Non-Performance Courses (do not require an audition)

ANTH 231 - Intro to Music in Culture (3 credits)

No Prerequisite.  An examination of musical phenomena in a cultural context to understand the forces which shape musical styles and the role music plays in broader aspects of culture. Terms and concepts from anthropology, ethnomusicology, and related disciplines are presented along with sound recordings of a wide variety of musical traditions from the Americas, Africa and Asia.

ANTH 331 - Studies in Ethnomusicology (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Min. "C" in ANTH 231.  A continuation of ANTH 231, including selected topics on definitions and scope of ethnomusicology, theory and method, the impact of Western music on a variety of traditional (musical) cultures, gender and music, and analysis of musical styles. Regional studies, including discussion and analysis of field recordings, vary according to available resources. Research and field work involves several projects culminating in a major ethnography paper.

MUSC 100 - Introduction to Musical Theory I (3 credit)

Prerequisite: Theory placement test and permission of instructor.  An opportunity to develop tools for understanding and manipulating musical fundamentals. Exploration and discussion of musical parameters in various different musical styles. Additional objectives: acquiring musical literacy and active listening skills, and developing a vocabulary for articulately discussing music.

MUSC 101 - Introduction to Musical Theory II (3 credits)

Prerequisite: MUSC 100 and permission of instructor; Co-requisite: MUSC 104.  An opportunity to further develop tools for understanding and manipulating musical fundamentals. Exploration and discussion of musical parameters in various different musical styles. Additional objectives: acquiring musical literacy and active listening skills, and developing a vocabulary for articulately discussing music.

MUSC 115 - Survey of North American Music Styles: 1619-1900 (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  Follows Anglo-American and Afro-American musical traditions from the 17th Century through the 19th Century. Emphasizes the study of styles that result from the syncretism of African and European influences. An ethnomusicological perspective considers the cultural milieu in which these styles emerge and evolve.

MUSC 116 - History of American Popular Music: from 1900 (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  Follows Anglo-American and Afro-American musical traditions from the 20th Century through to the present. Emphasizes the study of styles that result from the syncretism of African and European influences. An ethnomusicological perspective considers the cultural milieu in which these styles emerge and evolve.

MUSC 125 - Computers and Music I (2 credits)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of first semester of Jazz program and/or permission of instructor.  An introduction to computers as they are used in music. The focus is on learning software that aids in traditional musical pursuits: scoring, ear training, and burning CDs for private lesson accompaniment, compositional or other purposes.

MUSC 130 - A Vehicle to Spirituality (3 credits)

Prerequisite: None.  Designed to examine the links between music, spirituality, and the human condition through an exploration of culture, religion, philosophy, and social constructs. Although students will be participating in various creative endeavours, no prior musical knowledge is required.

MUSC 131 - Music Producers: The Soundmakers of Generations (3 credits)

Prerequisite: None.  This course is an exploration of the influence of the colourful, idiosyncratic and visionary music producers through popular music and the fascinatingly crucial role they have played in shaping the way we hear pop music today societally and culturally.

MUSC 137 - Private Music Instruction I: Secondary Instrument (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  A series of ten private lessons with an appropriate instructor. Curriculum is designed by the instructor based on the student's ability, instrument, and the department standards and expectations.

MUSC 138 - Private Music Instruction II: Secondary Instrument (1 credit)

Prerequisite: MUSC 137 and permission of instructor.  A series of ten private lessons with an appropriate instructor. Curriculum is designed by the instructor based on the student's ability, instrument, and the department standards and expectations.

MUSC 200 - Career Development I (2 credits)

Prerequisite: Second-year standing in the Music program.  A one-semester course consisting of a conceptual survey pertaining to employment as a recording artist, performer, and/or writer in the music industry. The scope of the paradigm incorporates both the independent and the corporate paths of the professional musical artist.

MUSC 215 - History of Music I (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Theory rudiments and permission of instructor.  A survey of musical literature and styles of western civilization from antiquity to 1600.

MUSC 216 - History of Music II (3 credits)

Prerequisite: MUSC 215 and permission of instructor.  A continuation of MUSC 215. A detailed survey of the musical literature and styles of western civilization from 1600 to the present.

MUSC 225 - Introduction to Home Recording (3 credits)

Prerequisite: None.  An introduction to home recording, production, and music creation. Students will learn fundamental skills to compose, record, and produce music in a home studio. Emphasis will be placed on learning the essential hardware and software that make up a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).

