Engineering Music Performance Minor

The Engineering Music Performance Minor was designed for U of T Engineering undergraduates interested in exploring creativity in performance with music technology. Through a partnership with the Faculty of Music, the Faculty is able to provide engineering students with access to a performance-based program, including courses typically only offered to music students.

There are courses within this minor that are only eligible as Free Electives (FE), Extra Courses (EXT), or Complementary Studies (CS) requirements beyond the 1.0 credits required for an undergraduate degree in U of T Engineering. Thus, students who wish to pursue this minor must be prepared to take on coursework above and beyond their degree requirements. Students may submit requests to their home departments to take ECE 446 and/or technical courses from the Faculty of Music as Technical Elective Substitutions (TES) for their degree programs.

This minor is open to any student completing an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

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Enrolment in the minor is conditional on a student's acceptance into the minor's core course: PMU 299Y (PDF).

Acceptance in PMU 299Y (Applied Music Lessons) is based on both auditions and the availability of suitable instructors from the Faculty of Music. Auditions will be adjudicated by one faculty member from the Faculty of Music and one other instrument specialist.

Placement may become competitive if the demand for the minor exceeds the maximum number of placements that are available. The minimum playing level required is RCM Gr. 8, plus a background in theory and rudiments (Level 8 Theory, Rudiments II or equivalent).

Additional information about course schedules and enrolment details will be available in June.

Audition Request

Students must audition either in-person or through a pre-recorded audition video.

Option 1: In-Person Auditions

Available on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 30, from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 1, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Option 2: Pre-Recorded Audition Video

The pre-recorded audition video must be submitted by Monday, May 1. The link to submit the video will be provided in late April. Please check back soon.

Audition Repertoire:

  • Solo Instrumental Applied – Classical
  • Two contrasting (era, style) solo works (or movements) at Gr. VIII RCM level or above

To request an audition, complete the MS form by April 15, 2024. When submitting the form, please include the following information:

  • Instrument and style
  • Your choice: a) In-person audition OR b) pre-recorded video
  • Indicate if you have completed RCM Advanced Rudiments (formerly called Grade II Rudiments) or equivalent (NOTE: This is not required at the time of audition, but will be required 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.

Please note that the Chamber Music options will not be offered until further notice.  All applied lessons in classical or jazz will be individual instruction.

Applied Lesson Instructors

Instructors for the applied solo instrumental lessons will be qualified Doctor of Musical Arts students selected through an application and audition process. The PMU 299Y applied lesson component of the U of T Engineering Minor will be supervised by Professor Midori Koga.


The requirements for a Music Performance Minor in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering are the successful completion of the following courses:

1. PMU299Y1Y: Applied Performance (CS) 1.0 credit weight

2. TMU130H1F: Music Theory I (CS) 0.5 credit weight

3. ECE446H1F: Sensory Communication (TE/TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight

4. Two other electives (1.0 FCE) from the list of designated courses or departmental thesis and design courses subject to the following constraints:
a. At least one elective (0.5 FCE) must come from the Technical (T) category.
b. A thesis or design course can count for up to two (half-year) courses towards the two elective courses if the course is strongly related to music. This requires approval by the Minor Director.
c. The courses listed below may be considered eligible electives for students taking the Music Minor, subject to the student meeting any prerequisite requirements. Students must also seek the approval of their home program to ensure that they meet their degree requirements. In situations where these courses do not meet those of their home program, students can elect to take these courses as extra courses (EXT).

  • TMU111H1: Introduction to Computer Applications in Music (FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category
  • TMU319H1: Electroacoustic Music I (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category (Not offered for 2023-2024)
  • TMU320H1: Electroacoustic Music II (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category
  • TMU313H1: Introduction to Music Recording (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category
  • TMU330H1: Live Coding: Digital Audio in Real Time (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category (Not offered for 2023-2024)
  • TMU406H1: Max/MSP (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category
  • Music Related Thesis or Capstone (TE) 0.5 or 1.0 credit weight, T category
  • HMU111H1: Introduction to Music & Society (HSS) 0.5 credit weight
  • TMU131H1: Music Theory II (CS) 0.5 credit weight
  • Any cultural or historical MUS course (excluding vocal and instrumental performance courses)

Note for electives: The Faculty of Music updates the list of MUS courses offered each year. A final list of MUS electives eligible for each upcoming year will be posted on the Minors website in June of that year.