Courses

Department of Music Research and Composition

Courses offered in 2017-18

The Department of Music Research and Composition offers courses in music composition, music theory, music history, and popular music. Regardless of your major at Western University, we offer courses you can include in your academic life.

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Music Courses open only to non-music students

1000 Level Courses

(Not offered in 2017-18.)

Music Courses open to music and non-music students

1000 Level Courses

(Not offered in 2017-18.)

2000 Level Courses

2700A/B: Post WWII Popular Music
The history, nature and function of popular music, with particular reference to rock music. The course will emphasize musical styles, form, instrumentation, vocal timbres and performing style through a study of representative works.

2701A: Musical Theatre
The contexts and forms of popular theatre in which music plays a vital part. Emphasis will be on such twentieth-century genres as the Musical, Rock Opera, Musical Comedy, Comic Opera, Operetta and Vaudeville.

2708B: Special Topics in Music History (Musical Theatre II)
Special topics on the study of music history: Musical Theatre II.

3000 Level Courses

(Not offered in 2017-18.)

Music History / Popular Music Courses for Music Students

1000 Level Courses

1710F: Music History: Introduction
Consideration of various approaches to studying the history of music: guided listening, writing about music, library resources.

1711G: Music History: c.900 to c.1600
A survey of the Medieval and Renaissance periods.

1730B: Introduction to Popular Music & Culture
An introduction to the study of the culture and history of popular music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and its links to other arts and media.

2000 Level Courses

2700A & 2700B: Post WWII Popular Music
The history, nature and function of popular music, with particular reference to rock music. The course will emphasize musical styles, form, instrumentation, vocal timbres and performing style through a study of representative works.

2701A: Musical Theatre
The contexts and forms of popular theatre in which music plays a vital part. Emphasis will be on such twentieth-century genres as the Musical, Rock Opera, Musical Comedy, Comic Opera, Operetta and Vaudeville.

2708B: Special Topics in Music History (Musical Theatre II)
Special topics on the study of music history: Musical Theatre II.

2710F: Music History: c.1600 to c.1800
A survey of the Baroque and Classical periods.

2711G: Music History: c.1800 to Present
A survey of the Romantic period and the 20th century.

2734A: Analysis of Popular Music
A study of techniques in selected popular music genres including aspects of lyrics, music, performing styles, and arrangement.

2736B: Introduction to Desktop Music Production
An introduction to fundamental principles of recording using desktop music facilities.

3000 Level Courses

3701B: Topics in Renaissance Music
Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and analytical study of Renaissance music (c. 1400 – 1600).

3703A: Topics in Classical Music
Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and analytical study of Classical music (c. 1750 – 1810).

3705B: Topics in Early Twentieth-Century Music - Arnold Schoenberg’s Vienna
(Prerequisites: 2711F/G and 1650A/B.)  Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and analytical study of music c. 1900 to 1950. The music of Arnold Schoenberg arose in the ferment of fin-de-siècle Vienna and reflects the anxieties and ideals of its time. This course examines the intersections between Schoenberg's music and the works and ideas of contemporaries from nonmusical fields. Instead of focusing on analytic method, the course will approach Schoenberg's music through elevant topics in philosophy, psychology, visual art, and architecture.

Note: This course will satisfy 0.5 course requirement in the “1.5 courses” category in Year 3 and Year 4 in the BMus Honours Music Theory, and BMus Music Honours Composition. Please request permission from the MRC Department Chair, Dr. David Myska [dmyska@uwo.ca].

3730B: Popular Music: Genre Studies: Punk Music
A detailed study of one or more genres in popular music. Emphasis on repertory, style, and historical context.

3739B: Digital Mixing and Mastering
Theory and practice of mixing and mastering in a primarily digital environment.

3752A: Topics in Twentieth-Century Opera
Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and analytical study of twentieth-century opera.

3771A: Special Topics in Music History: Classical Music Recording
An introduction to acoustic recording in ambient spaces. After considering the theory behind sound recording, participants will gain hands-on experience in tracking, editing, mixing, and delivery. The practical sessions will involve small groups of 4-5 people who will be the performers, producers, and editors. (Prerequisites: 1711 or 1730, plus 1650 and 1636 or permission.)

4000 Level Courses

4735A: Popular Music Songwriting II
Advanced approaches and techniques of songwriting in a variety of popular styles.

4740Y: Advanced Project in Popular Music Production
Allows students an opportunity to identify and capitalize on professional avenues for producing, distributing, and marketing music.

4791A/B is not offered this year.
Music History majors please select an MRC course for substitution, and request permission for the substitution from the MRC Department Chair, Dr. David Myska [dmyska@uwo.ca].

Music Theory / Composition Courses for Music Students

1000 Level Courses

1635A: General Integrated Musicianship (GIM) I
Development of basic musicianship skills through the practice and application of sight-singing techniques, ear-training procedures, and keyboard harmony exercises. Materials for all components will include scales in all major and minor keys, diatonic chords, fundamental melodic patterns and harmonic progressions, and modulation to closely related keys. In addition, the keyboard harmony component will include elementary exercises in harmonization, figured bass realization, transposition, and score reading using C, F and G clefs.

