Incoming and New Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students

When will I receive my letter of offer?

Application processing time varies based on intended term, student type, whether you are direct or advance entry applicant, etc. Students are notified by email when admissions decisions are reached. Be sure to monitor the email address you used in your application for updates, and check your Application Portal regularly. See UM Admissions frequently asked questions here.

How do I register for classes?

You can use the Aurora Student Registration System to register for all your courses.  You can go HERE to log in to Aurora. You can also find tutorials on how to use Aurora HERE.

What will the fall term look like?

In general, most of your classes will be taught remotely. However, your weekly small and large Ensemble rehearsals will be done in-person —albeit with strict social distancing and cleaning procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

Further, while most of your weekly Major Practical Study lessons will be done remotely, we are arranging for one (1) lesson per month to be done in person. In person classes include: Major Practical Study (MUSC 1400, 2400, 3470, 4470, 4160, 5400, 7400, 7410), Large Ensembles (MUSC 1180, 2180, 3180, 4180, 7180), and Small Ensembles (MUSC 1190, 2190, 3190, 4190).

What if I am unable to attend the University of Manitoba this fall in person?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused untold disruptions to seemingly every aspect of our lives. Although our preference would be for you to experience performing in-person in both our small and large ensembles, we understand if that option is not feasible to you this fall. In such cases, please contact us as soon as possible so that your Ensemble Director, Area Head, or Major Practical Study Instructor can contact you to make alternative arrangements to ensure your experience this year will be as positive and fulfilling as possible.

What will academic courses look like this year?

The music theory and musicology faculty are taking this opportunity to explore a variety of innovative approaches and technologies. You can expect to see a combination of virtual class meetings, project-based learning, video lectures, and virtual one-on-one consultations with faculty members. What will remain the same is the high-quality, expert instruction you will get from dedicated faculty who cannot wait to work with you this fall. 

Major Practical Study

How do I choose the instructor with whom I want to study?

All new students are to fill out the MPS Selection Form. To request this form contact Admissions Coordinator Louella Yambot at Louella.Yambot@umanitoba.ca. Please note, while the Desautels Faculty of Music will make every effort to accommodate your first preference of instructor for the upcoming year, the Desautels Faculty of Music cannot guarantee that you will receive your MPS instruction with the preferred instructor.

What is MPS going to look like this fall?

Although the majority of your MPS lessons will be done remotely, we are arranging for you to have one (1) lesson per month in person with your instructor. With respect to the remote portion of MPS, MPS instructors are currently researching and experimenting to discover the best platforms, systems, and technology for lessons. We are committed to making sure that your MPS lessons are inspiring, engaging and interactive, and we are working to provide the equipment and spaces you need to do your best work. We have many new possibilities this year for team-teaching and masterclasses with colleagues around the world, and we are exploring these options.

Should I defer MPS this year?

You can, however, this will mean you will be extending the time to complete your degree. We do not want your progress to stall, and we are coming up with innovative and creative ways to facilitate your growth in this area. If you are considering this, please connect with your MPS instructor and Jennifer Wang at Jennifer.Wang@umanitoba.ca

Ensembles

Will there be Ensembles this year?

Yes.

What will ensembles look like this year?

All large and small Ensembles will be conducted in person, albeit with social distancing protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone. For more information and updates about our Ensembles, go HERE.

Access

Will I have access to the practice rooms?

There will be limited use of practice rooms. We are encouraging you to practice at home, if at all possible. For those of you for whom the Desautels Faculty of Music is your sole option for practicing, please complete the Practice Room Request Form and submit it to Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs Laura Loewen no later than August 1, 2020.

Will there be access to the library?

According to the information we have at this time, the library will be closed to patrons this fall. However, students can access all online materials (monographs, journals, music, and recordings), and curbside pick-up of library materials is available. Students can also request to have scans of materials in the physical collection made (within copyright restrictions). More information can be found on the Libraries website.

DFOM Cleaning Protocols

Residence and Off-Campus Living

Will residence halls be open this year?

All information regarding residence halls can be found on the Support for Students in Residence page.

Where can I live if not on campus?

Please visit the University of Manitoba Places 4 Students site to find information about off-campus housing.

What student services are open in UMSU University Centre?

Information about what services will be accessible can be found on the UMSU University Centre page.

Technology support for students

To which platforms will I be expected to have access?

