PMU299Y: Applied Performance

2018-2019 Pilot Program

During the 2018-2019 academic year, the Faculty will run a pilot program with limited student enrolment for the classical program. The program will be limited to a maximum of eight pianists, four string players (applied solo) and two chamber groups. Students must audition to obtain entrance to the program. During the pilot year, those interested in the chamber ensemble program must apply as a pre-formed group.


Auditions will be adjudicated by one faculty member from the Faculty of Music and one other instrument specialist. During the 2018-2019 pilot year, students may only audition with one of the following instruments: piano, violin, or cello.

20-minute auditions will be held at the Faculty of Music on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 14, after 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15, after 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 28, after 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 29, after 6 p.m.

Audition Repertoire

Option 1: Solo Instrumental Applied – Classical
Two contrasting solo pieces (or movements) at Gr. VIII RCM level or above.

Option 2: Chamber Ensemble – Classical (for 2018-19, must be pre-formed group)
One movement of a chamber work.

Audition Request

Email Sharon Brown at by 4 p.m., March 9 with the following information:

  • Your first and last name.
  • Instrument (piano, violin or cello only for 2018-19).
  • Availability on audition dates.
  • Repertoire to be performed at the audition.
  • Indicate if you have completed RCM Advanced Rudiments (formerly called Grade II Rudiments) or equivalent (not required at time of audition, but before course enrolment).

Calendar Course Description

Individual and small group instruction in either solo instrumental or chamber music settings. Classical music or jazz. Auditions required.

Applied Lesson and Chamber Music Instructors

Instructors for the applied solo instrumental and chamber ensemble lessons will be qualified Doctor of Musical Arts students selected through an application and audition process. The performance component of the U of T Engineering Minor will be supervised by Professor Midori Koga, current Associate Dean, Graduate Education and other instrumental faculty members.


Outline for Pilot Program

Option 1: Solo Instrumental Applied – Classical:

  • Placement audition required.
  • Limited space during pilot year (max. of eight pianists maximum and four violinists/cellists)
  • Two terms – Fall and Winter.
  • Course schedule for each term: 45-minute private lessons during weeks 1, 2, 3 – 5, 6, 7 – 9, 10, 11.
  • Two-hour master-classes during weeks 4, 8 and 12.
  • Performance project at the end of the Winter Term – Engineering Showcase Concert.
  • 15-minute performance jury at the end of the Winter Term.

Option 2: Chamber Ensemble – Classical:

  • Pre-formed ensembles only during pilot year.
  • Placement audition required. All members of the group must be willing to register for the U of T Engineering Minor in Music Performance.
  • Limited space during pilot year: two classical chamber groups (string quartet, piano trio).
  • Two terms – Fall and Winter.
  • Course Schedule for each Term: five hours of chamber coaching in weeks 1, 2, 3 – 5, 6, 7 – 9, 10, 11.
  • Two-hour master-classes in weeks 4, 8, and 12.
  • Performance project at the end of the Winter Term – Engineering Showcase Concert.
  • 15-minute performance jury at the end of the Winter Term. 


  • RCM Grade VIII or equivalent.
  • RCM Advanced Rudiments (formerly known as Grade II Rudiments) or equivalent.

Grading Rubric

60% of the final grade will be assigned by the instructor:

  • Attendance.
  • Weekly preparation for lessons, chamber coachings and masterclasses.
  • Amount of repertoire learned.
  • Progress and improvement.
  • Completion of performance project (performance at Engineering Showcase Concert held at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, or other approved venue).
  • Faculty of Music non-performance grading rubric for applied lessons.

20% of final grade concert attendance:

  • Attendance at eight concerts throughout the year.
  • Free concert options: Thursday Noon Series or Faculty of Music student concerts.
  • 100-word written summaries and programs submitted to the instructor within two weeks of each concert date.

20% of final grade will be determined by performance jury (15-minute exam):

  • Jury will be adjudicated by the primary instructor and one other adjudicator.
  • Adjudicators will provide comments to accompany the grade.
  • Faculty of music non-performance grading rubric for performance juries.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Develop practice strategies for learning and preparing musical compositions for lessons, rehearsals and performances.
  • Perform musical compositions with appropriate technical efficiency and ease.
  • Perform musical compositions with attention to detail and a high level of artistic polish (dynamics, phrasing, articulation, balance and voicing, tone quality, intonation, stylistic understanding etc.).
  • As soloists, be able to comment constructively and knowledgeably about colleague’s performances in master-classes.
  • As members of a chamber ensemble or combo, be able to communicate constructively and knowledgeably in a rehearsal setting.