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RECI – A personalized curriculum that gives special meaning to your studies

RECI for Research and creation, at the Community level, including indigenous communities and Internationally

As of fall 2022, first- or second-year Bachelor of Music students at Université de Montréal can embark for the very first time on a unique and innovative curriculum: RECI.

RECI is a plural and personalized curriculum that will introduce you to one-of-a-kind, enriching experiences that put social and topical issues at the center of your studies. The RECI curriculum will heighten your influence in the community and even internationally, and enable you to take one more step towards your success.

At the end of your bachelor’s, you’ll receive a unique certification: the RECI distinction. Your story is written here!

How does it work?

With our guidance, you select experiences that interest you so that you can shape your academic career in your own way. These may consist of a session abroad, a conference, a research internship during the summer, an involvement in a community organization, a social project in a project course, and so on.

Research and creative research: Add to your experiences not only in the scientific or academic community and the private sector, but within public institutions as well. You can take part in research projects and familiarize yourself with the methodologies of your area of training. Possibility of doing a creative project, based on their practice and their instrument, including a social, environmental or other dimension.

Community: Carry out field experiments in different community settings. You will thus get to participate, for short periods, in the activities of a variety of organizations in order to support them in the fulfilment of their mission.

International: Discover other countries, cultures or languages. Here you get to experience different types of mobility (exchange programs, training outside UdeM, research stays, internationalization activities on campus, and so on) or take part in a project in which the international component plays an important role.

What are the criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be in a Faculty of Music bachelor’s or major program (with the intention of bachelor's degree by accumulating certificates), in your first or second year of study.
  • be enrolled fulltime for the entire duration of the program undertaken.
  • maintain a minimum cumulative average of 2.7 / 4.3 at the end of your schooling.

To get the RECI distinction at the end of your undergraduate studies, you must have completed a minimum of 3 different RECI experiences of at least 45 hours each (the equivalent of 1 university credit),* subject to the following rules:

  • Minimum of 1, maximum of 2 non-credit extracurricular RECI experiences.
  • Minimum of 1, maximum of 2 credit RECI experiences.
  • Experiments within two components, minimum.

*The experiences will have to be validated with a responsible person at the university.

What activities are available?

These are the experiential activities that can be done in the framework of the RECI curriculum at the Faculty of Music:

Type of activity 

Research and creative research component

Community component

International component

Credit activity





  • LUMI-dans-les-quartiers (instrumental teaching)

Student exchange (semester abroad)

Non-credit activity


  • To be announced.


  • To be announced.


  • Personal project* in research or research-creation.





  • Personal project* in community.
  • On-campus activity
  • Diverse activities; conference, symposium, workshop, etc.
  • Professional experience
  • Various stays; advanced-training program, summer school, etc.


  • International personal project*.

Please note that for activities, funding grants are available in your second year of the curriculum!

*Personal project: an individual project of the student under one component. Ex: instrument lessons at CHU Ste-Justine, training offered for a group of disadvantaged young people, literary creation, etc. The personal project template is available here (in French).

** The Music Learning Process course (MIN1804) is eligible only if it is not compulsory in your program of study.

Who are the resource people?

  • Head of the RECI curriculum at the Faculty of Music (Jean-Michaël Lavoie): He sees to coordination of the RECI project at the Faculty, and he authorizes your activities and experiences outside the university as well as curriculum validation for each participant.

  • Student success advisor (Cynthia Hétu): She sees to your enrolment in the RECI curriculum and the choice of available activities.

  • Head of internships outside Québec (Francis Perron): He sees to the validation of contracts and exchange experiences outside Québec.

  • International mobility coordinator (Mélissa Levasseur-Dupuis): She sees to your enrolment and/or your curriculum in different international activities.

  • Course and internship heads: They are responsible for the evaluation process concerning your activities and ultimately validate the completion of the experiential learning curricula.
  • Head of the LUMI-dans-les-quartiers project (Nathalie Jolicoeur): She oversees the project directly with the Faculty of Music, as well as being a teacher.

  • Coordinator of the LUMI-dans-les-quartiers project (Marie Dubois): She sees to the progress of the project at the administrative level.

  • Teaching specialist for the LUMI-dans-les-quartiers project (Leïla Saurel): She sees to the content of the training and workshops offered as part of the project.


Interested in the RECI curriculum? Then kindly fill out the registration form now!


Jean-Michaël Lavoie
Vice-Dean of Societal Commitments Development and Professional Partnerships
Associate professor of contemporary music
514 343-5854
Office B-748