Incoming and New Pre-Masters and Graduate DFOM Students

When will I receive my letter of offer?

Once a decision has been made on your file you will be notified via email. Please check the Application portal for updates.  To check your application status, please visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies Admissions page.

How do I register for classes?

You can use the Aurora Student Registration System to register for all your courses.  You can go HERE to log in to Aurora. You can also find tutorials on how to use Aurora HERE.

What will the fall term look like?

In general, most of your classes will be taught remotely. However, your weekly small and large Ensemble rehearsals will be done in-person —albeit with strict social distancing and cleaning procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

Further, while most of your weekly Major Practical Study lessons will be done remotely, we are arranging for one (1) lesson per month to be done in person. In person classes include: Major Practical Study (MUSC 1400, 2400, 3470, 4470, 4160, 5400, 7400, 7410), Large Ensembles (MUSC 1180, 2180, 3180, 4180, 7180), and Small Ensembles (MUSC 1190, 2190, 3190, 4190).

Major Practical Study

How do I choose the instructor with whom I want to study?

All new students are to fill out the MPS Selection Form. To request this form contact Admissions Coordinator Louella Yambot at Louella.Yambot@umanitoba.ca. Please note, while the Desautels Faculty of Music will make every effort to accommodate your first preference of instructor for the upcoming year, the Desautels Faculty of Music cannot guarantee that you will receive your MPS instruction with the preferred instructor.

What is MPS going to look like this fall?

Although the majority of your MPS lessons will be done remotely, we are arranging for you to have one (1) lesson per month in person with your instructor. With respect to the remote portion of MPS, MPS instructors are currently researching and experimenting to discover the best platforms, systems, and technology for lessons. We are committed to making sure that your MPS lessons are inspiring, engaging and interactive, and we are working to provide the equipment and spaces you need to do your best work. We have many new possibilities this year for team-teaching and masterclasses with colleagues around the world, and we are exploring these options.

Should I defer MPS this year?

You can, however, this will mean you will be extending the time to complete your degree. We do not want your progress to stall, and we are coming up with innovative and creative ways to facilitate your growth in this area. If you are considering this, please connect with your MPS instructor and Jennifer Wang at Jennifer.Wang@umanitoba.ca

Ensembles

Will there be Ensembles this year?

Yes.

What will ensembles look like this year?

All large and small Ensembles will be conducted in person, albeit with social distancing protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone. For more information and updates about our Ensembles, go HERE.

Access

Will I have access to the practice rooms?

There will be limited use of practice rooms. We are encouraging you to practice at home, if at all possible. For those of you for whom the Desautels Faculty of Music is your sole option for practicing, please complete the Practice Room Request Form and submit it to Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs Laura Loewen no later than August 1, 2020.

Will there be access to the library?

According to the information we have at this time, the library will be closed to patrons this fall. However, students can access all online materials (monographs, journals, music, and recordings), and curbside pick-up of library materials is available. Students can also request to have scans of materials in the physical collection made (within copyright restrictions). More information can be found on the Libraries website.

DFOM Cleaning Protocols

Residence and Off-Campus Living

Will residence halls be open this year?

All information regarding residence halls can be found on the Support for Students in Residence page.

Where can I live if not on campus?

Please visit the University of Manitoba Places 4 Students site to find information about off-campus housing.

What student services are open in UMSU University Centre?

Information about what services will be accessible can be found on the UMSU University Centre page.

What will academic courses look like this year?

Music Theory and Musicology

The music theory and musicology faculty are taking this opportunity to explore a variety of innovative approaches and technologies. You can expect to see a combination of virtual class meetings, project-based learning, video lectures, and virtual one-on-one consultations with faculty members. What will remain the same is the high-quality, expert instruction you will get from dedicated faculty who cannot wait to work with you this fall.  

Graduate Orientation & Theory Diagnostic

Both the Graduate Orientation and Music Theory Diagnostic Exam will take place online in late August. We will provide details about the logistics later in the summer, but you should plan to have access to a computer, internet connection, and a printer for the diagnostic exam.

Technology support for students

To which platforms will I be expected to have access?

Returning Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Pre-Masters, and Graduate DFOM Students

What will fall term look like?

