours are uniquely strengthened by interdisciplinary knowledge and diverse perspectives, including those of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. We aspire to offer innovative programs of the highest quality at all levels of music study.

Mission: To create, preserve, communicate, and apply knowledge in composition, musicology/theory, music education, and music performance, in respectful engagement with our students, contributing to the cultural, social, and economic well-being of local, national, and global communities.

Values:

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba. We have a full-time resident faculty of 32 outstanding and internationally recognized performers, composers, scholars, and researchers who are dedicated to our diverse student body, whether that teaching occurs in private lessons, masterclasses, large or small ensembles, or in the classroom. Our students also have access to internationally recognized visiting artists and scholars through masterclasses, lectures, and special performances.   

Our faculty is proud to be a vital component of the Winnipeg arts community. Our city boasts an exceptional symphony, opera company, ballet company, several chamber orchestras, both early and new music groups, an extremely active jazz scene, and vibrant art galleries and professional theatres. With such diversity, Winnipeg is one of the most inspiring centres for the arts in Canada. Our students are enriched by the countless opportunities to which they are exposed—both as musicians and as audience members. Although we are the province’s largest university, it is a cornerstone of our program that our faculty and staff provide individual care and attention for each student. We are committed to sustaining a safe and nurturing environment for all our students, faculty, and staff.  

These are stimulating times of great development for the Desautels Faculty of Music. Thanks to the generous and visionary leadership of our benefactor, Dr. Marcel Desautels, along with the support from generous donors to the Taché Arts Project, the final piece to a decade-long expansion of our music facilities will be a state-of-the-art concert hall, scheduled to open in Fall 2024.  

I invite you to invest some time to learn more about the Desautels Faculty of Music as you explore this website, speak with us about our various programs, visit us on campus to see our inspiring facilities, and experience the talents of our students, ensembles, and faculty in performance.   

-Edward Jurkowski, PhD.

Staff contact list

Please see the Administration and support staff section of our Faculty, instructors and staff page for a current listing of staff contacts.

Area heads

Please see our Faculty, instructors and staff page for a current list of Desautels Faculty of Music area heads.

Collaborative pianists

Students are responsible for hiring a collaborative pianist for Credit Recitals and Jury Examinations. Please see our faculty, instructors and staff page for a current list of Desautels Faculty of Music Collaborative pianists. 

General Information

Registration and Fees

Registration is completed using the Aurora System. This system can be accessed by internet only; students who live in areas without internet access should contact the Desautels Faculty of Music undergraduate student advisor for registration assistance.

Registration for Fall and Winter term courses occurs in July and August.

Fee payment deadlines are given on the UM's important dates and deadlines webpage.

Transfer Credit

Students who have attended another accredited university or college may request that courses taken at those institutions be credited as transfer credits; in such cases the student may be asked to demonstrate competencies equivalent to Desautels Faculty of Music courses for which such credit is claimed. Transfer credit is not automatically accorded. Students must provide course syllabi to the Desautels Faculty of Music for music courses.  All non-music course syllabi must be sent to the Admissions Office (evaluations@umanitoba.ca) for an evaluation.  Detailed information about transfer credit can be found at https://umanitoba.ca/admissions/undergraduate/requirements/transfer-credit.  

Residency Requirements

Minimum required periods of residency at University of Manitoba: two years with a minimum of 63 credit hours. In other words, students must take a minimum of 63 credit hours at the University of Manitoba in order to obtain a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Manitoba.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Please go to the University of Manitoba website for up to date Important dates and deadlines: https://umanitoba.ca/registrar/important-dates-deadlines

Photo Identification Card

How to activate your student ID card

Access to the Desautels Faculty of Music facilities (building access and fourth floor practice rooms) will be activated by the DFOM facilities and events coordinator in your first year of study. Returning Students ID cards will remain active.  

Student photo identification (Student ID) card is an access key to all student services:

Students can now obtain their student card online. Please check the Registrar’s Office website at http://umanitoba.ca/student/records/pii/photo_id.html for detailed information about obtaining a student card through Aurora. 

Please carry your student ID card with you at all times.

Activate UM Net ID

The University of Manitoba offers students access to a variety of online services including U of M email, campus wireless internet, UM Learn, Jump and more.  If you are having trouble with any of these services you can chat with the IST here. (IST Service Desk: Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Phone: 204-474-8600 ext. 123 Fletcher Argue)

The University of Manitoba will only use your UM email account (@myumanitoba.ca) for official communications, including messages from your instructors, department or faculty, academic advisors, and other administrative offices. Please be sure to check it regularly for information on important deadlines, competition dates, etc.

Instrument Storage Lockers

There are instrument storage lockers for student use in Rooms T128 and T142, accessible by student ID swipe card only. These storage lockers are intended for instruments only and are not to be used for personal belongings. Rental for the academic year is $10.00.  The DFOM will provide locks, and a locker appropriate for the size of your instrument will be assigned to you. Please contact the front office to rent a locker.

Practice Rooms

Music students registered in Major Practical study and/or Credit Recital are allowed to reserve time in practice rooms.   

 

Practice Room Sign Up Procedure: 

During the first full week of Fall and Winter term students will sign up for practice rooms. Sign up sheets will be located outside the general office (T319). 

On the first day only Piano majors can sign up for practice room use: 

  • From 8:30am – 1:00pm: Masters, Post-Baccalaureate, Pre-Masters, and third- and fourth-year Piano majors can sign up. 
  • From 1:00pm – 4:30pm: first- and second-year Piano majors can sign up. 

On the second day all Post-Baccalaureate, Masters, and Pre-Masters students can sign up. 

On the third day all third- and fourth-year students can sign up. 

On the fourth day all first- and second-year students can sign up. 

The Facilities and Events Coordinator will review these sign up sheets to ensure all DFOM policies have been adhered to. 

Allotted Time 

Performance

Music education, general, composition, or history

Note: Students are free to use empty practice rooms outside of their scheduled practice times. However, they should vacate the room if a student arrives who has booked the room.

Terms and Conditions:  

  • Students will use the practice rooms for their intended purpose of musical development and study. 
  • Students will not allow non-Desautels Faculty of Music students to access the practice rooms for any reason. Access to practice rooms is at the discretion of the administration and violation of this term can result in termination of the student’s own privileges to practice rooms.  
  • Propping open doors or tampering with the security swipe system is strictly prohibited.  
  • The cleanliness of a practice room is the responsibility of the occupying student, all practice rooms must be kept clean and tidy. 
  • Portholes on practice room doors are not to be obstructed in any way.  
  • Posters, music, etc. are not to be posted on the walls, unless you have received permission from the Facilities and Events Coordinator. 
  • The student is responsible for the musical instruments in the practice room they are occupying and are liable for damages which occur during their occupation of the room.  
  • No food or drink are permitted in the practice rooms.  
  • Yellow music stands have the room number written on them, and should not be removed from that practice room.  
  • Students may not teach lessons in practice spaces.  
  • The Desautels Faculty of Music building is open from 7:30AM to 10:00 PM. All students must vacate the building by midnight.  

