The Royal Conservatory The Glenn Gould School


Applying for Admission to The Glenn Gould School

Key Dates

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now being accepted.


Application deadline: Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Application and Contact Information

All prospective applicants must prepare the following items:

  • Pre-screening recording with three contrasting works (required for clarinet, piano, violin, and voice only). Current Taylor Academy and GGS undergraduate students are exempt
  • High school transcript (all applicants must provide transcripts)
  • Post-secondary transcript(s)*
  • Two recommendation letters (references must upload letters directly to your application as prompted)
  • Current repertoire list
  • Audition repertoire list
  • Musical Resume/CV
  • English Language Proficiency (International non-English speaking applicants only)

*Students wishing to transfer credits to The Glenn Gould School must submit transcripts from the post-secondary schools they have attended along with a catalogue of course outlines. Only courses with a grade of 70 percent or better will be considered for transfer. Not all courses are available for transfer credit.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Saturday, December 1, 2018

For questions regarding the application process, please contact:

Whitney Mather, Admissions & Student Services Manager
The Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School
Phone: 416.408.2824 x204
Toll Free: 1.800.462.3815
[email protected]


Scholarship Support

The GGS is able to offer EVERY student substantial scholarship support for the duration of their program.

More specifically, HALF of GGS students receive full tuition scholarships, and the other half, both Domestic and International, typically receive tuition scholarships between 65-85%.

Tuition fees at The Glenn Gould School are established by the Royal Conservatory of Music and are subject to change at any time. The two components of the annual fees are: Academic (including instruction), and Ancillary Fees (including Library, Health Service, and Student Organizations).

Compulsory fees for registration consists of academic, and ancillary fees. Academic fees vary depending on program of study. All students are charged a program fee for the number of years of study. Students in the Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours) program are charged a program fee for four (4) years. Students in the Artist Diploma Program are charged a program fee for two (2) years.

A program fee is a set fee for the fall-winter academic session regardless of a student’s course load.


Fee Level Commitment

The Glenn Gould School has a policy that students will be told in advance what the maximum fee increases will be as they continue through their programs, for the normal length of a full-time program of study - two (2) to four (4) year. Entering students will not see their fees rise by more than 5% per year. Students who exceed the normal length of their program will be charged the same tuition as students in the final year of that program.


2018-19 Program Fees

Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours) Piano, Orchestral Instruments $30,000
  Voice $32,000
Artist Diploma Program All disciplines $27,317
Ancillary Fees All programs $425
  Artist Diploma Program Vocal Coaching Fee $1,856
Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency All disciplines Fully funded, with $6,000 living stipend




English Language Proficiency

The language of instruction at The Glenn Gould School is English; a strong command of English is necessary for success in our programs. For this reason, proof of adequate English language proficiency is required before a candidate can be admitted. Only original copies of test results sent directly to the Admissions & Student Services Manager will be accepted.

Please note that an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) is not adequate proof of proficiency for non-native English speakers. In order to be exempt from providing proof of proficiency, applicants whose first language is not English must have successfully completed a minimum of four years in an English language school in a country where the dominant language is English and have finished Grade 12 English (ENG4U/EAE4U in Ontario) or the equivalent. These four years of schooling must immediately precede attending The Glenn Gould School.

Program Test Minimum Score
Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours), Artist Diploma (Voice only) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 80 iBT / 550 Paper / 213 Computer
Artist Diploma (Orchestral Instruments and Piano) TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 61 iBT / 500 Paper / 173 Computer
Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours),  Artist Diploma (Voice only) IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.0 with no bands below 5.5
Artist Diploma (Orchestral Instruments and Piano) IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 5.0 with all bands at or above 5.0
Bachelor of Music, Performance (Honours),  Artist Diploma (Voice only) MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 77
Artist Diploma (Orchestral Instruments and Piano) MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 69

International applicants are strongly encouraged to book their test immediately after deciding to apply to The Glenn Gould School because test frequency and availability vary depending on country and region. Nonnative English speakers must request to have an official TOEFL score sent directly to the school no later than March 1.

International Students

Audition Letters

Applicants who need a letter of invitation from the school in order to attend live auditions in Canada must inform the Admissions and Student Services Manager when submitting an application.

Student Study Permits

The Glenn Gould School has a diverse student body and welcomes new international students every year. Due to the amount of time that it takes to process and deliver the paperwork necessary to obtain a study permit to enter Canada, we strongly recommend that all international candidates audition in February. We cannot guarantee that candidates who audition after February will receive their paperwork in enough time to apply for and receive a study permit for September.

Health Insurance

International students are required to have health insurance and are responsible for ensuring that they receive adequate coverage and must pay all related costs. Students may obtain coverage from the insurance company of their choice.