Sound Recording M.Mus. Admissions

Program Overview

This internationally renowned program is a course-based, professional training program designed for musicians who wish to develop the skills required in the music recording and media industries. It is based on the German Tonmeister program and offers extensive, hands-on opportunities to record a broad spectrum of solo recitals, large opera, and symphonic repertoire with soloists and choirs, and complex Jazz Band and pop idioms.  The program also has close ties with industry that facilitate opportunities for internships.

The program must be completed in two consecutive years due to the precise scheduling of class times and studio hours.  Approximately 8 students are admitted to this highly competitive program each year.  Program pre-requisites may be acquired through a qualifying year and subsequent application.

Faculty

Faculty includes prominent researchers as well as award-winning recording engineers and producers in the fields of music production, television, and film sound familiar with cutting-edge technologies and new developments.

Resources & Opportunities

McGill’s professional-quality facilities provide state-of-the-art equipment for research and the recording of any size of ensemble in high-resolution multichannel audio and high-definition video, and include:

  • Audio recording studios equipped for surround recording and virtual acoustics
  • Four concert hall recording spaces
  • An opera studio
  • Post-production and editing suites

Awards

Audio Engineering Society Awards, Graduate Student Recording Project Competition, MIDAS internships, Schulich Scholarships, Low Beer Award and other Faculty scholarships.

Careers

Graduates are leaders in the field working in highly respected studios around the world and they win both creative and scientific international competitions.

Prerequisites (27 credits)

If you did not complete the prerequisites for this program during your undergraduate studies, you may apply for a one-year qualifying program as a special undergraduate student. Contact the Sound Recording Area Chair for further information. Prerequisite courses include:

Required Prerequisite Courses (21 credits)

MUCO 260 Instruments of the Orchestra 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUMT 250 Music Perception and Cognition 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSR 232 Introduction to Electronics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSR 300D1 Intro to Music Recording 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSR 300D2 Intro to Music Recording 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MUSR 339 Intro to Electroacoustics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 224 Physics of Music 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Complementary Prerequisite Music Technology Courses (6 credits)

Select one of following two courses:

MUMT 203 Introduction to Digital Audio 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

<<OR>>

MUMT 202 Fundamentals of New Media 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

*Note: Students who lack any previous training in sound recording should take MUMT 202 in lieu of MUMT 203

And select one of the following courses:

MUMT 302 New Media Production 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

<<OR>>

MUPD 204 Production for Digital Media 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

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