Failure to adhere to these policies may result in consequences ranging from a written notice to a $90 charge for piano tuning or suspension of practice room privileges.

Respectful Work and Learning Environment (RWLE)

Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management http://umanitoba.ca/human_rights/rwle/index.html      

 

The Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management (OHRCM) promotes a respectful working and learning environment in which individuals are treated equitably and diversity is valued.

Scent-Free Policy and Smoking on Campus

  • The Desautels Faculty of Music is a scent-sensitive environment. Please refrain from using any scented products.  

  • Smoking is prohibited within eight (8) meters or twenty-five (25) feet of any building entrance on the Fort Garry campus. 

  • Smoking or vaping cannabis is prohibited on campus, including within all residences. Students who can present a valid prescription for marijuana will be accommodated through an allowance within the guidelines of the Clean Air policy that permits smoking at least 25 feet from an outside entrance. Additional information can be found on the Health and Wellness website

Security Services

The University’s Security Program is administered by Security Services located in the Welcome Centre, 423 University Crescent open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The department provides service to students, staff and all users of the Fort Garry Campus.  

Emergency Contact Numbers

  • 555 from any university phone
  • #555 from MTS or Rogers Wireless
  • 204-474-9312 for non-emergencies
  • Any emergency phone on campus

All instances of theft should be reported to Campus Security.  Any suspicious activity should also be reported.

Some of the services provided by Campus Security include:

  • Safewalk
  • Emergency Phones
  • Emergency Response Plan

For more information or ask questions about any of these programs.  See: http://umanitoba.ca/campus/security/  

University of Manitoba photo, video, and audio consent policy

University of Manitoba policy notes that photos/videos/audio recordings taken during for-credit courses do not require video/photo consent forms to be signed by students. This policy applies to classroom lectures, faculty events for students, and ensemble performances. Given the public-facing nature of many Desautels Faculty of Music academic requirements (e.g. ensemble performances, midday concerts, recitals, etc.), music students should expect that photos, videos, and/or audio recordings will be made.

If a student does not want to have photos or videos of them taken at ensemble performances, they should contact the communications assistant with a photo of themselves (for identification purposes only), and the communications assistant will refrain from taking photos of them at performances. Students are not required to provide a reason as to why they do not want to have their photo taken.

For more information, students should reach out to the University of Manitoba Access and Privacy Office.

Desautels Faculty of Music Students' Association

Incoming students will be introduced to members of the Desautels Faculty of Music Students’ Association (FMSA) Council during Orientation sessions. Students can contact senior.stick.fmsa@gmail.com with any concerns at any time.   

Message from the FMSA Council

The mission of the Desautels Faculty of Music Students' Association Council (FMSA) is to foster a unified student and staff community within our faculty, and to advocate for the rights and better education of our students. Through planning social events and student initiatives, relaying student concerns to the administration and, when appropriate, relaying administrative concerns to the student body, we hope to foster a professional, positive, healthy, and supportive community within the Desautels Faculty of Music.  

There are many ways for you to get involved in your FMSA:  

  1. Every year we seek volunteers to round out the Council as Non-Voting Representatives from different years and areas of study, so that all students' voices can be more easily heard. 
  2. Typically, we organize and host a number of social events throughout the year, including free Pancake Mondays, holiday events, the First Year Bonfire, and most importantly, our annual Black & White Swing Thing social. We are looking forward to bringing many events and traditions back to campus as safely as we can for the 2022-2023 school year!
  3. We share important information regarding midday recital schedules, external student concerts, and anything we believe relates to the interests of the students within the Desautels’ Faculty of Music! To stay up-to-date, follow our socials listed below:
    • Facebook: Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music Students' Association  
    • Instagram: @fmsauofm 

All are welcome to attend our meetings!  Information on how to access these meetings can be found on our social media, or by contacting any council member via email.  

A list of FMSA Council members and their contacts for the current academic year, as well as, the most recent version of the FMSA Constitution can be found at: https://umanitoba.ca/music/student-experience/fmsa.

Please contact us any time with any questions, comments or concerns you may have; we are here for you!

All our best for this academic year,  

Desautels Faculty of Music Students’ Association  

Book and Outerwear Lockers

Hallway lockers are located on the first floor of Taché Hall. There is a nominal, non-refundable locker rental fee. The FMSA will provide locks and will assign lockers.  To rent a locker, please contact a member of FMSA council via email or by stopping by the council office, located on the first floor of Taché Hall (T115).

Kitchenette Facilities

The Desautels Faculty of Music has three kitchenettes for student use, located in rooms T110, T480, and T2-168. Each kitchenette is equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, and other kitchen essentials. All students are responsible for keeping the kitchenettes clean and useable. Students are expected to throw away old food, wash their own dishes, clean up spills, etc. A more detailed kitchenette policy is outlined below. 
 

FMSA Kitchenette Policy
We are very fortunate to have access to these facilities. These are shared spaces and therefore we must all do our part to keep them clean. Please abide bythese rules to keep our kitchenettes functional and inviting:

  1. If you are leaving food in the refrigerator, please label your food with your name and the date that it was placed in the fridge. Tape and markers will be available in the kitchenette. If you cannot find them, please visit the FMSA office (T115).
  2. Food can be left overnight,but please refrain from keeping food in the fridge for extended periods of time. Council aims to remove old food biweekly. Food that is older than two weeks old will be thrown out in its container.
  3. Please avoid keeping empty containers, large containers with small amounts of food, or lunch bags in the fridge for an extended period of time.
  4. Do not take food that does not belong to you!
  5. The kettle, microwave, and Keurig are available for your use. Please cleanup any spills or other messes in the microwave, in the fridge, or on the counters.
  6. Please wash your dishes!
  7. Please remember to take your dishes/containers home with you.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact the FMSA Council in person, by email (senior.stick.fmsa@gmail.com) or by leaving a suggestion in our Suggestion Box located on top of the microwave in the first floor kitchenette (T110).

Eckhardt-Gramatté Music Library

General Information & Library Hours

The Eckhardt-Gramatté Music Library is located in T1-257, on the 2nd floor of the Taché Arts Complex, and is open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. The primary responsibility of our staff is to assist you in using library materials for coursework, ensembles and Major Practical Study. Come say hello and see what we have for you!  

Visit the Eckhardt-Gramatté Music Library

You can search and place requests for print scores through the library catalogue, access online resources (scores, research materials, and recordings). See information here: https://umanitoba.ca/libraries/ 

Loan Periods

Note: Material may be recalled if another patron needs the item.

