Music

 

Music is one of the most important components of modern life, entering our lives in many ways: through the Internet, radio, television, movies, recordings, computer games, even elevators and restaurants. The study of music can be approached in several ways. University courses in music tend to be grouped into three categories: music theory (including composition), musicologies (the history and social life of music), and applied music (performance). Courses in applied music are available only to students in the Bachelor of Music program, while courses in music theory and musicologies may be taken by students in any program.

Why study music?

Courses in musicologies help students develop an understanding of music from cultural, social and historical perspectives. These courses introduce students to many kinds of music from classical to jazz, popular and world music and help them recognize the features that distinguish different musical styles and periods. They also develop critical thinking and research and writing skills.

Courses in music theory develop an understanding of the language of music, through its notation and structure. In music theory courses, students learn how to read and write music and discover how musical elements such as timbre, melody, rhythm and harmony are put together to make musical compositions. In composition courses, students put those skills to work creatively. Courses in aural skills also develop critical listening and sight-singing skills.

Courses in applied music develop the individual student’s potential for musical expression and performance. These courses develop a student’s technical competence, musical understanding and creativity so that they can prepare their own interpretations of music in a variety of styles.

Courses available to students who have not been admitted to the School of Music and for students with little or no musical background:

Music 1120

Rudiments I is an introductory course in music rudiments and theory. Development of aural skills is emphasized.

Lectures: Three hours per week

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: Three

Notes:

Credit for this course may not be applied to the Bachelor of Music degree.

Music 1120 is also available as a distance education course.

Music 2011

North American Popular Music examines the development of North American popular music from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The course examines major musical genres, their historical roots, their musical characteristics, the influences that shaped them and the artists who defined them. It explores sociopolitical issues embedded in popular music, as well as how music has evolved to express new conceptions of self and community, social anxieties, tensions and ideals. No prior musical knowledge is required.

Lectures: Three hours per week

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: Three

Note: Credit for this course may not be applied to the Bachelor of Music degree. Also available as a distance education course.

Music 2012

Understanding Classical Music: Introduction Through Guided Listening is a course designed to enhance and develop listening skills and an understanding of the basic elements of music. Form and musical style in Western classical music will be explored within a cultural and historical context. Through guided listening, the student will be exposed to a variety of musical styles and traditions. This course has a strong listening component. The ability to read music is not required.

Lectures: Three hours per week

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: Three

Note: Credit for this course may not be applied to the Bachelor of Music degree.

Music 2013

Twentieth Century Musicals is a survey on 20th century musical theatre. Selected works, presenting different styles and periods, will be examined in detail. There will be a strong required listening/viewing component to this course. The ability to read music is not required.

Lectures: Three hours per week

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: Three

Notes:

Credit for this course may not be applied to the Bachelor of Music degree.

Credit can be received for only one of Music 2013, 3007 or English 2013.

Music 2014

Introduction to World Music provides an introduction to the musics of selected cultures and contemporary intercultural communities. Drawing on topics and issues in ethnomusicology, it focuses on musical practices, beliefs and techniques. It is intended to develop listening skills, broaden musical horizons, as well as to enable a deeper understanding of the way music functions in relation to social groups and individual lives.

Lectures: Three hours per week

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: Three

Note: Credit for this course may not be applied to the Bachelor of Music degree.

Music 2021

Newfoundland and Labrador Folksinging is an introduction to the sociocultural contexts, functions and meanings of folksong in Newfoundland and Labrador. Proceeding from this contextual base drawn from oral and scholarly histories, the course offers practical instruction by a tradition-bearer in the singing of traditional Newfoundland and Labrador tunes and texts, using the techniques of aural transmission and assisted by the written medium where appropriate.

Lectures: Three hours per week

Prerequisite: None

Credit Hours: Three

Note: Music 2021 is also available as a distance education course.

Music 2022

Newfoundland and Labrador Fiddling is an introduction to the sociocultural contexts, functions and meanings of fiddling in Newfoundland and Labrador. Proceeding from this contextual base drawn from oral histories, the course offers practical instruction by a tradition-bearer on the fiddle, using the techniques of aural transmission and assisted by the written medium where appropriate.

Lectures: Three hours per week

Prerequisite: Permission of the director

Credit Hours: Three

Note: No more than three credits from the 2021-2023 series may be applied toward the Bachelor of Music degree as an unspecified music elective.

Music 2023

Newfoundland and Labrador Accordion is an introduction to the sociocultural contexts, function and meanings of accordion music in Newfoundland and Labrador. Proceeding from this contextual base drawn from oral histories, the course offers practical instruction by a tradition-bearer on the button accordion, using the techniques of aural transmission and assisted by the written medium where appropriate.

Lectures: Three hours per week

Prerequisite: Permission of the director

Credit Hours: Three

Note: No more than three credits from the 2021-2023 series may be applied toward the Bachelor of Music degree as an unspecified music elective

 

Notes: No more than three credits from the 2021-2023 series may be applied toward the Bachelor of Music degree as unspecified music electives.

 

Large ensemble courses available to non-music majors with appropriate background, subject to the approval of the instructor:

Music 2611

Festival Choir requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.

Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor

Credit Hours: One

Music 2612

Chamber Choir requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.

Prerequisite: An audition. Contact the School of Music.

Credit Hours: One

Music 2613

Chamber Orchestra requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.

Prerequisite: An audition. Contact the School of Music.

Credit Hours: One

Music 2614

Concert Band requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.

Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor

Credit Hours: One

Music 2615

Jazz Ensemble requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.

Prerequisite: An audition. Contact the School of Music.

Credit Hours: One

Music 2616

Opera Workshop requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.

Prerequisite: An audition. Contact the School of Music.

Credit Hours: One

Music 2619

Wind Ensemble requires three hours rehearsal per week. Attendance is required.

Prerequisite: An audition. Contact the School of Music.

Credit Hours: One

Musicologies and music theory courses available to non-music majors who have fulfilled the prerequisite. Please note that spaces in these classes are made available to non-B.Mus. students only after all B.Mus. students have registered.

Music 1005

Thinking and Writing about Music I is designed to develop listening, critical thinking, research and writing skills through selected cross-cultural topics and themes exploring the relationship between music and society. The course will introduce the student to the terminology of music history and the concepts of genre, musical style and style periods. This course has strong listening and writing components. The ability to read music is required.

Lectures: Three hours per week

Prerequisite: Music 1120 or successful completion of the theory placement test or admission to the B.Mus. degree program

Credit Hours: Three

Note: Credit can be received for only one of Music 1005, Music 2012, or the former Music 1002.

Music 1006

Thinking and Writing about Music II is a continuation of Music 1005.

Lectures: Three hours per week

Prerequisite: Music 1005

Credit Hours: Three

Note: This course has strong listening and writing components.

Music 1107

Materials & Techniques of Tonal Music I is the study of the basic materials of tonal music; introduction to melody writing and phrase structures; introduction to voice-leading with emphasis on chorale style; analysis and composition of smaller formal elements.

Lectures: Three hours per week

Prerequisite: Music 1120 with a minimum grade of 75 per cent or successful completion of the Theory Placement Test

Co-requisite: Music 1117

Credit Hours: Three

Note: Credit may not be obtained for more than one of Music 110A, 1107 and 1113.

Music 1108

Materials & Techniques of Tonal Music II is a continuation of Music 1107. Harmonic vocabulary is expanded to include all diatonic triads and seventh chords, with an introduction to chromatic harmony; phrase expansions and contractions; analysis and composition of binary and ternary forms.

Lectures: Three hours per week

Prerequisite: Music 1107

Co-requisite: Music 1118

Credit Hours: Three

Note: Credit may not be obtained for more than one of Music 110B, 1108 and 1114.

Music 1117

Aural Skills I is a course on sight-singing and dictation.

Lectures: Two hours per week

Credit Hours: One

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of 75 per cent in Music 1116 or successful completion of the Theory Placement Test

Co-requisite: Music 1107

Music 1118

Aural Skills II is a continuation of Music 1117.

Lectures: Two hours per week

Prerequisite: Music 1107 and 1117

Credit Hours: One

Courses restricted to students admitted to a program in the School of Music:

Music 1700

Introduction to Music Technology meets one hour per week and provides a practical introduction to useful computer tools for musicians, such as music notation software, basic digital audio editing and new media.

Credit Hours: One

Co-requisite: Music 140A/B

Music 140 A/B

Applied Study requires one hour per week of individual instruction (vocal or instrumental). Required attendance at School of Music recitals.

Lectures: One-hour private lesson per week

Prerequisite: Music 140A is a prerequisite for Music 140B

Co-requisite: in each semester for students whose applied study is voice, piano, organ or guitar: one of Music 2611, 2612 and in each semester for all other applied studies: one of Music 2611 or 2612, and one of Music 2613, 2614, 2615, 2619, 2620.

Credit Hours: Four over two semesters

Music 2700

Lyric Diction I is a study of English, German, French and Italian lyric diction. The International Phonetic Alphabet will be introduced and applied to singing in these four languages.

Credit Hours: One

Prerequisite: Open only to students whose principal applied study is voice

Music 2401

Functional Keyboard I is an introduction to practical keyboard skills for students whose principal applied study is not piano or organ. Functional accompaniment, transposition and score reading are emphasized. This course meets one hour per week.

Credit Hours: None

Prerequisite: Music 1108, successful completion of the Piano Proficiency Test

Notes:

Students may gain credit for only one of Music 2401 or the former Music 1127.

Music 2401 may not be taken for credit by students whose principal applied study is a keyboard instrument.

Music 2411

Advanced Functional Keyboard I is an introduction to practical keyboard skills for students whose principal applied study is piano or organ. Functional accompaniment, transposition and score reading are emphasized. This course meets one hour per week.

Credit Hours: None

Prerequisite: Music 1108, permission of the instructor for students whose principal applied study is not a keyboard instrument

Note: Students may gain credit for only one of Music 2411 or the former Music 1137

Contact information

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Ellen Waterman

ellenw@mun.ca

www.mun.ca/music

Contact

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