In general, most of your classes will be taught remotely. However, your weekly small and large Ensemble rehearsals will be done in-person —albeit with strict social distancing and cleaning procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

Further, while most of your weekly Major Practical Study lessons will be done remotely, we are arranging for one (1) lesson per month to be done in person. In person classes include: Major Practical Study (MUSC 1400, 2400, 3470, 4470, 4160, 5400, 7400, 7410), Large Ensembles (MUSC 1180, 2180, 3180, 4180, 7180), and Small Ensembles (MUSC 1190, 2190, 3190, 4190).

 

Major Practical Study

What will Major Practical Study look like this year?

Although the majority of your MPS lessons will be done remotely, we are arranging for you to have one (1) lesson per month in person with your instructor. With respect to the remote portion of MPS, MPS instructors are currently researching and experimenting to discover the best platforms, systems, and technology for lessons. We are committed to making sure that your MPS lessons are inspiring, engaging and interactive, and we are working to provide the equipment and spaces you need to do your best work. We have many new possibilities this year for team-teaching and masterclasses with colleagues around the world, and we are exploring these options.

Should I defer MPS this year?

You can, however, this will mean you will be extending the time to complete your degree. We do not want your progress to stall, and we are coming up with innovative and creative ways to facilitate your growth in this area. If you are considering this, please connect with your MPS instructor and Jennifer Wang at Jennifer.Wang@umanitoba.ca.

Credit Recitals and Juries

TBD

Ensembles

Will there be any ensembles this year?

Yes.

What is this going to look like this year?

All large and small Ensembles will be conducted in person, albeit with social distancing protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

Access

Will I have access to the practice rooms?

There will be limited use of practice rooms. We are encouraging you to practice at home, if at all possible. For those of you for whom the Desautels Faculty of Music is your sole option for practicing, please complete the Practice Room Request Form and submit it to Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs Laura Loewen no later than August 1, 2020.

Will there be access to the library?

According to the information we have at this time, the library will be closed to patrons this fall. However, students can access all online materials (monographs, journals, music, and recordings), and curbside pick-up of library materials is available. Students can also request to have scans of materials in the physical collection made (within copyright restrictions). More information can be found on the Libraries website.

What if I am unable to attend the University of Manitoba in person this year?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused untold disruptions to seemingly every aspect of our lives. Although our preference would be for you to experience performing in-person in both our small and large ensembles, we understand if that option is not feasible to you this fall. In such cases, please contact us as soon as possible so that your Ensemble Director, Area Head, or Major Practical Study Instructor can contact you to make alternative arrangements to ensure your experience this year will be as positive and fulfilling as possible.

DFOM Cleaning Protocols

Residence and Off-Campus Housing

Will residence halls be open this year?

All information regarding residence halls can be found on the Support for Students in Residence page.

Where can I live if not on campus?

Please visit the University of Manitoba Places 4 Students site to find information about off-campus housing.

What student services are open in UMSU University Centre?

Information about what services will be accessible can be found on the UMSU University Centre page.

What will academic courses look like this year?

Academic coursework in the DFOM will be a little different than you remember from last year, but we’re very excited about the possibilities for deep learning and the faculty remain committed to creating transformational educational experiences, despite Jimmy’s disappointment at not being able to blast Monteverdi on the big speakers during class.

We know that you are already highly effective learners, and we’re developing models that will make the most of your skills and challenge you intellectually while providing close faculty support, even in an online learning environment. Because the fall semester will be online, the music theory and musicology faculty are taking this opportunity to explore a variety of innovative approaches and technologies.

You can expect to see a combination of virtual class meetings, project-based learning, video lectures, and virtual one-on-one consultations with faculty members. What will remain the same is the high-quality, expert instruction you will get from dedicated faculty who cannot wait to work with you again this fall.

Concert Credit Policy

We are evaluating how to modify the Concert Credit Policy to reflect the circumstances next year. A full response to this question will be available soon.

Technology support for students

To which platforms will I be expected to have access?

Mentorship Program

We will expand the mentorship program in 2020-21 to include all incoming Undergraduate and Graduate students. We will create events and supports throughout the school year that create community, nurture friendships, and answer your questions.

Non-Music Students and Students Pursuing a Minor in Music

What is the process of acquiring permission to take music courses as a non-music student?

Print out the departmental permission form from the website. Contact Jennifer Wang at Jennifer.Wang@umanitoba.ca, Music Student Advisor for further instructions and approval.

Will ensembles be open to non-music students and community members this year?

This will differ depending on the Ensemble. Please check with the Ensemble Director for details.