Specially marked items may have shorter borrowing times.  

Technology for playback is available in the library.

Library account

All library notices (e.g. overdue and recalls) are sent to University of Manitoba (@myumanitoba) email accounts, so please check it regularly. This is our primary mode of contact with students!

Library Card

Your UM student card is your library card. The account is linked to your UMNetID, and you can use those credentials to track your borrowing.

Computer Facilities & Printing/Copying

All students, faculty and staff automatically have Library Print accounts. Your printing activity is associated with your UMNetID and is tracked online in your Library Print account. The set up process takes about 10 minutes before you can print. Set up your account here: https://umanitoba.ca/libraries/print  

Writing Tutors

This is a completely free, very useful service for all students. Appointment bookings and more information are available online at: https://umanitoba.ca/student-supports/academic-supports/academic-learning 

Programs

General Information

The Desautels Faculty of Music is committed to the idea that the study and performance of a broad historical and stylistic range of music, including the music of one's own time, is essential to every musician's training. Although studies in the B.Mus. have focused primarily on Western Art Music, there is an increasing emphasis on the importance of studying music beyond this genre, and a more inclusive approach is being prioritized.   

Bachelor of Music 

For the first two years of study, all Bachelor of Music students follow the General program, which provides essential academic, performance and ensemble training. After the second year, students can choose to stay in the General program, or they may move into the Composition, History, Performance, or Music Education program provided they meet the requirements. 

Students can receive individual instruction in one of the following: strings, woodwinds, brasses, percussion, classical guitar, harp, harpsichord, lute, organ, piano, recorder, composition, or voice.  Students normally receive one hour of private instruction each week for the entire academic year, for a total of 26 hours, with the exception of MUSC 4160, which has a total of 13 hours.  In all programs of study, the mix of core and elective courses means students can explore a wide range of interests. 

Bachelor of Music students are required to participate in two ensembles each year for four years. 

University of Manitoba photography and recording consent

University of Manitoba policy notes that photos/videos/audio recordings taken during for-credit courses do not require video/photo consent forms to be signed by students. This policy applies to classroom lectures, faculty events for students, and ensemble performances. Given the public-facing nature of many Desautels Faculty of Music academic requirements (e.g. ensemble performances, midday concerts, recitals, etc.), music students should expect that photos, videos, and/or audio recordings will be made.

If a student does not want to have photos or videos of them taken at ensemble performances, they should contact the communications assistant with a photo of themselves (for identification purposes only), and the communications assistant will refrain from taking photos of them at performances. Students are not required to provide a reason as to why they do not want to have their photo taken.

Bachelor of Music (General)

The BMus General program provides excellent preparation for a wide range of career paths. All Bachelor of Music students follow this program for the first two years of study. Many students choose to remain in the General program, where there is considerably more flexibility in elective courses in years three and four. For more information visit: https://umanitoba.ca/explore/programs-of-study/music-bmus

Bachelor of Music (Composition)

Composition students develop their skills in composing music through projects with ensembles and solo performers as well as in our state-of-the-art computer music studio, aided by award-winning composition professors. Students interested in Composition will normally do a Composition entrance audition.  If a student wishes to transfer to Composition from another B. Mus program or from the B. Jazz Studies, they must submit a portfolio of compositions and meet with the Associate Dean (undergraduate programs) and the Composition faculty to discuss their request.  For more information visit: https://umanitoba.ca/explore/programs-of-study/music-bmus.  

Bachelor of Music (History)

In the History program, students learn from dynamic scholars who are internationally recognized for their research and teaching. Courses in this area examine music in history and culture from early music to 21st century popular genres.  For more information visit: https://umanitoba.ca/explore/programs-of-study/music-bmus

At the conclusion of the second year of study - or with permission of the Associate Dean at the end of their third year - students may apply for admission to the History program, subject to the following limitations:   

History 

Qualifications: Satisfactory standing in accordance with the academic regulations of the Desautels Faculty of Music, grades of “B+” or better in MUSC 1004, MUSC 1014, and two Music History electives, and the written recommendation of the instructor of one of these classes. The student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (with 60 credit hours completed and no more than two (2) voluntary withdrawals while registered in the Desautels Faculty of Music). 
 

Bachelor of Music (Performance)

Students in the Performance program are mentored by outstanding artists whose teaching is informed by years of professional experience. Students may apply to move into the Performance program at the end of second year if they have maintained a satisfactory standing and receive the recommendation of the second-year Jury Exam panel. For more information visit: https://umanitoba.ca/explore/programs-of-study/music-bmus

At the conclusion of the second year of study - or with permission of the Associate Dean at the end of their third year - students may apply for admission to the Performance program, subject to the following limitations:  

Performance 

Qualifications: Satisfactory standing in accordance with the academic regulations of the Desautels Faculty of Music, completion of all first-and, normally, second-year required Music courses, and the recommendation of the panel that hears the juried examination at the completion of MUSC 2400. This second year Jury Examination thus acts as an audition for the Performance program.  This Jury Examination will be 25 minutes long and will be held in April. Please note that a half-jury is not allowed when auditioning for the Performance program. 

Bachelor of Music (Music Education)

Bachelor of Music (Music Education) 

This program provides a route for future music educators to complete an in-depth study of music and music education before moving on to a Bachelor of Education After Degree. Students choose one of four concentrations: Early/Middle Years, Choral, Instrumental, or Guitar/Strings and can use their electives for further study in music or to gain background in one of the other music education concentrations.  For more information visit: https://umanitoba.ca/explore/programs-of-study/music-bmus

At the conclusion of the second year of study - or with permission of the Associate Dean at the end of their third year - students may apply for admission to the Music Education program, subject to the following limitations:   

Music Education 

Successful completion of all first- and second-year courses in the Bachelor of Music general program including MUSC 2100 (Introduction to Music Teaching and Learning) and MUSC 2460 (Conducting) and at least 3 credit hours in a second teachable subject area. See the Faculty of Education website for details on the requirements for second teachables. Students apply to enter the Music Education Concentration in second year to begin specialized course work in third and fourth years. Students will fill out the required paperwork to apply at the end of MUSC 2100 or can make an appointment with the Student Advisor. 

Major Practical Study & Jury Examination

Course Numbers & Lesson Format

Courses MUSC 1400, MUSC 2400, MUSC 3470, MUSC 4160, MUSC 4470 (Major Practical Study) 

Lesson Format  

Each student taking Major Practical Study will normally receive one hour of private instruction each week for the entire academic year for a total of 26 hours, with the exception of MUSC 4160, which has a total of 13 hours. Except in cases of emergency, 48 hours’ notice is required to cancel a lesson. It is at the discretion of the instructor when or if the lesson will be made up.   

