Oct 26, 2021  
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022 
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022

The Degree of MMus with a specialization in Choral Conducting (Music) [Graduate]

The Department of Music offers one of the few active graduate programs in choral conducting in Canada. The program emphasizes practical experience in conducting and rehearsal technique, knowledge of repertoire, and development of research skills. The Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers provide opportunities to participate both as a singer and as a choral assistant.

Program Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of ★24 in graduate-level course work. Completion of a thesis-equivalent is also required.


  • MUSIC 630  (★6)- Choral Conducting
  • MUSIC 633  (★3)- Seminar in Choral Literature I
  • MUSIC 634  (★3)- Seminar in Choral Literature II
  • MUSIC 638  (★3)- Choral Conducting
  • MUSIC 640  (★3)- Choral Ensemble
  • Two ★3 graduate-level options.
    • At the discretion of the supervisor, students who have not taken a bibliography and research methods course (or equivalent) will be required to take MUSIC 505 . The fulfillment of this requirement will count as one of the approved options.
  • At the discretion of the supervisor, further coursework may be required.


  • Registration in 900-level THES. A juried recital will be considered the equivalent of the thesis.
  • For program completion and convocation, there is no requirement to submit the thesis-equivalent to FGSR.

Language Requirements

All MMus Choral Conducting students are required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of French or German, or another language other than English, appropriate to the area of research and approved by the student's supervisor. This requirement will normally be completed before the essay is undertaken. Coursework undertaken to satisfy this requirement will not be credited toward the program.

Residence Requirements

The minimum period of residence for the MMus degree is two consecutive four-month terms of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program

The time required to complete the program will vary according to the previous training of the applicant and the nature of the research undertaken; however, a minimum of two years is normally required.

The maximum time to complete the MMus program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.