Areas of Study


What is music? 

How do we create it?  How is it structured and perceived?  How do we learn it and teach it to others?  How do we understand its roles in human experience, in society and culture, in historical, contemporary, and global contexts? 

These are the kinds of questions we address at the university level as we study music in ways that complement and enhance the experience of making music together in performance. 

Academic Areas for education and training at the undergraduate level and for study and research at the graduate level include:  Composition, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Music Theory, and Music Education, with the recent addition of Music Technology. 

The Faculty of Music also provides courses in music—including classical, popular, jazz and world music, as well as various cross-disciplinary courses—for the University as a whole at both introductory and specialist levels.  A wide range of “Music and …” courses and programs are under development (part of our forward thinking), notably in those areas related to the growth of MaHRC (the Music and Health Research Collaboratory), but also in many other fields in medicine, science, engineering, law, management, and education. 

The University of Toronto is ranked 20th overall among research-intensive universities, 12th worldwide in Arts & Humanities, and 2nd in citations of research publications. It also features one of North America's greatest Music Library collections.

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