McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, QC
Canada H3A 2T5

Music Sound Recording

Program Information
Faculty: Schulich School of Music
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Recording Arts Technology/Technician
Description The McGill graduate program in sound recording is the only program in North America to offer both a master's and doctoral degree. It follows the European Tonmeister tradition of training musicians to become sound engineers, which is only possible at institutions like McGill, where plentiful musical activity in a variety of styles meets the needs of a comprehensive sound recording program. The program is highly regarded within the recording industry and attracts top students, who go on to fill important positions in leading recording companies, studios and universities around the world. Faculty, alumni, and students have made considerable contributions to research through national and international presentations, publications and collaborations. Areas of research include the development of new techniques and technologies for multichannel sound, virtual auditory environments, microphone techniques, automated mixing, advanced technical ear training, audiovisual correlation, and Internet music delivery. The Master of Arts in sound recording is a 60-credit program. There is no thesis requirement. Courses of the program include Technical Ear Training, Digital/Analog Audio Editing, Analysis of Recordings, Electronic and Electroacoustic Measurement, and Audio for Video Post-Production.
Website: Music Sound Recording at McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Length: 2 Year(s)
Cost per year:
Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%): 70 to 74
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
A one-half to one hour CD, or CD-R of music recorded by the applicant, together with a technical description of the recording. This description should include the technical set-up, a discussion of the problems encountered, the solutions to these problems, and an evaluation of the results. An outline of the applicant's experience and study in the field of music recording. A written statement of the applicant's career aims and goals.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.
* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: June 30, 2012