The Marianopolis Music program is a two-year, pre-university program that allows you to continue mastering your craft and performing, plus you receive the professional training that will help you get the university experience and the professional career of your dreams.

At Marianopolis you can also choose one of three Double DEC programs that allow students to graduate with a DEC in Music and a DEC in Science, Social Science or Arts, Literature and Communication in three years and keep their options open.

Our Music and Double DEC programs are unique in Quebec thanks to our partnership with the prestigious Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

Read more information about the Music and Music Double DECs program presented during our Virtual Open House.


Thanks to a unique partnership of over half a century between Marianopolis and the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, you benefit from personal instruction by Marianopolis and McGill Music professors in Classical or Jazz streams.

You also get the opportunity to play in the McGill choir, orchestra and jazz ensembles. Only at Marianopolis can you study at McGill as a college student.

Another reason to choose Music at Marianopolis is the size of our program. As a Music student at Marianopolis you are part of an intimate and supportive group of a few dozen students. You also get individualized attention from the professional musicians who are your teachers and coaches and whose main goal is to prepare you for a career in various music-related fields, from performance and recording to management, composition and more. And you are at a college that supports music in every way and gives you many opportunities to perform in formal and informal settings. We provide transportation to and from your McGill Schulich ensembles and courses and our campus.

As a Music or Music Double DEC student you can audition for either the Jazz or the Classical stream. Whatever you choose, at Marianopolis you study Ear Training, Theory, Music Literature and Music Technology and you also participate in sight-reading labs and small ensembles. At McGill you take private lessons with Schulich professors and have the opportunity to audition for the university’s highly regarded orchestra, choirs, wind symphony and other ensembles.

Another wonderful thing about Marianopolis is our wide range of opportunities to practice your main instrument of study. For classical musicians, a weekly one-hour lab, held in small groups separated by instrument family, complements a weekly hour of private instruction. This lab builds your sight-reading skills and deepens your knowledge of your primary instrument. You also have regular practice with or as an accompanist. Instead of labs, jazz students participate in jazz combos and take the Jazz Materials class, where they learn about jazz theory and improvisation.

You also have access to professional-quality recording facilities, including our integrated recording studio/music technology classroom and portable recording rig for use in our Auditorium and elsewhere. We have the latest Pro Tools and Digidesign software for mixing and editing audio, as well as Auralia for ear training and Finale for score writing and editing. Our recording facilities are fully digital and include top-notch equipment from Mackie, Furman, Klein+Hummel, Whirlwind, DBX, Neumann, AKG and Sennheiser.

Our Music Technology course covers important topics beyond sound recording; it includes sampling theory, sound synthesis, MIDI, acoustics and more. Whether you are interested in creative mixing, making in-studio audition demos or recording live recitals, Marianopolis has the tools you need.


You can also participate in a certificate in Environmental Studies, Gender and Sex/uality Studies, Law and Social Justice, Indigenous Studies or Third World Studies.

“The double DEC program was such a gratifying experience! It allowed me to study science while pursuing my passion for music. I had the opportunity to study with a private teacher from McGill University's Schulich School of Music, the chance to perform in recitals and to acquire skills in music technology and stage management among others. The extra year game me more time to plan my future studies and to get more involved in student life.”

Jiayin Huang ’18, Science and Music


A DEC in Music opens up all arts-based university programs, especially those leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Music or in a music-related program. As a Marianopolis Music student you have many options open. Our graduates enter the world’s most prestigious Music faculties and have such diverse jobs as:

  • Theatre
  • Composer
  • Concert soloist
  • Educator
  • Jazz musician
  • Music critic
  • Music Historian
  • Music technology researcher
  • Music therapist
  • Opera Singer
  • Orchestral performer
  • Producer
  • Radio host
  • Sound recording engineer

Double DECs increase your university and career choices. In addition to the Music-based careers our Double DEC graduates have studied:

  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Literature
  • Fine Arts
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology