Winter 2021 Course Information

Below is the list of courses offered by the School of Music for the winter 2021 semester with textbook information. If no textbook information is indicated, course materials will be distributed during class and through online learning platforms.

Courses are organized under the following categories:

For detailed information about course descriptions, restrictions, and pre-requisite requirements, please reference the University Calendar (2020/2021) or the School of Graduate Studies Calendar (2020/2021).

APPLIED MUSIC COURSES

MUS 140B Principal Applied Study I (2 credit hours) requires one hour per week of individual instruction (vocal or instrumental).

MUS 240B Principal Applied Study II (2 credit hours) is a continuation of Mus 140A/B.

MUS 2401 Functional Keyboard I (0 credit hours) 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.

MUS 2402 Functional Keyboard II (1 credit hour) is a continuation of MUS 2401.

MUS 2412 Advanced Functional Keyboard II (1 credit hour) is a continuation of MUS 2411.

MUS 2611 Festival Choir (1 credit hour) requires three hours rehearsal per week.

MUS 2612 Chamber Choir (1 credit hour) requires three hours rehearsal per week.

MUS 2613 Chamber Orchestra (1 credit hour) requires three hours rehearsal per week.

MUS 2615 Jazz Ensemble (1 credit hour) requires three hours rehearsal per week.

MUS 2616 Opera Workshop (1 credit hour) requires three hours rehearsal per week.

MUS 2617 Opera Workshop (2 credit hours) requires six hours rehearsal per week.

MUS 2619 Wind Ensemble (1 credit hour) requires three hours rehearsal per week. Contact the instructor or the School of Music office before the beginning of the semester regarding the audition.

MUS 340B Principal Applied Study III (2 credit hours) is a continuation of Mus 240A/B for students whose Major is other than Performance.

MUS 3511 Chamber Music (1 credit hour) requires the ensemble to prepare and perform a recital of 10-15 minutes of music. Each ensemble receives six hours of coaching in preparation for the performance.

MUS 3512 Chamber Music (2 credit hours) requires the ensemble to prepare and perform a recital of 18-22 minutes of music. Each ensemble receives nine hours of coaching in preparation for the performance.

MUS 3513 Chamber Music (3 credit hours) requires the ensemble to prepare and perform a recital of 25-30 minutes of music. Each ensemble receives twelve hours of coaching in preparation for the performance.

MUS 3514 Small Ensemble (Percussion Ensemble) (1 credit hour) is a conducted ensemble requiring two hours per week of rehearsal.

MUS 3518 Contemporary Music/Improvisation Ensemble (1 credit hour) is a coached activity exploring improvisation and/or contemporary repertoire for mixed ensembles. This ensemble requires 2 hours of rehearsal per week.

MUS 3611 Jazz Combo (1 credit hour) requires the ensemble to prepare and perform a recital of 10-15 minutes of music. Each ensemble receives six hours of coaching in preparation for the performance.

MUS 3612 Jazz Combo (2 credit hours) requires the ensemble to prepare and perform a recital of 18-22 minutes of music. Each ensemble receives nine hours of coaching in preparation for the performance.

MUS 3613 Jazz Combo (3 credit hours) requires the ensemble to prepare and perform a recital of 25-30 minutes of music. Each ensemble receives twelve hours of coaching in preparation for the performance.

MUS 440A/B Principal Applied Study IV (2 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 340A/B.

MUS 345B Principal Applied Study III-Performance (3 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 240A/B. A more intensive approach to performance than in MUS 340A/B.

MUS 445B Principal Applied Study IV-Performance (3 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 345A/B. Students are required to present a public recital consisting of 50 to 60 minutes of music with program notes.

MUS 4505 Seminar in Performance Issues (3 credit hours) introduces students to perspectives and strategies for cultivating well-being while optimizing music learning and performance. Areas of exploration may include effective practice techniques, self-regulation, mindfulness, healthy movement, injury prevention, motivation, and mental skills training.

MUS 4701 Music in the Community (1 credit hour), MUS 4702 (2 credit hours) and MUS 4703 (3 credit hours) allows students to explore the role of the artist in the community by planning and carrying out a community musicmaking project. Students will be required to propose a viable collaborative project prior to registering.

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ENSEMBLE TECHNIQUES COURSES

MUS 3231 Flute Techniques (1 credit hour) meets one hour per week. Practical study, in a class situation, of the basic techniques of playing the flute.

  • Louke, Phyllis Avidan, and Patricia George. Flute 101: Mastering the Basics. Theodore Presser Company (Carl Fischer), 2009.

