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  • MUS 101 - Intro to World and Early European Music

    This course provides basic knowledge and understanding of music in culture, with emphasis on listening skills and repertoire. Brief survey of world music and the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods in European music. The functions of music in culture. Study of music vocabulary and early genres of music. 

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL
  • MUS 105 - Voices Without Borders: Global Chorus
    This course surveys vocal repertoire from around the globe, and may include African drumming songs, 'mingge' from China, Mexican 'corridos', Indian 'lok geet', Canadian folk songs, South-Asian 'qawwalis', and Eastern Europe folk song, among others. Students will explore the unique social histories and aesthetics of selected vocal genres with an eye to the breadth of stylistic approaches and forms of transmission in various cultural traditions.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL
  • MUS 106 - The Architecture of Music
    While music is everywhere around us in our daily lives, for the listener many of its structural elements are often difficult to identify and appreciate. Through theoretical analysis and experiential learning, this course will provide a range of technical tools for acquiring a thorough grasp of how music is organized and created. Here, students will learn the fundamentals of music notation, develop essential aural skills, and acquire a strong understanding of the tonal system.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL
  • MUS 201 - Introduction to Classical Music

    This course examines Western music from the Classical, Romantic and Modern periods (approx. 1750 to the present day). Survey of the development of major styles, genres and forms of European music, including symphony, concerto and sonata. Lives and works of the great composers including Mozart, Beethoven and Stravinsky.  

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: LL
  • MUS 211 - Music Cultures of the City
    Large urban centres such as Toronto offer a tremendous variety of events, from superstars in the Rogers Centre to amateur folk musicians in local coffee houses. What are the ways we might better understand the relationship between music culture and the culture of the city? This course considers genres from a number of areas including popular music, world music, jazz and classical music. It examines issues of production, distribution and performance, as well as reception, venues and audiences.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • MUS 300 - Musicology
    A course designed to develop a sensitivity to and better understanding of music production, and to increase awareness of style. Study of materials and structural and expressive principles of music, instrumental and vocal media performance styles and great performers. Study of main genres of Western music with special regard to music dramatic forms and to functions of music in the theatre, historical backgrounds, cultural patterns, comparison with contemporary trends in theatre.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Prerequisites: THP 202 or THP 402.
  • MUS 303 - Global Guitar
    The guitar, or plucked lute, is the de facto instrument of the masses in the western world. Through lecture, audio-visual screenings, discussion and experiential learning, this course explores the ways in which the guitar and its global variants have given voice to individuals and groups around the world, from ancient Persia and India to Africa and the Americas, and in so doing examines the impact of class, gender, race, politics and commercialization on creative self-expression.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • MUS 401 - Music, Religion and Spirituality
    This course explores the dynamic interrelationship of music, religion and spirituality in a multicultural context. Topics will include the role, style, and conception of music in the Islamic, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Tibetan, and Taoist faiths, amongst others. The processes and traditions of spiritual practice through and with sound will be explored. The course will also analyze the musical forms through which these devotional practices are undertaken.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
  • MUS 501 - Music of World Cultures

    This course surveys folk, art, and popular musics from around the world. Course content covers musical systems, instruments, performance practices, social structures, and religious belief systems. Musical analysis is integrated with theoretical concepts to develop a cross-cultural appreciation of music, including: race, cultural identity, post-colonialism, and globalization. Musical cultures to be explored may include those of Canada's First Nations, the Caribbean, Brazil, West Africa, Northern Europe, West Asia, India, China, Japan, and Indonesia.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
  • MUS 503 - Social Issues in Popular Music
    This course will examine the relationship between contemporary popular music and social issues. The ways in which popular music addresses, interacts with and intersects identity formation, political movements, technological change, class structures and geography will be among the topics covered. Examples from 20th and 21st century North American and global popular music will be included to illustrate both developments in musical style and music's connection to social change.
    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
  • MUS 505 - Popular Music and Culture

    This course explores the development of North American, British and non-western popular music. Lectures investigate key historical periods and genres which define the popular idiom in the west, such as blues, jazz, country, rock n' roll, folk, rap, and electronica, as well as popular idioms from beyond the western world. Changes in technology, economics and demographics will be discussed, as will links between popular music and the prevailing social conditions of each period.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL
    Antirequisites: RTA 905 (formerly BDC 935)
  • MUS 507 - Architecture of Music II

    Building on foundational concepts of musical structure examined in MUS 106, this course allows students to further develop their music theory skills through in-depth musical analysis and experiential learning. Particular attention will be paid to the historical development of compositional techniques and styles in Europe and North America. With examples from the Baroque to Contemporary periods, students will explore the backgrounds of important composers, and learn to conduct detailed compositional analyses of their works.

    Weekly Contact: Lecture: 3 hrs.
    GPA weight: 1.00
    Billing Units: 1
    Count: 1.00
    Liberal Studies: UL