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The UVic School of Music offers a unique, two-year experience to prepare you for a variety of musical professions, from performance and music technology to research scholarship and arts administration. We provide exceptional training, custom-tailored projects, performance opportunities and research expertise to help you with your studies.

We provide the tools you need to build a career in music. Our alumni include professional performers, composers, academics, arts administrators, and technological innovators. Music is a diverse field, and UVic has the resources to help you shape your own path.

Degree programs offered

Our musicology degrees emphasize the role of academic research in the study and promotion of music. This includes cross-domain studies involving music and areas like publishing, literature, technology, fine art, philosophy and critical theory. You can tailor your thesis- or project-based degree to match your goals for a career in academia, library science, marketing or administration.

This MA is designed to give you research training that focuses on performance-related inquiries and professional development. You can focus your research around your performing goals while improving your ability to research and write about music.

Are your compositions experimental, innovative or theoretically rigorous? UVic is known for its daring support of new composers and styles. Our composers have ample opportunities to collaborate with students and faculty to perform their newest compositions. Our school hosts accomplished composers, contemporary music ensembles and colloquia focused on the creation and research of new music. Our composition graduates hold positions at universities around the world.

Our performance program blends experience and education in a collaborative environment. Students receive individual lessons and coachings.  You’ll receive personalized training in solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings. This program also includes seminar classes on music theory, history, and style.

Our program in String Quartet Performance is the only one of its kind in Canada. This program is for pre-existing string quartets. You’ll receive individual and ensemble mentorship to develop your quartet’s repertoire. You’ll be mentored by the Lafayette String Quartet, our Artists-in-Residence at UVic. This mentorship covers all aspects of performance, instruction and professional development.

Technology is the future of music. This program combines composition, performance and computer technology. This degree is also a gateway to specialized research at the PhD level, such as UVic’s INTD Interdisciplinary Program. You’ll be mentored by our faculty while using professional studio equipment for the composition, performance, recording, and analysis of interactive music.

Our musicology PhD program is highly selective. We offer our students intensive directed research in our faculty’s areas of expertise. We emphasize professional training in research and scholarship. We encourage interdisciplinary work that links music scholarship with related humanist fields that are relevant to your area of research.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MA 2 years Yes No
MMus 2 years Yes No
PhD 2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
On-campus
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Musicology
  • Performance
  • Music technology

Find a supervisor

All graduate students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • You must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • This faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission.

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Adam Con

Associate Professor Music Education, Chorus

Ajtony Csaba

Associate Professor Orchestra, Conducting

Alex Olson

Music Performance Instructor Bass

Alexander Dunn

Music Performance Instructor Guitar

Anita Bonkowski

Sessional Lecturer Theory, Film Music, Jazz Studies

Ann Elliott-Goldschmid

Associate Professor Violin, String Chamber Music, Strings Mentoring

Anna Höstman

Sessional Instructor Composition

Annabelle Stanley

Sessional Instructor Harp

Anne Grimm

Music Performance Instructor Voice

Anthony Tan

Assistant Professor Composition

Arthur Rowe

Professor Piano

Benjamin Butterfield

Professor Voice, Opera, Head of Voice, Co-head of Performance

Bruce Vogt

Professor Piano, History of Keyboard Music, 19th-Century Performance Practices

Christopher Butterfield

Associate Professor Composition, Theory

Colleen Eccleston

Sessional Lecturer Songwriting, Popular Music

Connie Gitlin

Music Performance Instructor Clarinet, Woodwind Chamber Music

Elissa Poole

Sessional Lecturer Music Appreciation

Elizabeth MacIsaac

Sessional Instructor Music Education

Eva Solar-Kinderman

Music Performance Instructor Piano

George Tzanetakis

Cross-listed Professor Music and Computer Science

Harald Krebs

Professor Theory, Head of Theory Program

Jelena Milojević

Sessional Instructor Accordion

Joanna Hood

Associate Professor Viola, String Chamber Music, Baroque Collegium

Jordan Hanson

Sessional Lecturer African Hand Drumming

Joseph Salem

Assistant Professor Music History, Musicology, Theory

Kinza Tyrrell

Sessional Instructor

Kirk McNally

Assistant Professor Recording Techniques, Music Technology, Sound Recording

Kurt Kellan

Associate Professor Horn

Kyron Basu

Sessional Instructor

Maria Virginia Acuña

Assistant Teaching Professor Music History, Musicology

May Ling Kwok

Music Performance Instructor Piano

Merrie Klazek

Assistant Professor Trumpet, Brass Chamber Music, Aural Skills

Michael Mazza

Sessional Lecturer Music Education

Pamela Highbaugh Aloni

Associate Professor Cello, String Chamber Music, Strings Mentoring, Head of Performance

Pamela Gerrits

Sessional Lecturer Music Education

Patrick Boyle

Associate Professor Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Studies, Theory, Musicology, Business of Music

Paul Beauchesne

Music Performance Instructor Low Brass

Russell Bajer

Music Performance Instructor Oboe

Scott MacInnes

Music Performance Instructor Trombone

Sharon Stanis

Associate Professor Violin, String Chamber Music

Steven Capaldo

Associate Professor Music Education, Wind Symphony (Conductor)

Susan Lewis

Full Professor, School of Music; Associate Vice-President Academic Planning (on secondment, now serving as Acting Vice-Provost) Musicology

Suzanne Snizek

Associate Professor Flute, Woodwind Chamber Music, Music History

W. Andrew Schloss

Professor Electronic & Computer Music, Acoustics, Ethnomusicology

Wendell Clanton

Assistant Teaching Professor Saxophone, Vocal Jazz

William Linwood

Music Performance Instructor Percussion, Percussion Ensemble

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)

Eligibility

  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $129
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian students: apply by December 15 for September entry.
  • International students: apply by December 15 for September entry.
  • For strongest consideration, all auditions should be completed before January 15.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary at musi@uvic.ca or 250-721-7902.

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