Master’s Degree Programs

Music Performance – Voice (MMus)

Music performance builds community, develops empathy, enables understanding, and facilitates expression.

In this program, you will learn about vocal music at an advanced level. Singers primarily study vocal music from the Classical repertoire (Western art music from the last 500 years), as well as contemporary music. The MMus in Voice Performance offers singers two more years 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 rigorous program of repertoire and technical study prepares graduates for employment or further study with a solid basis of musical knowledge.

The Master of Music in Voice Performance can be a stepping stone for musicians interested in a university career. Typically, a MMus leads into a doctoral program, which allows graduates to be eligible for university teaching positions. A MMus also affords students the time to develop their performing skills, which may lead to a career in vocal performance.

Quick Facts

Program: Master of Music (MMus) in Performance (Voice)
Length: 2 years
Offered Through: University of Regina
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Why Study Music at the University of Regina?

Master of Music students in Performance (Voice) get to study contemporary music! They are regularly exposed to repertoire and technique from the 20th and 21st centuries. This is unusual in university voice programs.

Eligible students can take the Opera Workshop course, which includes a live performance, usually of well-known opera scenes.

We have a small faculty and student cohort, which allows for intensive, one-on-one study and performance preparation.

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 (vocal or instrumental) perform an in-person audition arranged through the department head.

Voice applicants must demonstrate acceptable singing ability in French, Italian, and German, as well as English. The audition should demonstrate a full and representative program, of approximately 60 minutes in length. Contact the Voice professor for more information.

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 Voice Performance will need to hire a pianist to perform with them in the two required recitals.
What are some of the courses that Master of Music students take?

MU 861 Opera Workshop

Preparation and performance of principal roles from opera and musical theatre literature in departmental productions. Students must possess a voice suitable to the operatic repertoire and have achieved an advanced level of vocal technique.

MU 860 Applied Diction for Singing

In this course, the International Phonetic Alphabet is studied, with direct application to the singing repertoire for voice and choir. The course also covers the specific vocal pedagogy associated with its successful application.

MU 805 Music of the Baroque

Selected topics in the history of baroque music.

MU 881 Chamber Music Ensemble I

Coaching in performance problems and interpretation of selected works from the chamber literature that includes the student's instrument.

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.

Can I study abroad?

Yes! Study abroad offers a wider range of experiential learning for students. For musicians, study abroad offers an opportunity to learn more about the music and peoples of other countries.

Mitacs Globalink is a student mobility and research funding program in Canada with many options for travel for graduate students for the purpose of conducting research. Some programs are open to all countries and applications are accepted throughout the year, while other programs are limited to partner countries and are call-based.

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 productions including the Opera Workshop
  • 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. Others have competed in national music competitions. Some have found employment at Briercrest College in Caronport, SK. The jobs that graduates go on to include:

  • University professor
  • University instructor
  • Professional performing artist
  • Opera singer
  • Choral singer
  • Recital performer
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