About

Do you dream of being a composer, music educator, vocalist or instrumentalist? A world of music awaits you at York’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD). Unleash your aural imagination, versatility and innovation at AMPD’s Department of Music. Explore your creativity with a personalized curriculum, where you can compose, perform, experiment and research across many musical culture and traditions.

Immerse yourself, experiment and hone your technique using 44 individualized practice studios. With more than 100 public concerts each year, you’ll have many opportunities to step into the spotlight and share your music using AMPD’s professional facilities for performance. Join us now to jump-start a career centred on your passions and designed for success in today’s diverse industry.

YOUR COMMUNITY

More than 500 students a year embrace AMPD’s innovative approach to music education. Your AMPD community also includes many practising faculty artists and internationally renowned alumni, from Dan Kanter, guitarist and musical director for Justin Bieber, to jazz saxophonist Mike Murley and singer/songwriter and recording artist Matt Dusk.

YOUR CHOICE

At AMPD Music, you can create your own program that integrates academic studies and studio training across a wide range of musical genres, traditions and settings. Incorporate theory, musicianship, composition and arranging, music history, improvisation, digital music and ethnomusicology, and then apply your uniquely personal approach across the arts in composition and sound design courses available to York students of film, digital media, dance and theatre.

YOUR CONNECTIONS

This is your opportunity to hone your technique in small ensembles, clinics and master classes led by internationally renowned artists, and advance your training and performance skills with the York U Symphony Orchestra, Gospel Choir, Jazz Orchestra and Choirs, Wind Symphony, World Music Chorus, Chamber and Concert Choirs. And with more than 100 public concerts in our annual season of events, you’ll have many opportunities to step into the spotlight and share your music.

This is your time and this is the place to transform that dream into new expressions, new thinking and new paths to success after graduation.

Define your creative future now with AMPD Music.