500 - Level Undergraduate

Fall 2019

 

MUSIC 505 - Bibliography and Methods of Research

Instructor:
 Christina Gier
Time:
 TR - 14:00 - 15:20


This course introduces you to the processes and techniques for research in music and the importance of and methodologies for bibliography and citation. The class will help you start, plan, accomplish and document your research in ways that will support you throughout your graduate career and after. We will focus on the approaches necessary for successful musical and musicological research.

 

MUSIC 508 - Seminar On Music In Canada

Instructor:
    Mary Ingraham
Time:     W - 13:00 - 15:50

 

This seminar explores multi- and intercultural encounters in music and music-making in Canada. Through readings, listening, and discussion, students consider current and historical perspectives on Canadian culture, including issues relating to cultural identity, ways of listening, the impact of historical narratives, and potentialities for counter-discourse, as ways to develop new approaches to creative work. Repertoire considered includes art, popular, folk and traditional music, as well as documentary and film creations. And although the primary focus of the course is musical, the seminar will draw on theoretical models and approaches across disciplines and practices, including musicology, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, critical anthropology, and indigenous practices (among others). The purpose of this course is to enhance understanding of cultural representation in Canadian music, and to develop not only a critical understanding of specific works, but also a theoretical vocabulary for communicating  more broadly the complexity of musical expression experienced in a Canadian context. Considerations to deepen our understanding include: What are the challenges we face in developing appropriate theoretical approaches to music in Canada? How do these challenges frame our response to individual works? How have composers responded to social and political influences on their works? In what ways might music be considered a reflection of the interculturality of Canadian society? How does our investigation of interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives affect our listening, reading, and performing of the music of Canadian artists?

 

MUSIC 555 - Theory & Analysis: Music and Text

Instructor:
    Maryam Moshaver
Time:
    F 13;00-15:50

 

This seminar examines the many problems and registers of text-music interaction, with a focus on Romantic and Symbolist repertories of the 19th century. Beginning with the idea of mimesis, where music is seen to imitate or express in its own medium the images and sentiments presented in a poetic text, the seminar will focus on the critiques and radical transformations of this model in theories of affect and in the philosophical aesthetics of the 19th century, as well as in the compositional practice Schubert, Schumann, Wagner, Wolf, and Debussy. Readings include texts by Rameau, Rousseau, Lessing, Goethe, Schlegel, Hanslick, Nietzsche, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Poe among others. Emphasis will be on reading, and on oral and written interpretive analysis.


Music 570 - Composition Tutorials

Instructor:
    Mark Hannesson, Scott Smallwood
Time:
    TBA


In either or both acoustic and electronic mediums, Music 570, 571, 660, 661, and 760, 761 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.

 

Winter 2020

 

Music 571 - Composition Tutorials

Instructor:
     Mark Hannesson, Scott Smallwood
Time:
    TBA


In either or both acoustic and electronic mediums, Music 570, 571, 660, 661, and 760, 761 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.