The Royal Conservatory The Glenn Gould School

Performance Diploma Program

The Performance Diploma Program (PDP) is a four-year post-secondary program structured to help students master their instruments while at the same time acquiring the theory, ear training, history, and performance skills required to develop compelling interpretations. Participants receive extensive performance opportunities as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestra members. The PDP requires that students have completed a high school diploma or equivalent, and the program is offered in piano, orchestral instruments, and voice.

Applicants who wish to qualify for a bachelor of music (performance) degree can do so through our relationship with Thompson Rivers University, which offers the extra academic credits that students need via distance learning arrangements. These credits are accepted at Canadian and US universities and conservatories. Graduates of the PDP have pursued graduate studies at institutions such as Yale University, The Juilliard School, Colburn School Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody Institute, USC Thornton School of Music, Royal Academy of Music, McGill University, Indiana University School of Music, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Bachelor of Music

Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL), and The Royal Conservatory's Glenn Gould School have developed an Articulation Agreement that enables graduates of the PDP to transfer a block of credits toward the TRU-OL Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree.

The TRU-OL degree requires 120 credits to graduate. Under the Articulation Agreement, graduates of the PDP may transfer 70 credits (35 lower level and 35 upper level) to meet the studio requirements of the TRU-OL degree. PDP graduates may also transfer up to 29 credits of history and theory of music on a course-by-course basis. The additional 21 credits required for the completion of the TRU-OL Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree are general education requirements (English: 6 credits; Humanities: 6 credits; Natural Science or Math: 3 credits; and Social Science: 6 credits). These credits can be taken through TRU-OL (including through its Open Learning Division) or through course articulations approved by TRU-OL (subject to students meeting the TRU-OL minimum residency requirement, which is currently 6 credits).

This degree opportunity is available only to students who have graduated with a diploma from the Glenn Gould School-PDP, which was implemented beginning in 1997. All programs and courses are subject to change or cancellation based on insufficient enrollment.

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