The Royal Conservatory The Glenn Gould School

Applying for Admission to The Glenn Gould School

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Key Dates

Oct. 3 to Dec. 15, 2016: Applications for the 2017–2018 academic year will be accepted from Oct. 3, 2016 to Dec. 15, 2016. 2017–18 also marks The Glenn Gould School’s 20th anniversary; join us in making it an even more special occasion!

March 1, 2017: Non-native English speakers must request to have an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score sent directly to the school no later than March 1, 2017.


Application and Contact Information

All prospective applicants must prepare the following items:

  • Pre-screening recording with three contrasting works (required for piano and voice only). Current Taylor Academy and Performance Diploma students are exempt
  • High school transcript (PDP and ADP 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.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact:
Colin Story
Admissions and Student Services Manager
The Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School
Phone: 416.408.2824 x322
Toll Free: 1.800.462.3815
glenngouldschool@rcmusic.ca


Tuition

For information about fees and scholarships at The Glenn Gould School, please contact Colin Story, Admissions and Student Services Manager at 416.408.2824 x322 or email glenngouldschool@rcmusic.ca.


Performance Diploma Program (PDP) Admission Requirements
Disciplines: Piano, Voice, and Orchestral Instruments
Level: Post-secondary (undergraduate)
Program Length: 4 years

High school diploma (SAT scores are not required for U.S. applicants).

Piano applicants are required to provide a pre-screening recording featuring three pieces from the audition repertoire page.

Voice applicants are required to provide a pre-screening recording featuring three pieces—one in Italian, one in English, and one in either German or French—from the audition repertoire page

Applicants require an official English language proficiency score on file that meets the minimum guidelines for admission (non-native English-speaking applicants only).

Transfer credits are awarded for qualifying courses passed with a minimum of a B- (70–73 percent). Contact the Registrar before applying to discuss Transfer Credits and Challenge Exams.

First-Round Application Deadline: December 15, 2016


Artist Diploma Program (ADP) Admission Requirements
Disciplines: Piano, Voice, and Orchestral Instruments
Level: Post-bachelor
Program Length: 2 years

Bachelor’s degree (any discipline) or equivalent music conservatory diploma. ADP candidates are also required to provide secondary school transcripts

Piano applicants are required to provide a pre-screening recording featuring three pieces from the audition repertoire page.

Voice applicants are required to provide a pre-screening recording featuring three pieces: an opera aria, an oratorio aria, and a song from the audition repertoire page.

Applicants require an official English language proficiency score on file that meets the minimum guidelines for admission (non-native English-speaking applicants only).

First-Round Application Deadline: December 15, 2016


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
Performance Diploma (incl. BMus) 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
Performance Diploma (incl. BMus) 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
Performance Diploma (incl. BMus) 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. Proof of insurance must be in place prior to beginning the program.