In order to be eligible for Major Practical Study, students are required to enroll in more than 50% (16 credits) of that year's regular credit hours, excluding the Major Practical Study. 

Each student will discuss with their professor the goals for the year in terms of technical achievement, repertoire development and practice time required.   

Special and Visiting Students may not register for Major Practical Study courses. 

Masterclasses

Attending Masterclasses is an important part of Major Practical Study at the Desautels Faculty of Music.   

Students should refer to the current students page for a listing of current dates/times for their instrument area.

Interrupted Major Practical Study

Students who do not enroll in Major Practical Study or a Credit Recital for a period longer than one term will be required to re-audition for placement in Major Practical Study. Contact your instrument area head for repertoire information, as well as the admissions coordinator to make arrangements for the re-audition. 

Jury Examinations

As part of Major Practical Study, jury examinations are required for students in the Bachelor of Music degree programs (Composition, General, History, Performance*, and Music Education). 

Students in the Performance program are NOT required to perform a Jury Examination for Major Practical Study courses MUSC 3470 and MUSC 4470 if they are registered in a credit recital that year.    

One week prior to the Jury Examination students in the Bachelor of Music Composition are required to prepare and submit scores and recordings for presentation at the Jury Examination, as part of their Major Practical Study courses. 

The student will perform for a panel consisting of faculty members, normally at the end of term in April.  The student’s instructor can be present at the Jury Examination, but does not participate in assigning a grade.  Members of the panel give marks independently without consultation. To arrive at the final grade, the Desautels Faculty of Music office averages the panels’ marks.  Students should be aware that the quality of the instrument may affect their progress on that instrument, but it should not be considered a crucial element of the grading process.

The student is expected to perform a balanced repertoire as appropriate to their instrument, and to prepare as though it were a public performance. Repertoire varies by year, student and experience level, and is determined in collaboration with the Major Practical Study instructor. While it is expected that the majority of the music performed at the Jury Examination will be solo literature, one ensemble work in which the student plays a prominent part may be included.  Sight-reading may be required in Jury Examinations.   

From year to year Jury Examination repertoire should be distinct and not overlapping, except in unusual circumstances approved in advance by the Dean’s Office. 

Jury Examinations for Major Practical Study will normally take place during the exam period of the academic year for which the student is registered. When unavoidable circumstances arise (e.g. illness or other issues of a critical nature), deferred Jury Examinations may be allowed with the permission of the Associate Dean.  A deferred Jury Examination is considered an incomplete in the course and this incomplete will constitute the grade submitted until the deferred exam is taken.   

Students may not register for the next level of Major Practical Study until the deferred Jury Examination has been successfully completed. 

Jury Length

MUSC 1400 

Normally 15-17 minutes of music 

MUSC 2400 

Normally 15-17 minutes of music for students not auditioning for Performance 

25 minutes of music for students who are auditioning for Performance 

MUSC 3470 

Normally 25 minutes of music 

MUSC 4470 

Normally 25 minutes of music 

MUSC 4160 

Normally 12-14 minutes of music 

Half-Juries

A student or their instructor may request that the student perform two Half Jury Exams. In this case, each Half Jury Exam will be half the length of the full jury. For example, if the required Jury Exam length is 25 minutes, then each Half Jury Exam will be 13 minutes. A Half Jury Exam is not allowed when auditioning for the Performance Concentration.  

Major Practical Study Grading

Final grades in Major Practical Study are determined as follows:

Students in MUSC 3470 and 4470 who are registered for a credit recital in the same academic year will not perform a Jury Examination –100% of the grade will be determined by the student’s Major Practical Study instructor.

A term grade of “D” (60-69) or “F” (59 or below) from the instructor will constitute the final grade for the course and will not be added to a Jury Examination grade. The student is then not eligible to take a Jury Examination.

A Jury Examination grade of “D” (60-69) will result in a grade of “D-incomplete” and a Jury Examination grade of “F” (59 or below) will result in a final grade of “F-incomplete” for the entire course. The student will have no longer than six months from the day of the failed Jury Examination to repeat the Jury Examination. The same repertoire may be performed. A grade of “C” or higher on this second Jury Examination will be averaged with the instructor’s grade to determine the final grade. A grade of “D” or “F” on the second Jury Examination will become the final grade for the course.

Repertoire Booklets

Each year of MPS study, students will be required to complete a Repertoire booklet.  

Students who play an MPS jury: Students are responsible to create and maintain their own repertoire booklets. They will be required to submit the booklet on or prior to their jury date; each area will establish a submission procedure.

Students who do not play a MPS jury: Repertoire booklets are required at the discretion of the MPS instructor.  

A repertoire booklet should contain a list of all the repertoire that a student has prepared for the Jury Exam and repertoire that the student has studied throughout the academic year. The MPS Instructor must sign the repertoire booklet prior to or at the Jury Exam.  

 A downloadable PDF repertoire booklet can be found on the current students page.

Concert Attendance Policy

INTERNAL CONCERTS (Minimum of ten (10) concerts attended for MUSC 1400,2400, 3470, 4470; minimum of five (5) for MUSC 4160):  

You can attend: 

Use the DFOM Concert Attendance Card to keep track of your attendance at non-ticketed DFOM concerts. 

 You must present your DFOM Concert Attendance Card! Concert attendance is taken at the door before the concert. 

There will be a $5 replacement fee in the event of loss. 

EXTERNAL CONCERTS (Maximum of ten (10) concerts attended for MUSC 1400,2400, 3470, 4470; maximum of five (5) for MUSC 4160): 

You can attend: 

You can use up to five (5) of your external ticketed concerts/events for DFOM or outside concerts in which you perform but do not receive DFOM credit (Students in MUSC 4160 can use two (2) external ticketed concert/events.) 

Ticket stubs/printed electronic tickets are required for all external concerts and for DFOM ticketed concerts.  

Keep track of your ticket stubs/electronic printed tickets by attaching them to the External Concert Ticket form.  

For non-ticketed external concert/events, or for proof of participation in concerts in which you perform, please contact Laura Loewen one week prior to the event for permission. Non-ticketed external concert/events will not be admissible without permission.  

ATTENDANCE SUBMISSION 

*NEW* For the 2023-24 academic year, a check-in is required in the month of December 2023.  Please come to the Front Office (T319) with your card and ticket form before December 22, 2023. 

The deadline to submit your DFOM Concert Attendance Card and the External Concert Ticket form at the Front Office (T319) is April 26, 2024. A $5 charge will be required if you need verification of your attendance. 

Failure to achieve the required level of attendance, or the non-submission of your attendance will result in a student’s Major Practical Study final grade being lowered by one full letter grade (for example, a B+ would become a C+). 

