Student Testimonials


Find out what our students think about Graduate Studies in Music at Western. Click on the links below to learn more about each graduate student, including a video testimonial.

April MorrisApril Morris, PhD (Musicology)

My time at Western has definitely prepared me for where I want to go with my career. I would really love to have a career in academia, working at a university.

Andrew NoseworthyAndrew Noseworthy, PhD Candidate (Composition)

The graduate students in composition get quite a few opportunities and quite a few chances to have their music read and performed by professionals.

Adam RoyAdam Roy, PhD (Music Theory)

If you are looking for opportunities to form leadership roles, this is a great place to do it. There is just the right amount of people and just the right amount of opportunities to give you a leg up, and put you on a path of success.

Diana WuDiana Wu, PhD Candidate (Musicology)

“The department has been really wonderfully supportive for somebody coming from out of town, and a completely different country. I’ve never been to Ontario before - I didn’t know anyone in Ontario before I came here - so being able to build a community here has been really important and really wonderful.”

chad louwerseChad Louwerse - DMA, Voice

“The course work has been interesting and challenging and the faculty members I’ve taken courses with have been knowledgeable and fun to work with. They create a really positive learning environment.”

ben leibovitzBen Leibovitz - MA Music Theory

“Although we’re one of the smallest programs at Western, there are a lot of talented people doing very impressive things here.”

aldwyn hoggAldwyn Hogg - MA Musicology

“I find the diversity of the faculty to be a great help and inspiration. I’ve been exposed to a plethora of methodologies, and ways of thinking about music, that I’ve been slowly able to coalesce and use to shape my own work.”

colin mcmahon Colin McMahon - MMus Composition

“Come visit the program and meet the faculty. I think anyone will find a sense of community and vibrancy. I knew within minutes of being here that this is where I wanted to be.”

alison butlerAlison Butler - PhD, Music Education

“The people, both faculty and students, create a fantastic environment that is both supportive and challenging.”