400 - Level

 

Fall 2018

 

Music 403 - Piano Literature I

Instructor:
 TBA
Time: 
 TR - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

 

Music 403 will survey the repertoire of music written for the piano and its predecessors, spanning from the Renaissance to the dawn of the Romantic era. Emphasis will not only be placed on recognizing and understanding the significance of the so-called “standard repertoire,” but also on appreciating the broader historical and cultural contexts surrounding these pieces and composers. Students will also be encouraged to evaluate this repertoire in relation to their own contexts and careers, and compositions will be considered from both pedagogical and performative perspectives. Issues of performance practice and interpretation will be considered, with particular attention paid to the recordings of major performers. Recognizing the importance of effective communication in all aspects of the musical field, students will develop both their written and oral communication skills through frequent assignments, and ongoing participation in classroom discussions. 

 

Music 413 - Studies in the History of Jazz

Instructor:
 Christina Gier
Time: 
 TR - 2:00 PM - 3:20PM

 

Our course this term will explore jazz: its styles, its meanings, its contexts and history. What is jazz? What is the history of jazz? Who are the significant performers in this history? How did it develop? What social meanings emerge through jazz? We will listen to a great deal of music to address this question fully and develop ways to talk about it as we learn about the people who created it.  

 

Music 435 - Vocal Pedagogy I

Instructor: 
 TBA 
Time: 
 TR - 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

 

This course will explore the traditions of vocal pedagogy and discover the progression of vocal techniques with the advances of science.  Anatomy and function of all parts of the vocal instrument will be studied, as well as the fundamental principles of bel canto singing.  Utilizing the research and writings of renowned pedagogues past and present, students will be empowered with theoretical information to enhance their own processes of singing, as well as their future students.  The second half of this course will focus on practical applications for teaching studio voice lessons with students of varying levels.  

 

Music 455 - Music Theory V

Instructor:
 TBA
Time
 MW - 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM

 

This is a repertoire-based course in theory and analysis.  Music 455 focuses on the first half of the twentieth-century, covers a range of composers, styles and representative works dating from c.1890 to c.1945.  Throughout the first part of the course, substantial discussion on both conventional tonality and late chromatic harmony is also included.  The student will gain in-depth familiarity of the works discussed, and gain ability with various tonal and post-tonal analytical techniques.  Instruction is given in lecture format.  Required reading and listening assignments will be given on a TBA basis (all materials are on library reserve).

 

Music 489/589 - Music and Identity

Instructor:
 Julia Byl 
Time: 
 W - 1:00 PM - 3:50 PM

 

How are our identities shaped by society, and what role does music play in this shaping? An identity can be broad (Canadian, LGBTQ, Spanish-speaking, Asian) or very niche (one of the ten people who liked that band before it got big). Through readings, listening, and discussion, we will explore the ways identities are expressed, globally. We will look at techno and punk scenes; examine national and regional cultures in Indonesia, Russia, and Zimbabwe; analyze the contents of our own playlists; and take on issues like globalization, intersectionality, and appropriation—all filtered through a music studies perspective. This course will also introduce some of the core concepts and issues of ethnomusicology through an engagement with the work of scholars of music and identity. 

 

Music 492A - Contemporary Music 

Instructor:
 TBA 
Time  MW - 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM

 

The purpose of the Contempo New Music Ensemble is to create, develop, perform and promote contemporary music.  The programming reflects the diverse range of compositional styles currently being written, as well as what is considered classic repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries.  The ensemble also proves ideal and necessary for student compositions at the undergraduate level. 

 

Music 495/595 - Music and Business

Instructor:
 Guillaume Tardif
Time: 
 W - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

 

Winter 2019

 

Music 404 - Piano Literature II

Instructor:
 TBA
Time: 
 TR - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

 

Music 404 will survey the repertoire of music written for the piano from the Romantic era to the present, with a focus on the development of significant genres, techniques, and stylistic trends. Emphasis will not only be placed on recognizing and understanding the significance of the so-called “standard repertoire,” but also on appreciating the broader historical and cultural contexts surrounding these pieces and composers. Students will also be encouraged to evaluate this repertoire in relation to their own contexts and careers, and compositions will be considered from both pedagogical and performative perspectives. Issues of performance practice and interpretation will be considered, with particular attention paid to the recordings of major performers. Recognizing the importance of effective communication in all aspects of the musical field, students will develop both their written and oral communication skills through frequent assignments, and ongoing participation in classroom discussions. 

 

Music 436 - Vocal Pedagogy II 

Instructor:
 TBA 
Time: 
 TR - 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

 

This course will explore the traditions of vocal pedagogy and discover the progression of vocal techniques with the advances of science.  Anatomy and function of all parts of the vocal instrument will be studied, as well as the fundamental principles of bel canto singing.  Utilizing the research and writings of renowned pedagogues past and present, students will be empowered with theoretical information to enhance their own processes of singing, as well as their future students.  The second half of this course will focus on practical applications for teaching studio voice lessons with students of varying levels.  

 

Music 459 - Advanced Studies in String Pedagogy

Instructor:
 TBA
Time: 
 TR - 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM

 

String Pedagogy is the study of teaching approaches and teaching methods used in strings, at different levels and in various contexts. Through this class, you will critically review your own understanding and practices, and critically examine and discuss others'. A practicum component with CSL may be part of this course.  

 

Music 470/471/570/571 - Compositional Tutorials

Instructor:
 TBA
Time: 
 TBA

 

In either or both acoustic and electronic mediums, Music 470, 471, 570 and 571 are all tutorial-based courses in ‘free’ composition. Regular critiquing and coaching will assist the student in developing various compositional techniques and strategies, as well as encouraging informed, independent creative musical thought and expression. To ensure that diverse learning experiences occur, emphasis is placed on composing shorter, multi-movement works that are concise, well-structured, and clearly focused with regard to artistic objectives and compositional means.

 

Music 472/582 - Area Studies in Ethnomusicology: Africa 

Instructor:
 TBA
Time: 
 TR - 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM

 

This seminar course centers on understanding music and other performance arts in Africa as a sustainable strategy for social cohesion, progress and transformation. We will study musical types across the continent, traditional and contemporary, local and interventionist, from the perspective of their efficacy for social progress. In particular, we will study Music for Global Human Development (m4ghd.org) -- applying music as a collaborative social technology towards social justice across a spectrum of issues, from health and education, to peace, civil society, and social integration. We will focus on application of these ideas and methods in Egypt, Liberia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, and elsewhere, through critical review of current literature, local practices, and musical interventions both past and present. We will also design m4ghd projects for the future.  NB: There are no prerequisites. The course is offered for both undergraduate and graduate credit.

 

Music 480 - Survey of Contemporary Music and Sonic Arts

Instructor:
 TBA
Time: 
 TR - 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM

 

This course is a survey of compositional trends and styles in contemporary music since 1945. In particular, we will focus on music and sonic art created in the last 25 years, drawing connections to the traditions of the avant-garde from the mid-20th century. The course will follow a seminar format, exploring music through score reading, listenings, readings, films, and discussion, culminating in a major writing and presentation project.

 

Music 492B - Contemporary Music 

Instructor:
 TBA
Time: 
 MW - 3:00 PM - 4:50 PM

 

The purpose of the Contempo New Music Ensemble is to create, develop, perform and promote contemporary music.  The programming reflects the diverse range of compositional styles currently being written, as well as what is considered classic repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries.  The ensemble also proves ideal and necessary for student compositions at the undergraduate level.