The UBC School of Music graduate programs offer an intensive, diverse and collaborative environment for excellence in performance, composition, conducting, and scholarship.
The Master of Music (MMus) and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) offer programs in performance and composition. The MMus also offers a program in conducting with emphases in choral, orchestral, and wind instruments. The Master of Arts (MA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Music are offered with emphases in music theory, historical musicology, and ethnomusicology.
Graduates of our program are renowned performers, composers, scholars, educators and successful professionals in the music industry. Graduates are qualified to teach music at the college and university level.
Master of Arts in Music
The Master of Arts in Music, offered in the fields of ethnomusicology, historical musicology, and music theory, is designed to acquaint you with methods of scholarly research.
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Master of Music
The Master of Music in performance and composition admits those who have achieved necessary levels of attainment and productivity at the undergraduate level, and who have promise of further accomplishment.
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PhD in Music
The PhD in Music admits superior candidates for scholarly studies in musicology — historical or ethnographic studies and theoretical studies.
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Doctor of Musical Arts
The Doctor of Musical Arts is designed for performers and composers who have already reached a high level of proficiency and artistry in their fields and may wish to teach at the university level.
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The UBC School of Music gave me the tools, resources and freedom to explore my own musicianship, develop a skill set that was unique to me, and encourage a broad range of passions, all while providing a robust and relevant education. I have not come across another post-secondary music program with the same dedication to its students and their growth as UBC. I am thankful for my years spent there.
BMus ‘17 (Percussion Performance), MMus ‘19 (Orchestral Conducting)
Armand Birk selected as Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood Music Centre Copy
Armand will also have an opportunity to conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra as part of this fellowship.
UBC Alum Monica Chen appointed as Assistant Conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Monica Chen studied Orchestral Conducting with Professor Jonathan Girard.
UBC DMA student Caroline Olsen newest member of Kamloops Symphony Orchestra.
Caroline Olsen is currently studying viola with Assistant Professor Marina Thibeault.
Explore the diverse and dynamic performance training opportunities available to all UBC students in the student ensembles.
Areas of study
Explore our nine areas of study, where students receive first-class comprehensive training in performance, musicianship, history, theory, and all other relevant subjects.
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Our faculty members are award-winning composers, musicians and instructors with a passion for teaching.