Minor Practical Study

Minor Practical Study

Minor Practical Study (individual instruction in an area other than that selected for Major Practical Study) is available to students in all four years of the Bachelor of Music program with the written permission of the Dean. There is a limit on the number of students who are allowed to elect these courses, as well as on the subject areas available for study.  Students who would like further information are encouraged to speak with the undergraduate student advisor.

Students wishing to pursue Minor Practical Study should fill out the Minor Practical Study Proposal form on the forms hub.

Credit Recitals

Lesson Format for Credit Recitals

Students registered for MUSC 3550 (Recital 1) and MUSC 4560 (Recital 2) will receive 0.5 hours of private instruction each week for the entire academic year, for a total of 13 hours of instruction per academic year.   

The instructor, in consultation with the student, will schedule this instruction as regular additional lessons, as coaching time in preparation for the recital, or as a combination of the two. Except in cases of emergency, 48 hours’ notice is required to cancel a lesson. It is at the discretion of the instructor when or if the lesson will be made up.   

Credit Recital Booking

Due to construction at 65 Dafoe, Eva Clare Hall will be available on a very restricted basis during the Winter 2024 term.  

Please note that there are accessibility issues in Eva Clare Hall.  The only access to washroom facilities will be through the recording booth and includes stairs.  Recitals in Taché 2 will be accessible.  

All bookings in Eva Clare Hall will be reserved for students registered in MUSC 4560, 5560, and GRAD 7030.  Students registered in these courses can hold their recital in Taché 2 if they prefer. 

March 2024 - ECH is available on Friday evenings (4:30pm-10:00pm) and Saturdays (8:00am-10:00pm)  Please contact the Facilities and Events Coordinator for available time slots.  

April 2024 – ECH is available on Thursday and Friday evenings (4:30pm-10:00pm) and Saturdays (8:00am-10:00pm) Please contact the Facilities and Events Coordinator for available time slots. 

May 1 – May 19, 2024 - ECH is available on Thursday and Friday evenings (4:30pm-10:00pm) and Saturdays (8:00am-10:00pm) Please contact the Facilities and Events Coordinator for available time slots. 

Students registered in MUSC 3550, 3554, or 4564 will perform their recitals in the Taché 2 building, primarily in the Vocal Arts Room (T2-266).  Please contact the Facilities and Events Coordinator for available time slots.

Because of the limited number of slots available, students will be required to book their dress rehearsal and recital at the same time.  

The deadline for booking credit recitals is December 1, 2023 at 4:30 pm.  

If you prefer to perform your recital off-campus, please contact the Associate Dean (undergraduate programs) 

To book the Credit Recital date: 

Confirm your recital/dress rehearsal date and location with the Facilities and Events Coordinator in Room 303.

Submit the Undergraduate Credit Recital Booking Form - Classical (https://umanitoba.ca/music/student-experience/forms) to the Facilities and Events Coordinator no later than December 1. Payment must be received before the booking is confirmed. A late fee of $25 will apply after December 1.  The recital and dress rehearsals will not be officially booked until this step is completed. 

All recitals performed in Eva Clare Hall or Tache Hall will be recorded (audio only) for archives.  Students will receive a copy of the audio recording of their recital.   

The Recital Approval Form must be submitted to the Classical Jury Examination and Credit Recital Coordinator (Allen Harrington) a minimum of one (1) month before the Credit Recital.  https://umanitoba.ca/music/student-experience/forms.  

Finalized Credit Recital programs are to be emailed to music@umanitoba.ca in “Word” format a minimum of one week before the Credit Recital. The program must follow the Recital Program Template provided online at: https://umanitoba.ca/music/student-experience/forms.  

Please consult the Recital Formatting Guide for instructions on how to use the template, formatting content, etc.   

An electronic copy of the program will be sent to the student. We will provide 30 black and white copies of the Recital program.

Credit Recital Checklist

Work with your Major Practical Study teacher to set a date.    

Students are responsible for hiring all collaborating musicians and confirming their availability.   

On-campus Credit Recitals:  

Off-campus Credit Recitals: 

Credit Recital Times and Lengths

Composition students:

For MUSC 3550, for composition majors, the public Credit Recital shall normally consist of the composition, preparation and presentation, of 42-45 minutes of original music. All works on the Credit Recital are to have been composed during the student’s B.Mus. degree program at the University of Manitoba. Large ensemble works or works that are otherwise impractical for inclusion on the Credit Recital, but that receive performance elsewhere during the student’s program prior to the Credit Recital date, may count toward the composition Credit Recital time requirement. Only works for which good quality audio and/or video recordings are available will be considered. All such inclusions are at the discretion of, and with the pre-approval of, the Credit Recital instructor. The duration of the composition Credit Recital may not be reduced through such activities to less than 30 minutes of music.  

Performance students:  

  • MUSC 3550: The Credit Recital for MUSC 3550 will contain 42-45 minutes of repertoire with the total length of the Credit Recital including all pauses (no intermission) not exceeding 60 minutes.  
  • MUSC 4560: The MUSC 4560 Credit Recital will contain 65-70 minutes of repertoire depending on the instrument or voice. This should include all pauses.  The recital will include a 10-minute intermission and not exceed 90 minutes in length.  

Credit Recitals should be treated as professional engagements. Students are fully responsible for all organization. Start early! Book your credit recital after confirming the date with any musicians who will be accompanying you. The date may not be changed except with the approval from the Associate Dean.      

Plan any assistance needed to help the Credit Recital run smoothly well ahead of time.  Contact the facilities and events coordinator for more information.   

Any recital booking of Eva Clare Hall or a room in the Taché building requires a $100 non-refundable, non-transferable Recital fee. When using a venue other than Eva Clare Hall or a room in the Tache building, it is the student’s responsibility to provide a recording of the recital for the Music library archives. The $100 fee will not be changed for off campus recitals and technicians will not be provided by the DFOM.  

Credit Recital Grading

A Credit Recital panel (which has been approved by the Desautels Faculty of Music) will assign grades for Credit Recitals.   

The members of the panel will meet after the Credit Recital and determine a single letter grade. A comment sheet from each of the panel members will be returned to the student as soon as possible following the performance. Comments are written so that the mark given is reflective of the weight of the comments and will include feedback on topics such as the student’s use of musical language, level of preparation, communication, expressivity, and technical facility. 

The criteria for grading recitals will be specific to individual disciplines within each performance area and will be discussed at area masterclasses and preparation sessions. 

For students in the Performance or Composition programs, a minimum mark of “B” is required to fulfill the Credit Recital requirement. As in all Desautels Faculty of Music courses, a mark of “C” is a passing mark.  A recital course that receives this mark, while not meeting the standard in the Performance or Composition programs, may be used as an elective credit in other concentrations. 

