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: Doctorate
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 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) requires a minimum of three years of full-time resident study (six full-time terms) beyond a bachelor's degree. A candidate who holds a master's degree in the area of specialization may, on the recommendation of the Department, be permitted to count the work done for the master's degree as the first year of resident study.
Website: Music Sound Recording at McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Length: 3 Year(s)
Cost per year:
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Portfolio
Two recent research papers (on any aspect of sound recording), a 1.5-hour demo (CD, SACD, DVD-Audio) of music recorded by the applicant together with technical descriptions of the recordings (part of the program may be a 5-channel DA88-format tape containing surround recordings). Familiarity with Internet web-based tools and software for desktop audio research and production. A comprehensive statement describing the particular research questions that motivate the candidate to work in this research environment.

* 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