The Master of Music (MMus) encourages an understanding of the creative practices of music performance and composition as rich sites for artistic expression.

While developing expertise in the practice of music, you have the opportunity to expand your critical thinking, writing, and research skills.

Our award-winning faculty will mentor you as you step into the professional world or prepare for studies at the doctoral level. A two-year residency is the norm.

The Master of Music in performance and composition is offered to applicants who have achieved necessary levels of attainment and productivity at the undergraduate level and give reasonable promise of further significant accomplishment.

The MMus is often a final academic step for musicians who wish to enter the professional world, although it may prove an intermediate step for those wishing to prepare for university teaching.


We offer excellent training for graduate assistant conductors with ample podium time in front of outstanding ensembles. Our Master of Music in Conducting has emphases in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting.
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As a graduate student in composition, you will have occasions to hear your work in regularly scheduled concerts as well as in your degree recitals.
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The Master of Music in Guitar provides you with a focused and intense study in technique, performance, ethnomusicology, and history.
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Piano, harpsichord and organ students at UBC can expect enriching experiences in chamber music, large ensembles, contemporary and early music ensembles, piano pedagogy and literature.
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The Master of Music in Opera offers you a focused and enriching experiences in contemporary and classical productions, theatre workshops, and study in history, pedagogy, literature, and more.
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Orchestral Instrument Performance

The Master of Music in Orchestral Instrument Performance provides focused study and practice where you achieve technical and musical competence in performance at a professional level.
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The Master of Music in Organ is designed to introduce you to independent research at the graduate level building on your skills and knowledge acquired during your undergraduate study.
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The Master of Music in Piano introduces you to independent research at the graduate level building on your skills and knowledge acquired during your undergraduate study.
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In the MMus in Voice Performance you’ll experience an intensive study in contemporary and classical repertoire, song interpretation, pedagogy, and literature.
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UBC Music gave me an incredible foundation in my music education. I learned skills in classrooms and onstage that I still use in my career. Through the program, I was able to develop practical skills and important professional relationships. I have maintained many friendships to this day. The UBC Music program gave me the training and rigour I needed to achieve what I wanted in work and in life.

Spencer Britten
Pronouns (he/her) BMus ‘15 (Opera), MMus ‘17 (Opera)