Master of Music, Music and Cognition profile (MA)
Master of Music, Music and Cognition profile (MA)

Short duration MA

Understand the psychology behind the way the brain learns music.

How are the different ways we learn influenced by the brain and how does this affect the learning environment? How should teaching be adapted to ensure students with exceptionalities flourish? This program will give you an understanding of a wide variety of diagnoses and learning theories to creatively adapt teaching methodologies and keep your students engaged. Possible career paths include management and development of special music education programs or research in music cognition for special learners.

Learn and work with the experts.

The School of Music at the University of Ottawa is the only school of its kind in Canada to offer a music and cognition program that focuses on special music education. Its partnership with the Lotus Centre for Special Music Education, which provides adapted music education for the special needs community, makes for a complete learning experience combining theory and practice. You can choose to complete a 90-hour practicum and gain experience in special music education classes and camps. Interested? Enrol in the school’s microprogram, an intensive eighteen-hour workshop for which you will be credited if you start the MA program.

Be a part of the network breaking down barriers in music education.

The School of Music and the Lotus Centre have partnered with renowned Canadian music institutions such as the National Arts Centre, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Ottawa Chamberfest to develop music teaching programs that create opportunities. Orchestral musicians are trained to work with students with exceptionalities and develop sensory-friendly music concerts.

Student testimonial

Martine Elodie Kim Yin Ng Cheong Hin

I came into this program with a desire to enhance my knowledge about the mental processes involved when learning music and to hone my understanding of the benefits that music can provide at the micro and macro levels. Not only were my expectations met through this program, but my horizons expanded as I discovered new realms, be it in theory, practice or research.

-Martine Elodie Kim Yin Ng Cheong Hin,
Master of Music, Music and Cognition profile, class of 2021


  • Coursework (12 months)


  • Full- or part-time program
  • In-person and distance courses
  • September or January start
  • Courses taught in English
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