MUS 3232 Single Reed Techniques (1 credit hour) meets one hour per week. Practical study, in a class situation, of the basic techniques of playing the clarinet and/or saxophone.

  • Pearson, Bruce. Standard of Excellence, Comprehensive Band Method, Book 1 – Bb Clarinet. San Diego, California: Neil A. Kjos Music Co., 2004.
  • ______. Standard of Excellence, Comprehensive Band Method, Book 1 – Eb Alto Saxophone. San Diego, California: Neil A. Kjos Music Co., 2004.

MUS 3300 Ensemble Leadership I (3 credit hours) is an introductory course on ensemble leadership in both choral and instrumental settings. Beginning with an overview of leadership concepts and theories, the course helps students situate themselves within the variety of approaches to organisational leadership.

  • Hunsberger, Donald, and Roy Ernst. The Art of Conducting, 2nd edition. McGraw-Hill Education, 1991.

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MUSIC THEORY AND COMPOSITION COURSES

MUS 1106 Elements of Music II (3 credit hours) is a continuation of Elements of Music I. This course will focus on advanced rudiments and basic harmony with an emphasis on the aural comprehension of all pertinent topics.

  • Sarnecki, Mark. The Complete Elementary Music Rudiments, 2nd edition. Toronto: Frederick Harris Music, 2010.
  • ______. The Complete Elementary Music Rudiments, 2nd edition, Answer Book. Toronto: Frederick Harris Music, 2010.

MUS 1108 Materials and Techniques of Tonal Music II (3 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 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.

  • Laitz, Steven. The Complete Musician, 4th edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • ______.  The Complete Musician, 4th edition, Workbook 1: Writing and Analysis. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

MUS 1118 Aural Skills II (1 credit hour) is a continuation of MUS 1117.

  • Berkowitz, Sol, et. al. A New Approach to Sight Singing, 6th edition. W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.

MUS 2108 Materials and Techniques of Tonal Music IV (3 credit hours) is a continuing study of chromatic harmony with an emphasis on enharmonic modulation and other advanced chromatic techniques. Written work will include both analysis and composition exercises in the styles studied.

MUS 2118 Aural Skills IV (1 credit hour) is a continuation of MUS 2117.

  • Berkowitz, Sol, et. al. A New Approach to Sight Singing, 6th edition. W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.

MUS 3100 Intro to Composition (3 credit hours) introduces students to a variety of compositional concepts such as selected post-1900 techniques, developments in rhythm and metre, texture, phrase structures, song forms, short forms, and motivic development. Students planning to apply for the Major in Composition are strongly encouraged to take this course.

MUS 3110 Jazz Theory & Arranging II (3 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 3109, and examines the technique of orchestration as it relates to the big band and other large ensembles.

  • Lowell, Dick, and Ken Pulig. Arranging for Large Jazz Ensemble. Berklee Press, 2003.

MUS 3118 Advanced Form (3 credit hours) is a course combining the advanced study of form and harmony with an emphasis on the development of analytical and compositional skills. Form-functional theory will be used in order to examine, analyze and emulate the music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

  • Beethoven, Ludwig van. Complete Piano Sonatas, Volume I, edited by Heinrich Schenker. New York: Dover Publications, 1975.
  • Mozart, W.A. Complete Sonatas and Fantasies for Solo Piano. New York: Dover Publications, 1997.
  • Caplin, William. Classical Form: A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

MUS 3140 Composition Seminar (3 credit hours) provides intensive composition study for students whose Major or Minor is Composition.

MUS 4104 Electronic Music Studio Techniques (3 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 3104.

MUS 4140 Advanced Composition Seminar (3 credit hours) provides advanced composition study for students whose Major or Minor is Composition. Students will prepare a recital of original works and/or a portfolio of their compositions.

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MUSICOLOGIES COURSES

MUS 1006 Thinking and Writing About Music (3 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 1005.

MUS 2006 History Western Art Music II (3 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 2005. An intensive survey, through selected compositions, of the development of musical styles in the Western world from 1700 to 1900. This course has strong listening and writing components and continues to develop research skills.

MUS 2011 North American Popular Music* examines the development of North American popular music from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to the present. No prior musical knowledge is required. *Not applicable to the Bachelor of Music Degree.

  • Starr, Larry, and Christopher Waterman. American Popular Music, fifth edition. New York: Oxford Press, 2017.

MUS 2014 Introduction to World Music* (3 credit hours) provides an introduction to the musics of selected cultures and contemporary intercultural communities. 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. *Not applicable to the Bachelor of Music Degree.

