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Study Music in the School of the Arts at McMaster University

Study Music in the School of the Arts at McMaster University


My name’s Elise. I am entering my fourth
year of Honours Music, here at McMaster. I came to McMaster because when I auditioned for music I felt it was such a welcoming environment and there’s… there was just something
different about McMaster. And sure enough, through my
three years here so far, that’s exactly the way I felt. The faculty are outstanding. They really care about you individually. The students are amazing. We’re a small program in Music and you just make friends with everybody. We’re one big happy family. After two weeks everybody knows each
other and it’s just… you really feel at home. I love studying what I study here. I’m a voice major. It’s really exciting. It’s exciting to
experience new things about yourself and about your instrument
every day. And, of course, we learn the theoretical part. We learn about music
history and music theory and in first and second year those are required courses but then as you get into upper years you get to pick what you’d like to do with those. And you get to explore areas that interest you. I have a love… I have a passion… I have a
love for singing and I think that’s the most important thing
about music is having passion for it because in terms of the history and theory, you can learn that, that’s something that without that passion you will learn. But that ability to express music from the
heart is something that makes music diverse and music very special. I believe in the philosophy that what comes from the heart will go to the heart and music played from the heart expresses that. And that’s what we’re taught here at McMaster. That’s what our faculty teaches us everyday to do and I think that’s so lovely that at the end of four years not only you come out with all this new knowledge that you’ve learned, but you can come out being able to express a language that truly is passionate and truly everybody can understand.

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