Credit Recital Repertoire

Programs must be balanced historically and stylistically as appropriate to the instrument and discipline. If the time constraints of the MUSC 3550 Credit Recital do not allow coverage of all relevant stylistic eras, this balance must be achieved by the repertoire of the MUSC 4560 Credit Recital. Repertoire varies by year, student and experience level, and is determined in collaboration with the Credit Recital instructor. 

For MUSC 3550/MUSC 4560, the majority of the music performed at the Credit Recital should be solo literature with or without accompaniment, as appropriate to the medium.  Chamber music in which the recitalist plays a prominent part may be included in the MUSC 3550 Credit Recital and will normally be included in the MUSC 4560 Credit Recital. 

In any year in which a student in the Performance stream does not perform a Credit Recital, and is thus required to perform a Jury Examination, repertoire should be distinct and not overlapping, except in unusual circumstances approved in advance by the Dean’s Office. 

Copyright Regulations

In most situations, copyright regulations require that performers be in possession of original scores of music to be performed.  While a student may perform from copies, students must show the originals to their Credit Recital instructor when submitting a program. It is only acceptable to perform from a copy of a score without owning an original if the specific edition being copied has entered into the public domain. Students may use a borrowed score. If out-of-print music is used, a letter or e-mail of permission from the publisher is to be provided to the Student Advisor when submitting the Recital Program Approval Form. The Eckhardt-Gramatté Music Library is a good source for scores. 

Ensemble Placement

Ensembles

The Desautels Faculty of Music offers a wide variety of opportunities for participation in ensembles, which can be found on the Ensembles webpage.

A list of current ensemble directors can be found on the faculty, instructors, and staff page.

Students will normally participate in two ensembles (MUSC XX80 and MUSC XX90) relevant to their major practical study area. Exceptions to the above policy must be submitted to the Associate Dean by the end of the first full week of classes outlining the nature of the request, by submitting the Ensembles Regulation Exception Form on the forms page. Final decisions regarding special requests will be made by the Associate Dean in consultation with ensemble directors where necessary. All students are expected to complete an audition for at least one large ensemble, regardless of any requests for exceptions.  

Any students requesting exceptions to the normal ensemble placement must complete the "Request for Exception to Undergraduate Ensemble Regulations" form. Students wishing to participate in more than two ensembles must complete the request form and obtain approval from their MPS teachers and pertaining ensemble directors. The following signatures are needed:  

The Associate Dean will make the final decision on the request and communicate directly with the student.  

Travel Code of Conduct 
As University of Manitoba ambassadors and representatives, students are expected to demonstrate professionalism and conduct conducive to the purpose of the educational trip.  

Ensemble Trip Absences 
Students are responsible to find out what work they will miss and what they will be expected to do to make up this work while away. Non Desautels Faculty of Music students must sign a Field Trip Release Form before leaving, found here: http://umanitoba.ca/legal_counsel/agreements.html or available at the Reception Office (Room 319). 

Academic Progress and Policies

Student Responsibilities

As a student of the Desautels Faculty of Music please:

Academic Progress

All questions concerning academic regulations should be directed to the Associate Dean (Contact the front office assistant if you'd like to make an appointment) and/or the undergraduate student advisor. 

Within the first week of the term, students will receive course syllabi for all academic courses, ensembles, Credit Recitals, and lessons. 

A grade of “C” or better is required in each Music course throughout the Bachelor of Music program except where the Desautels Faculty of Music Bachelor of Music Student Handbook states otherwise. If a student needs help maintaining a “C” grade please see the Student Advisor or the Associate Dean. They are there to assist students, but it is a student’s responsibility to seek help. In addition, the Academic Learning Centre has resources that some students may find helpful. 

A sessional (September – April) grade point average of less than 2.0 (“C”) or failure to achieve a grade of “C” or better in two Music courses will result in a student being placed on probation.  While on probation, the student remains in the program, but is subject to a set of conditions that are established by the Desautels Faculty of Music. A student failing to meet these conditions may be placed on suspension.  

Supplemental examinations are not given in the Desautels Faculty of Music, with the following exception: if a Jury Examination mark of “D” has been assigned in Major Practical Study, the Jury Examination may be redone prior to the next registration. 

Each student is permitted a maximum of 21 credit hours of failed Desautels Faculty of Music courses in the Bachelor of Music program. Students will not be permitted to register for a required music course more than twice without the permission of the Dean.  

Repeat Rule

Subject to faculty regulations, required Music courses graded “F” or “D” must be repeated, usually at the next opportunity. Elective courses graded “F” may either be repeated or another elective substituted.

Bachelor of Music students may not register for third year Major Practical Study or Recital I until all required first year music courses have been successfully completed, nor for Fourth Year Major Practical Study or Recital II until all second-year music courses have been successfully completed, except by consent of the Associate Dean.

Attendance

Attendance – Academic courses/Ensembles

Absences of less than 120 hours:

Regular attendance is expected of students in all courses. Per university policy, students have two days to provide instructors with this form, copying the undergraduate student advisor for any absence from classes of less than 120 hours. 

If a student misses a final exam, they must speak with the undergraduate student advisor.

All other absences will be unexcused. Any unexcused absences from Ensemble or Major Practical Study courses, or three hours of unexcused absences from any other DFOM course, may result in the student being required to withdraw from the course or Ensemble, or may result in a failing grade being assigned. 

Absences of more than 120 hours:

This is an extraordinary request, and students must seek permission from the Associate Dean and their instructors. Students are required to make an appointment with the Student Advisor or Graduate Program Assistant to discuss their request; they will fill out a portion of the DFOM Long Absence request form, which will be forwarded to their instructors by the Student Advisor/Graduate Program Assistant for approval. 

The Associate Dean will review the request, which may be approved or denied in entirety or approved for selected courses. 

If there are selected courses for which permission is denied, the Associate Dean will work with the student to create a new program plan. 

All other absences will be unexcused. Any unexcused absences from Ensemble or Major Practical Study courses, or three hours of unexcused absences from any other DFOM course, may result in the student being required to withdraw from the course or Ensemble, or may result in a failing grade being assigned. 

 

Absences - MPS lessons

Absences of less than 120 hours:

Regular attendance is expected of students in all courses. Each student taking MPS will normally receive one hour of private instruction each week for the entire academic year, for a total of 26 hours, with the exception of MUSC 4160, which has a total of 13 hours. Except in cases of emergency, 48 hours’ notice is required to cancel a lesson. It is at the discretion of the instructor when or if the lesson will be made up. Per university policy, students have two days to provide instructors with this form in lieu of a medical note copying the undergraduate student advisor for any absence from classes of less than 120 hours, if requested by the MPS or recital instructor.

If a student misses a jury, they must speak with the undergraduate student advisor.

