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Music Performance – Orchestral and Keyboard Instruments (MMus)

Pursue your perfect performance.

The Master of Music in Performance (orchestral and keyboard instruments) is an opportunity for students to pursue intensive one-on-one study under the mentorship of experienced scholars and performers.

In this program, you will deepen and develop your breadth of knowledge (repertoire, pedagogy) and applied skills (virtuosity, technique, and performance practice).

The Master of Music in Performance provides the necessary training for musicians to move into professional work in artistic and academic contexts. In this program, instrumentalists study music from the Classical repertoire—Western art music from the last 500 years. The master’s degree offers performers the opportunity to hone their technical skills, to learn and perform more difficult repertoire, and to prepare for a career in performance and advanced education (or a combination of teaching and performing).

This graduate program in music is inherently experiential: the experience of pursuing mastery of an instrument, as well as the experience of sharing music through performance, is embedded in the program.

Quick Facts

Master of Music (MMus) in Performance (Orchestral instruments)

Master of Music (MMus) in Performance (Keyboard instruments)
Program: Music Performance – Orchestral and Keyboard Instruments
Length: 2 years
Offered Through: University of Regina
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Why Study Music at the University of Regina?

Our teacher-student ratio is 1:1, which allows us to create a personalized education experience.

In addition, students are empowered to contribute to a vibrant musical ecosystem in their communities as well-rounded artists.

Music Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entrance requirements?

Students entering the Master of Music program must hold a music degree comparable to the Bachelor of Music offered by the University of Regina. Bachelor of Music Education graduates accepted to the Master of Music program are normally required to complete additional undergraduate music courses, and to do so by the end of the first semester of graduate study.

All applicants are required to:

  • submit a Letter of Intent
  • complete a theory placement exam
  • submit a writing sample (a recent, upper-level English essay, minimum 1500 words)

Applicants for the Master of Music in Performance (instrumental or vocal) perform an in-person audition arranged through the department head.

Keyboard instruments

MMus applicants in keyboard instruments will be expected to have prepared a full and representative program, of approximately 60 minutes in length. Applicants may contact the piano professor for more information.

Orchestral instruments

MMus applicants in orchestral instruments should prepare a program of at least 45 minutes. The program should include three contrasting styles and periods.

All applicants may be requested to participate in an online video interview with Music faculty members as part of the application process.

For more information about admission requirements, please refer to the graduate calendar.
Are additional costs other than tuition associated with this program?
Some courses have a materials fee but it depends on the course. Master of Music students in Performance may need to hire musicians to perform with them in the two required recitals.
What are some of the courses that Master of Music students take?

MU 813AA-ZZ Directed Studies in Music Literature

Study related to the student’s instrument. Includes repertoire and its stylistic development through a study of selected works.

MU 804 Music of the Renaissance

Selected topics in the history of renaissance music.

MU 811 Analysis of Music Written Since 1900

Emphasis on contemporary music. Detailed study and analysis of selected works in chamber, symphonic, choral and solo literature.

MU 817 Analysis

Techniques of analysis covering a variety of approaches and musical styles.

MU 841 Orchestration

Writing for various instrumental combinations and dealing with the overall problems of blending and balance.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! Once you have been accepted as a fully-qualified graduate student with no conditions or holds on your admission, then you are eligible to apply for our scholarships, awards, graduate teaching assistant positions, or research assistantships.

All Graduate Funding Opportunities

Visit our Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website to learn about all graduate funding opportunities including:

  • National Scholarships (including Tri Council funding)
  • Awards to Study Abroad
  • FGSR Funding/Special Awards
  • Funding for Indigenous Students
  • Funding for International Students
  • Other Awards and Scholarships
  • External Scholarship Opportunities
  • External Student and Faculty Awards
What clubs, campus events, and networking opportunities can students participate in as part of this program?
  • Music Clubs
  • DRS Doctoral Research Showcase
  • Humanities Research Institute events, seminars and conferences
  • MAP Presentation Series
  • Art for Lunch
  • 5th Parallel Gallery activities
  • Living Skies Student Film Festival
  • Theatre Productions
  • Living Heritage Speaking Series
  • Conferences and symposia on contemporary themes organized by faculty.

What Can You Do With a Music Degree?

Upon successfully completing your Master of Music program, you will be ready for the next step of your career. Some graduates pursue a doctoral program in a related field in order to teach at the university level. The jobs that graduates go on to include:

  • Professional performing artist
  • University professor
  • University instructor
  • Artist educator
  • Arts administrator
  • Media producer
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