Courses

Department of Music Research and Composition

Courses offered in 2018-19

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.

View 2017-18 course outlines. (Please check back in late August to view 2018-19 outlines.)

Music Courses open only to non-music students

1000 Level Courses

(Not offered in 2018-19.)

Music Courses open to music and non-music students

1000 Level Courses

(Not offered in 2018-19.)

2000 Level Courses

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/B: 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.

3000 Level Courses

(Not offered in 2018-19.)

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.

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.

1750G: Music History: c.900 to c.1750
Survey of music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.

2000 Level Courses

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/B: 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.

2710F: Music History: c.1600 to c.1800
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 [in popular music]
Introduction to fundamental principles of recording using desktop music facilities.
(Prerequisites: one of 2700A/B, 2701A/B, 2702A/B; or for 2018-19 co-requisite: 2700B with permission)

3000 Level Courses

3700B: Topics in Medieval Music
Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and analytical study of medieval music (c. 900 - 1400).

3702A: Topics in Baroque Music – The Music of Bach’s Last Decade and Its Legacy
This course focuses on the late compositions of Bach, some of the most monumental works in the entire classical repertory.

3735A: Popular Music Songwriting
Introduction to the tools and techniques of songwriting in a variety of popular music styles.

3738B: Digital Production & Engineering
Theory and practice of project studio construction and implementation, including acoustic treatment and advanced tracking techniques.

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

3754A: The Symphony 1850 to Present
A study of symphonic music from the middle of the 19th century to the present.

3762A: Music and Politics
The study of music in selected socio-political contexts.

4000 Level Courses

4671B: Introduction to Music Research
A consideration of various issues and approaches to research in musicology and in music theory. Replaces 3791A/B and 4630Y. Prerequisites: Music 1710F/G, 1750F/G (or the former 1711F/G), 2710F/G, 2711F/G and 3650A/B

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

Music Theory / Composition Courses for Music Students

1000 Level Courses

1629A: Introduction to Composition
Introduction to musical elements and manipulation (pitch, rhythm, intensity, timbre, texture, and form), and appropriate repertoire.

1639: General Integrated Musicianship (GIM) I
Musicianship skills for basic diatonic materials. Topics include an introduction to solfège, tonal listening, sight singing, dictation and keyboard harmony.

1641: General Integrated Musicianship (GIM) II
A continuation of Music 1639. Musicianship skills for advanced diatonic materials. Topics include sight singing, dictation and keyboard harmony.

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.

1651B: Studies in Music Theory II
Continuation of Music 1649A/B. Intermediate theory and analysis of tonal music. Topics covered include harmonic sequences, an introduction to chromatic harmony, and the small forms of tonal music.

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
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
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

3601A: Schenkerian Analysis
A study of Schenkerian analytic techniques with application to small forms.

3602B: Chromatic Harmony
Selected topics in the theory and analysis of chromatic harmony for music of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

3620A: Tonal Counterpoint I
Study of the practice of tonal counterpoint in Baroque style. Development of written skills through species counterpoint and free counterpoint in the style of J. S. Bach. Composition of pieces such as choral preludes, binary dances, inventions, and fugal expositions.

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

3641A: Score Preparation and Instrumental Arranging
Instruments of the orchestra and band. Timbres, ranges, transpositions, terminology, and score arranging. Arranging for orchestral and/or 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
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.

3696B: Electroacoustic Music Composition

4000 Level Courses

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

4671B: Introduction to Music Research
A consideration of various issues and approaches to research in musicology and in music theory. Replaces 3791A/B and 4630Y. Prerequisites: Music 1710F/G, 1750F/G (or the former 1711F/G), 2710F/G, 2711F/G and 3650A/B

Contact Information


Department Chair
Kevin Mooney
TC 217
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 82043
Email: kmooney@uwo.ca

Undergraduate Assistant
Catherine Fraser
Talbot College, room 210
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85402
E-Mail: mrcdept@uwo.ca
Undergraduate Assistant
Linda Kusters
Talbot College, room 210
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85332
E-Mail:mrcdept@uwo.ca