All other absences will be unexcused. Any unexcused absences from Ensemble or Major Practical Study courses, or three hours of unexcused absences from any other DFOM course, may result in the student being required to withdraw from the course or Ensemble, or may result in a failing grade being assigned. 

Attendance at Masterclasses and Studio Classes is an important part of studies at DFOM. Other more specific attendance requirements will be set by each instrument/voice area, as will regulations about collaborative musicians. Students’ attendance and preparation for Masterclasses and Studio Classes may be reflected in their Major Practical Study grade. 

Absences of more than 120 hours:

This is an extraordinary request, and students must seek permission from the Associate Dean and their instructors. Students are required to make an appointment with the Student Advisor or Graduate Program Assistant to discuss their request; they will fill out a portion of the DFOM Long Absence request form, which will be forwarded to their instructors by the Student Advisor/Graduate Program Assistant for approval. 

The Associate Dean will review the request, which may be approved or denied in entirety or approved for selected courses. 

If there are selected courses for which permission is denied, the Associate Dean will work with the student to create a new program plan. 

All other absences will be unexcused. Any unexcused absences from Ensemble or Major Practical Study courses, or three hours of unexcused absences from any other DFOM course, may result in the student being required to withdraw from the course or Ensemble, or may result in a failing grade being assigned. 

Academic Dishonesty

According to the University of Manitoba Undergraduate Calendar, under General Academic Regulations, Academic Integrity: 

The University of Manitoba takes academic integrity seriously. As a member of the International Centre for Academic Integrity, the University defines academic integrity as a commitment to six fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage. (International Centre for Academic Integrity, 2014) 

To help students understand the expectations of the University of Manitoba, definitions for the types of prohibited behaviours are in the Student Academic Misconduct Procedure and provided below. 

"Academic Misconduct" means any conduct that has, or might reasonably be seen to have, an adverse effect on the academic integrity of the University, including but not limited to: 

(a) Plagiarism – the presentation or use of information, ideas, images, sentences, findings, etc. as one’s own without appropriate attribution in a written assignment, test or final examination. 

(b) Cheating on Quizzes, Tests, or Final Examinations – the circumventing of fair testing procedures or contravention of exam regulations. Such acts may be premeditated/planned or may be unintentional or opportunistic. 

(c) Inappropriate Collaboration – when a student and any other person work together on assignments, projects, tests, labs or other work unless authorized by the course instructor. 

(d) Duplicate Submission – cheating where a student submits a paper/assignment/test in full or in part, for more than one course without the permission of the course instructor. 

(e) Personation – writing an assignment, lab, test, or examination for another student, or the unauthorized use of another person’s signature or identification in order to impersonate someone else. Personation includes both the personator and the person initiating the personation. 

(f) Academic Fraud – falsification of data or official documents as well as the falsification of medical or compassionate circumstances/documentation to gain accommodations to complete assignments, tests or examinations. 

Note that the above applies to written, visual, and spatial assignments as well as oral presentations. 

Over the course of your university studies, you may find yourself in situations that can make the application of these definitions unclear. The University of Manitoba wants to help you be successful, and this includes providing you with the knowledge and tools to support your decisions to act with integrity. There are a number of people and places on campus that will help you understand the rules and how they apply to your academic work. If you have questions or are uncertain about what is expected of you in your courses, you have several options: 

  • Ask your professor, instructor, or teaching assistant for assistance or clarification. 

  • Get support from the Academic Learning Centre or Libraries

  • Visit the Academic Integrity site for information and tools to help you understand academic integrity. 

  • Make an appointment with the Student Advocacy office. This office assists students to understand their rights and responsibilities and provides support to students who have received an allegation of academic misconduct. 

The Desautels Faculty of Music views plagiarism as a very serious academic offence.  Students found guilty of plagiarism in any course will receive a failing grade in that course.  If a second offence should occur, the student will be placed on academic suspension. 

Undergraduate Grade Appeals

The Desautels Faculty of Music follows the appeal process outlined in the University of Manitoba Regulations.  Please find details of the University of Manitoba policy at:    

Student Rating of Instruction (SRI) and Internal Desautels Faculty of Music Evaluations

At the end of each term, students in all courses and ensembles with more than six registrants complete an evaluation of the professor and the course. The SRI is available via your UM Learn course homepage and replaces the former SEEQ/eSEEQ tool for student feedback for degree-credit courses. The SRI has been added to every UM Learn course (this includes non-credit courses). 

Major Practical Study and Ensemble evaluations can be obtained at the Reception Office, two weeks prior to the last day of classes in the winter term. These are internal evaluations only. Please contact the Front Office Assistant if you have questions about this procedure. 

Dean's Honour List

Bachelor of Music students who achieve a sessional (September –April) grade point average of 3.5 and higher, and are registered in a minimum of 80% of a full-time program in both Fall and Winter terms will be eligible for the Dean’s Honour List. This is reflected on a student’s transcript.

Students who are granted incomplete or deferral status in any course will not be eligible for the Dean’s Honour List.

University Gold Medal

The Desautels Faculty of Music University Gold Medal shall be awarded to the graduating student who has achieved the highest degree grade point average for the entire four-year program, including non-Music electives. The program must be completed within four years, and may include any work taken during summer and intersession; all work must be done at the University of Manitoba.

Desautels Music Program Medals

The Desautels Faculty of Music Program Medal shall be awarded to the graduating student in each music program who has achieved the highest degree grade point average for the entire four-year program, including non-Music electives. The program must be completed within four years, and may include any work taken during summer and intersession; all work must be done in residence at the University of Manitoba.

Tie-Breaking Mechanism
In the event of a tie based upon the criteria described above, the following mechanism will be used to break the tie:

  • The degree grade point average is to be calculated to the fourth decimal place.
  • Preference is to be given to the student who has a higher proportion of “A+” and “A” grades in a total program.
  • Preference is to be given to students who have taken the largest number of credit hours.
  • If the tie still persists, the Desautels Faculty of Music Scholarship and Awards Committee, along with any others appointed by the Dean, will meet to select the recipient.

Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarships

The Desautels Faculty of Music offers generous financial support through merit awards and renewable scholarships. Merit awards are given to students each year based on accomplishments. Eligibility criteria vary by award and applications are not required.  

Bursaries

Support based on financial need is offered through the Desautels Faculty of Music and the University of Manitoba. Applications with supporting documentation for bursaries are made on "Aurora Student” and the deadline for submission is October 1. Please check the Financial Aid & Award website for detailed bursary information or contact the Admissions Coordinator.

Desautels Faculty of Music Endowment Fund

The endowment fund consists of funds donated by private donors and students.  All Desautels Faculty of Music students contribute to the fund through tuition fees, as decided through a referendum process. A portion of the endowment fund goes toward continuing scholarships for students.

