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Applied Performance Sciences

The Applied Performance Sciences Hub is a cross-departmental initiative based in the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, the first of its kind in the Americas!​ ​ At the Applied Performance Sciences Hub (APS Hub) we are dedicated to helping musicians unlock their full potential. Our transdisciplinary approach provides a unique setting where music makers, performers and leaders can explore the latest research and solutions in performance science. Our team of expert educators, performers and researchers from diverse backgrounds to tailor our initiatives in response to individual and/or organizational needs. ​ ​ Informed by performance science research, we are focused on enabling transformative change by building individual and institutional capability to equip the current and next generation of musicians with the range of skills, tools and strategies required to sustain a successful, meaningful, and healthy career in a constantly evolving landscape.

Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory

The Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL) was established in March 2005. The IDMIL is affiliated with the Music Technology Area of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The laboratory deals with projects related to the topic of human-computer interaction, the design of musical instruments and interfaces for musical expression, movement data collection and analysis, sensor development, and gestural control.

The IDMIL is directed by Prof. Marcelo M. Wanderley, and is funded through grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Fonds Quebecois de Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Quebec’s Ministry of Economic Development and McGill University.

The IDMIL is associated with the Sound Processing and Control Laboratory on various projects related to gestural control of sound synthesis and mapping strategies for music performance. It is also affiliated with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), a multi-disciplinary research group centred at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.


The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research group, and a strategic cluster of the Fond de recherche-Société et culture (FRQSC) and Fond de recherche-Nature et technologies (FRQNT) that aims to provide a cutting-edge environment for integrated studies of music, acoustics, cognitive science, engineering, digital media and performance sciences. As the foremost centre in Canada for research in the science and technology of music and sound, CIRMMT develops new possibilities for scientific research, as well as creation, performance and dissemination of music with a major artistic, social and economic impact.

Housed at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, CIRMMT unites researchers and their students from four partner institutions—McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke, and École de technologie supérieure—as well as members from five affiliated institutions: Concordia University, UQÀM, Laval University, INRS and Marianopolis College. The CIRMMT community also comprises administrative and technical staff, research associates, visiting scholars, musicians, and industrial associates.

Research within CIRMMT’s community spans a wide range of topics including how music is created, performed, recorded, transmitted, and received. It also encompasses the ways in which music and sound interact with vision and haptics. CIRMMT is unique in that it does not define or impose a specific program on its members and collaborators. Rather, CIRMMT’s role is to foster interdisciplinary research that emerges from its community.


By providing high-level, cross-disciplinary training and funding opportunities to more than 200 students and postdoctoral fellows, CIRMMT enables them to participate in interdisciplinary research co-supervised by members across domains, thereby ensuring the development of the next generation of highly qualified personnel (HQP). CIRMMT and its members are renowned worldwide for their broad range of interdisciplinary work, contributing numerous publications to the most important international journals. The Centre also sets the standard for collaborations that bridge the gap between science and art. With creations and performances using new technologies, CIRMMT plays a significant role in Québec's cultural scene, while CIRMMT's research on music technology, as exemplified by its impressive research output, is unparalleled in Canada. For its distinctive collaborative milieu and world-class facilities, CIRMMT occupies a unique position on the international stage having developed intense research partnerships with other academic and research institutions, as well as diverse industry partners throughout the world.


Bassoonist & Researcher

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