Research Centres & Institutes    MaHRC (Music and Health Research Collaboratory)     ICM (Institute for Canadian Music)                 Affiliations with other UofT Research Units        


At UofT Music Research means...

Thinking & doing, teaching & learning, playing & performing, creating & producing—understanding music & society in new ways...

From the creation of original musical works in classical, opera, jazz, film, and other genres the interpretation of repertoire in performance across many historical periods—from early music, through classical masterworks, to contemporary genres and world music research in music education and public policy in schools, communities, health care and higher-education environments humanities-based research in music education, music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology—on music in its evolving historical and contemporary cultural contexts.

That's Research at UofT Music...

Research outcomes range from original musical works to live-captured performances and digital media objects, from pedagogical innovations to scholarly and educational presentations, published articles and monographs.

We are

sound explorers... sound architects...engineers...animators...therapists...historians...scientists...musicians.


Research Centres and Institutes

UofT Music is home to several research centres and institutes including  CMERC (Canadian Music Education Research Centre), ICM (Institute for Canadian Music), and MaHRC (Music and Health Research Collaboratory).


MaHRC (Music and Health Research Collaboratory)


MaHRC is a synergistic and collaborative group of researchers exploring connections of sound to the human experience of health. Officially established in the Faculty of Music in 2012, MaHRC continues the process of establishing affiliations, appointing members, and activating projects. The focus of MaHRC is on music (sound) and health broadly defined by five overlapping and inter-related spheres: (1) Therapy and Medicine, (2) Body, Brain, Mind, (3) Society and Culture, (4) Music In Human Development, and (5) Science and Health of Performance.


The vision of MaHRC is aligned with the Strategic Research Plan of UofT. In particular, the vision of MaHRC is to (1) Promote: Healthy People, Healthy Communities, and a Healthy World through music, and to (2) Engage: Minds, Culture, and Values around music.

Research Goals

It is the goal of MaHRC to bring together inter-disciplinary teams of researchers to collaborate on questions of fundamental importance to our vision. This requires discussions in colloquia, workshops, etc., to identify the fundamental complex questions and to find ways to move these questions into a research agenda. This takes place within the five key overlapping and inter-related research spheres. The five spheres represent clusters of disciplines or fields of study and specializations. Please see “Overview” to see descriptions of each sphere and a few examples of the type of research goals or questions that emerge within each of the research spheres.


ICM (Institute for Canadian Music)

The ICM at UofT Music is a national leader in promoting, supporting, and producing scholarship in Canadian music studies. ICM was established in 1984 with an endowment from the late Floyd Chalmers to encourage research and study in the field of music in Canada. The endowment also created the Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music, the holder of which acts as director of the institute. The current Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music and ICM director is Dr. Robin Elliott.


Affiliations with other UofT Research Units

UofT Music is affiliated with many research units and programs across the University, including: 

JHI (the Jackman Humanities Institute), Munk School of Global Affairs, CMS (Centre for Medieval Studies), PIMS (Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies), Massey College Book Heritage and Print Culture Collaborative Program, OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), as well as more recent links with the Rotman School of Management, Martin Prosperity Institute, and Mind Brain Behaviour Hive, with the Faculty of Law, Centre for Innovation Law, with the iSchool Faculty of Information, McLuhan Culture and Technology Program, and through MaHRC with the Faculty of Medicine and  UHN (University Health Network), the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, CPIN (Collaborative Program in Neuroscience),  and the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development.