The goal of the fund is to promote excellence in the Desautels Faculty of Music through support of students for a wide variety of innovative projects and programs consistent with the academic goals of the Faculty, including but not limited to: scholarship and research, professional development, or travel. 

Individual and group applications for projects and travel grants are made to the Endowment Fund committee; there are two calls for applications each academic year (Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall). Please submit this application form for the Desautels Faculty of Music Endowment Fund.

Facilities and Equipment

General Information

  • Desautels Faculty of Music facilities and equipment are reserved for credit-related activities only. All non-credit use is prohibited without the express consent of the facilities & events coordinator.  

  • The Desautels Faculty of Music facilities are not to be used for any private lesson teaching unrelated to University of Manitoba teaching activities. All teaching of private lessons in our facilities must be to students registered in Major Practical Study and/or Recital on that instrument with that teacher, or must be arranged through the Division of Preparatory Studies. 

  • All users of facilities and equipment are fully financially responsible for any and all damage to or loss of said facilities and equipment, including instruments, laptop and desktop computers, pianos, sound equipment, etc. Please take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and security of Desautels Faculty of Music equipment. 

A copy of the complete Facilities & Equipment Use Policy is available from the Facilities & Events Coordinator.

Room Bookings

To book Eva Clare Hall and Rooms in the Tache Arts Complex, email the Facilities and Events Coordinator with your booking request. 

Fourth-year students may book a maximum of four hours for dress rehearsal prior to a Credit Recital. Third-year students may book a maximum of three hours for dress rehearsal prior to a Credit Recital.

Middays

The Desautels Faculty of Music reserves the time slot from 12:30 pm to 1:20 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for Midday Recitals. The primary function of the Midday Recital is to provide students with an opportunity to gain experience in performance, as both presenters and as audience.  The Midday Recital time will also include programs, lectures, or workshops by faculty members and visiting artists and scholars, and Health and Wellness events.  

During the Fall 2023 term, most programs will take place in Eva Clare Hall; in the Winter 2024 term, they will take place in T2-266.  These spaces will be available one hour before the Midday recital time for on-stage sound checks.     

To book a midday, use the Midday Recital Request form on the current students page.

During the Fall 2023 term recitals in Eva Clare Hall, the piano will be either the 7’ Yamaha or the 7’ Kawai. These pianos will be used on a rotating basis, user preference cannot be accommodated for midday recitals. 

Food and drinks are allowed in the seating area of Eva Clare Hall or T2-266 during middays. Please pick up garbage and containers left on the floor or on seats when you are leaving the hall. 

Recording Session Information

The recording studio is available Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30 pm, excluding holidays, by appointment only. For recording sessions outside of these hours students will be required to pay $20.00 per hour.   

For more information regarding recording sessions please contact the Recording Studio Technician. 

Desautels Recording Studio

Equipment Loans

With some exceptions, please note that all students are expected to acquire their own instruments prior to study, or within the first year of study at the Desautels Faculty of Music. Should you require an equipment loan, contact the Facilities and Events Coordinator.

The loan periods for instruments borrowed from the DFOM follow the academic terms September to December, January to April with an optional extension for the summer term May to middle of August. The summer loan term is only available to returning students.  All instruments must be returned for inspection by the Facilities and Events Coordinator before the end of April, even if the loan is going to be renewed for the summer term. The faculty reserves the right to recall the instrument at any time. 

If the instrument is not returned by the specified date, a hold will be placed on your University of Manitoba account, preventing you from using the libraries, registering for courses, etc. 

Any questions should be directed to the Facilities and Events Coordinator

The maintenance fee is $50 per term. Payment in full is required at the time of the loan. 

Instrument insurance is not required but highly recommended, either as a rider on your house insurance, or as a separate insurance policy. 

The Desautels Faculty of Music will not supply consumable materials such as mouthpieces, reeds, drum pads and sticks. Please consult your area heads and MPS instructors about appropriate equipment for your instrument and needs.

Instrument Techniques Courses - Instrument Loan Guidelines

Students enrolled in a Techniques course who require the temporary loan of a student-quality instrument(s) must sign a University of Manitoba Equipment Loan Agreement for each instrument.  This does not apply to the Percussion Techniques course unless instruments are to be removed from the teaching area at any time. Please contact the Facilities and Events Coordinator.

The Desautels Faculty of Music will supply consumable materials such as reeds, drum pads and sticks at a cost to the students. 

The student is financially responsible for any repairs needed due to damage deemed excessive by the Facilities and Events Coordinator.  

Percussionists

While the Faculty provides percussion equipment, it is expected that Percussion students also begin purchasing certain pieces of equipment:  

  • During Year 1 – a snare drum;  
  • During Year 2 – tambourine, triangle and beaters.  
  • Percussionists are also expected to purchase mallets on a regular basis.  
  • Percussion students will be expected to purchase additional equipment.  
  • For other purchase recommendations, speak with your Major Practical Study instructor. 

Student Employment Opportunities

Student Employment Opportunities

There are a variety of part-time positions available in the Faculty for full-time students (registered for Credit Hours for fall term and 9 Credit Hours for winter term) who are legally able to work in Canada: http://umanitoba.ca/admin/human_resources/employment/employment_opportunities.html  

All Grader/Marker positions are posted and applied to through UM Careers, found here: (https://viprecprod.ad.umanitoba.ca/default.aspx).  

Student Technician and Student Office Assistant positions are available upon discussion with the Facilities and Events Coordinator. Check Career Services at https://www.umanitoba.ca/career-services/  for other employment opportunities. 

Student Support Services

Student Support Services

Accessibility Services

Contact the Student Accessibility Services and inform your professor as soon as possible regarding any special accommodations needed for your learning environment.

Student Advocacy

To get questions answered about rights and responsibilities as a student you can contact Student Advocacy

Academic Learning Centre

The Academic Learning Centre (ALC) serves students with a writing or study skills tutor, and /or attend workshops in order to further develop academic strengths and skills in writing, learning and research. 

Career Services

Career Services assists all University of Manitoba students with career planning and job search questions. 

Respectful Work and Learning Environment

To ensure a positive educational experience for everyone the university has a policy outlining expectations for students and professors:

Sexual Violence Support & Education

Student Counseling Centre

The Student Counseling Centre deals with any aspect of your mental health and well-being, including stress, relationships, anxiety, depression, etc.

Mobile Crisis Service

For 24/7 Mental Health Support, the Mobile Crisis Service can be reached at 204-940-1781

University Health Service (UHS)

Contact UHS for any medical concerns, including mental health problems. UHS offers a full range of medical services to students, including psychiatric consultation.

Student Support Case Management Team

The Student Support Case Management Team is available for consultation, workshops, and referrals.

Health and Wellness Educator

All of the Desautels Faculty of Music forms, and related policies, can be found here: https://umanitoba.ca/music/student-experience/forms