1636B: General Integrated Musicianship (GIM) II
A continuation of Music 1635A/B.

1649A: Studies in Music Theory I
Basic theory and analysis of tonal music from c.1700 to the early nineteenth century. Topics covered include diatonic harmony and voice-leading, the concept and practice of tonality, basic tonicization and modulation, and an introduction to musical form.

1650B: Studies in Music Theory II
A continuation of Music 1649A/B. Basic theory and analysis of tonal music from c.1700 to the early nineteenth century. Topics covered include harmonic sequences, applied dominant chords, extended tonicization and modulation, an introduction to modal mixture, and a study of the small forms of tonal music including binary, ternary and variation forms.

1730B: Introduction to Popular Music & Culture
An introduction to the study of the culture and history of popular music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and its links to other arts and media.

2000 Level Courses

2629: Composition I
An introductory course in composing for voices and instruments. The course will include analysis of pertinent repertoire.

2635A: General Integrated Musicianship (GIM) III
Development of basic musicianship skills through the practice and application of sight-singing techniques, ear-training procedures, and keyboard harmony exercises, in continuation of Music 1636A/B. Materials for all components will include chromatic melodies, applied chords and include multi-voiced textures. The keyboard harmony component will include harmonization of chromatic melodies, and advanced exercises in figured bass realization, transposition, and score reading.

2636B: General Integrated Musicianship (GIM) IV
A continuation of Music 2635A/B.

2649A: Studies in Music Theory III
A continuation of Music 1650A/B. Basic theory and analysis of chromatic tonal music from c.1700 to the late-nineteenth century. Topics covered include advanced modal mixture, the Neapolitan chord, augmented sixth chords, altered and extended chords, an introduction to late-Romantic harmony, and a study of form in Romantic Lied.

2650B: Studies in Music Theory IV
A continuation of Music 2649A/B. Basic theory and analysis of form in tonal music from c.1700 to the mid-nineteenth century. Topics include a study of the large forms of tonal music including composite ternary, rondo, sonata, and imitative contrapuntal forms.

2695A: Introduction to Electroacoustic Music Composition
A practical introduction to electroacoustic music composition, including digital hardware and software. Students will study appropriate concepts, terminology, and repertoire, and will compose original music in the electroacoustic medium.

3000 Level Courses

3603B: Analysis: Baroque and Classical Music
Selected topics in the analysis of musical form for music of the Baroque and/or Classical periods.

3604A: Analysis: Romantic Music
Selected topics in the analysis of musical form for music of the Romantic period.

3610A: Modal Counterpoint I
A study of the practice of modal counterpoint in sixteenth century style. Development of written skills through species counterpoint and free counterpoint in the style of Palestrina and other masters of sacred vocal polyphony, such as Victoria and Lasso.

3629: Composition II
Works in the larger forms for vocal and/or instrumental ensembles. Analysis with an emphasis on twentieth-century literature.

3640: Orchestration
Instruments of the orchestra and band. Timbres, ranges, transpositions, terminology, and score arranging. Arranging for orchestral and wind ensembles.

3649A: Studies in Music Theory V
Theory and analysis of post-tonal music from c.1890-1950, with emphasis on atonal and basic twelve-tone repertoire.

3650B: Studies in Music Theory VI
A continuation of material from Music 3649A/B. Theory and analysis of post-tonal music from c.1950 to the present, with emphasis on serial and post-serial repertoire.

3695: Electroacoustic Music Composition
Continued study of the terminology and technology of electronic music. Historical development, musique concrète, the "classical" studio, the synthesizer, and computer applications. Survey of the literature with some analysis. Compositional techniques and notation peculiar to electronic music and its real time performance.

3705B: Topics in Early Twentieth-Century Music - Arnold Schoenberg’s Vienna
(Prerequisites: 2711F/G and 1650A/B.)  Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and analytical study of music c. 1900 to 1950. The music of Arnold Schoenberg arose in the ferment of fin-de-siècle Vienna and reflects the anxieties and ideals of its time. This course examines the intersections between Schoenberg's music and the works and ideas of contemporaries from nonmusical fields. Instead of focusing on analytic method, the course will approach Schoenberg's music through elevant topics in philosophy, psychology, visual art, and architecture.

Note: This course will satisfy 0.5 course requirement in the “1.5 courses” category in Year 3 and Year 4 in the BMus Honours Music Theory, and BMus Music Honours Composition. Please request permission from the MRC Department Chair, Dr. David Myska [dmyska@uwo.ca].

4000 Level Courses

4629: Composition III
A continuation of Music 3629. Students will be expected to complete an extended work for large ensemble.

Contact Information


Department Chair
Dr. David Myska
TC 220
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85332
Email: dmyska@uwo.ca


Department Assistant
Linda Kusters
TC 220
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85332
Email: linda.kusters@uwo.ca