MUS 3018 Jazz & Blues: Roots of Popular Music (3 credit hours) (same as Folklore 3618) is an overview of blues and jazz as traditional musical forms. Lectures and listening will illustrate the development of regional music cultures and generic styles.

MUS 4005 Music & Health (3 credit hours) is an introduction to a variety of approaches used in the context of health and wellbeing both in clinical and community settings. There will be a strong critical reading component to the course.

MUS 4040 Music and Culture (3 credit hours) (same as Folklore 4440) examines traditional music as an aspect of human behaviour in Western and non-European cultures. Outside reading, class exercises and individual reports will be required.

MUS 4095 Graduating Essay (3 credit hours) is directed study which will result in the production of an original paper dealing with a topic in musicologies (including but not limited to music history, ethnomusicology, and popular music studies). This course is restricted to Musicologies Majors.

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GRADUATE COURSES

MUS 6002 Graduate Seminar (3 credit hours) explores the idea that all musicking is a fundamentally social enterprise. Throughout the semester we will touch upon the ways that media, institutional structures, economic status, gender, and other socially constructed phenomena affect human beings’ experiences of music and the meanings they ascribe to it.

MUS 6210 Instrumental Conducting I (3 credit hours) is designed to develop conducting and rehearsal techniques for instrumental conducting at the graduate level.

  • Green, Elizabeth A.H., and Mark Gibson. The Modern Conductor, 7th edition. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2003.

MUS 6211 Instrumental Conducting II (3 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 6210.

MUS 6310 Choral Conducting I (3 credit hours) is designed to develop conducting and rehearsal techniques for choral conducting at the graduate level.

MUS 6311 Choral Conducting II (3 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 6310

MUS 645A/B Principal Applied Study I (3 credit hours per semester for two semesters). For students in the performance major. Includes a weekly one-hour individual lesson and may include weekly studio class and/or other requirements to be specified by the instructor during the first week of classes.

MUS 646A/B Secondary Principal Applied Study (2 credit hours per semester for two semesters). Includes a weekly one-hour individual lesson in an applied study area other than the student's principal instrument or voice.

MUS 647A/B Principal Applied Study I (3 credit hours per semester for two semesters). For students in the Performance/Pedagogy major. Includes a weekly one-hour individual lesson and may include weekly studio class and/or other requirements to be specified by the instructor during the first week of classes.

MUS 6502 Opera Workshop (2 credit hours) and MUS 6503 (3 credit hours).

MUS 6504 Chamber Music (1 credit hour), MUS 6500 (2 credit hours), and MUS 6501 (3 credit hours). Student ensembles must prepare and perform a program of 10-15 minutes of repertoire. Six hours of coaching per semester.

MUS 6505 Conducted Instrumental Ensemble (1 credit hour per semester). Participation in orchestra, wind ensemble or jazz ensemble. Graduate students will be expected to play a leadership role in the ensemble.

MUS 6510 Seminar in Performance Issues (3 credit hours) is a practical exploration of selected performance-related issues such as developing an anatomically sound approach to movement and technique; peak performance and approaches to performance anxiety; and topics in practical performance practice.

MUS 6600 Pedagogy Seminar (3 credit hours) is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of resources and pedagogical approaches used in studio teaching at various levels.

MUS 6610 Pedagogy Internship I (3 credit hours) is the practical application, through supervised studio teaching, of pedagogical concepts and principals previously studied.

MUS 6701 Music in the Community (1 credit hour), MUS 6702 (2 credit hours), and MUS 6703 (3 credit hours). Students explore the role of the artist in the community by planning and carrying out a community music-making project. Students will be required to propose a viable collaborative project prior to registering.

MUS 7002 Research Paper (3 credit hours). Major research project, which must be approved in advance. Normally taken by ethnomusicology students, but also taken by M.Mus students holding CGS Master’s Scholarships from SSRHC.

MUS 7013 Music and Culture (3 credit hours) is the study of traditional music as an aspect of human behavior in Western and non-European cultures. Examination of the functions and uses of music; folk and popular music distinctions; and the relations of style to contents.

MUS 7018 Jazz & Blues: Roots of Popular Music (3 credit hours) is an overview of blues and jazz as traditional musical forms, including the development of regional music cultures and generic styles.

MUS 7310 Choral Conducting III (3 credit hours) is a continuation of MUS 6311.

MUS 745A/B Principal Applied Study II (3 credit hours per semester for two semesters) is a continuation of Music 645A/B for students in the Performance Major.

MUS 747A/B: Principal Applied Study II (3 credit hours per semester for two semesters) is a continuation of Music 647A/B for students in the Performance/Pedagogy Major.

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