MUSC 237 - Private Music Instruction III: Secondary Instrument (1 credit)

Prerequisite: MUSC 138 and permission of instructor.  A series of ten private lessons with an appropriate instructor. Curriculum is designed by the instructor based on the student's ability, instrument, and the department standards and expectations.

MUSC 238 - Private Music Instruction IV: Secondary Instrument (1 credit)

Prerequisite: MUSC 237 and permission of instructor.  A series of ten private lessons with an appropriate instructor. Curriculum is designed by the instructor based on the student's ability, instrument, and the department standards and expectations.

Performance Courses (may require an audition)

MUSC 153 - College Singers I (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Successful audition and permission of instructor.  The study of the choral repertoire with emphasis on all areas of music, not merely the standard of works.

MUSC 154 - College Singers II (1 credit)

Prerequisite: MUSC 153 and permission of instructor.  A continuation of MUSC 153.

MUSC 155 - Vocal Jazz I (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Successful audition and permission of instructor.  An analysis and performance of various jazz styles for choir.

MUSC 156 - Vocal Jazz II (1 credit)

Prerequisite: MUSC 155 and permission of instructor.  A continuation of MUSC 155.

MUSC 171 - Guitar Ensemble I (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  An opportunity to develop and improve music reading skills for guitarists.

MUSC 172 - Guitar Ensemble II (1 credit)

Prerequisite: MUSC 171 and permission of instructor.  A continuation of MUSC 171.

MUSC 173 -  Jazz Ensemble I (1 credit)

Prerequisite: Successful audition and permission of instructor.  Analysis and performance of styles for jazz stage band.

MUSC 174 - Jazz Ensemble II (1 credit)

Prerequisite: MUSC 165 and permission of instructor.  A continuation of MUSC 173.

MUSC 205 - Music Composition I (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  Covers several 20th Century composers. Students listen to and discuss selected works by each composer, and then write three to five pieces of music based on the styles of the composers studied.

MUSC 283 - Jazz Workshop and Repertoire I (1 credit)

Prerequisite: MUSC 194 and permission of instructor.  An introduction to small group ensemble. Aspects of jazz performance practice are studied in detail, including rhythm and time, melody playing, group interaction, repertoire, roles of instruments, and improvisation.

MUSC 284 - Jazz Workshop and Repertoire II (1 credit)

Prerequisite: MUSC 283 and permission of instructor.  A continuation of MUSC 283. An opportunity to increase the experience students have with small group ensembles performance. Aspects of jazz performance practice are studied in greater detail, including rhythm and time, melody playing, group interaction, repertoire, roles of instruments, and improvisation.

MUSC 305 - Music Composition II (3 credits)

Prerequisite: MUSC 205 and permission of instructor.  This course is a continuation of MUSC 205, and covers the study of 20th century compositional techniques used in the writing of contemporary music. There will be twelve assignments, each focused on a specific technique studied in class.

MUSC 385 - Survey of Instruments: Music Pedagogy I (1 credit)

Prerequisite: MUSC 122, MUSC 282, and MUSC 284.  A course designed to be of value to those students who wish to be composers/arrangers and those who intend to be school music teachers. Students will learn the characteristics of the instruments and their idiomatic use, performance techniques, scoring techniques for arranging and composing, and music pedagogy.

MUSC 386 - Survey of Instruments: Music Pedagogy II (1 credit)

Prerequisite: MUSC 385.  A course designed to be of value to those students who wish to be composers/arrangers and those who intend to be school music teachers. Students will learn the characteristics of the instruments and their idiomatic uses, performance techniques, scoring techniques for arranging and composing, and music pedagogy.

MUSC 407 - Studio Recording I (2 credits)

Prerequisite: MUSC 125, admission to the third-year of the program, and permission of the instructor.  This course is an introduction to multi-track studio recording for music students. Students will gain an understanding of the nature of a commercial recording studio, the roles of the participants in a recording session, the basic operating procedure for the equipment, and how musicians interact with this environment. This course is not designed to turn out recording engineers or music producers.

MUSC 408 - Studio Recording II (2 credits)

Prerequisite: MUSC 407 and permission of instructor.  A continuation of Music 407, this course is an introduction to multi-track studio recording. Students will gain an understanding of the nature of a commercial recording studio, the roles of the participants in a recording session, the basic operating procedure for the equipment, and how musicians interact with this environment.

 

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