Faculty of Music

Opportunities for Non-Music Majors

Do you play an instrument or sing? Do you like to dance? Consider taking some of the following courses or auditioning for a place in one of Western's outstanding musical ensembles! All Western students - regardless of major - are eligible to audition.



Summer 2017 Courses

The following courses are available for registration for non-Music majors in Summer 2017. Register via Student Central.

Music 1122a - Fundamentals of Music Theory (online)

A concise introduction to music theory that will develop both practical and intellectual fluency with musical skills and concepts. Not available for credit for Music students.

Music 2702a - Introduction to Jazz (online)

A survey of various styles of jazz. Consideration of artists, jazz ensembles, the harmonic and rhythmic language of jazz, and performing practices, including the nature and role of improvisation. Also available to Music students.


2016 – 2017

The following courses are available for registration for non-Music majors. Register via Student Central.

All course information can be found in the Western Academic Calendar.


List of Courses

Music 1925, 2925, 3925, 4925 - Elective Applied Study (Lessons)

Individual lessons.  For students registered in a Faculty other than Music, and for Music students registered in a year in which Applied Music study is not required, or who are eligible for the study of more than one principal instrument.  Prerequisite: Audition and permission of the Dean. Non Music students must contact the Faculty of Music before classes begin to receive audition information (Grade VI conservatory level). Students will be billed a fee upon registration. 

1.0 course. The fee is $1950.00

Music 1925 Music 1925 (lessons for non-Bachelor of Music students)

Audition information:

Lessons for Non Bachelor of Music Students

If a student is currently registered in 1925 and wants to use their year-end jury as an audition for BMus, they must to take the following two steps:

  1. Inform the Admissions Officer, Odilla Van Delinder, TC210, ovandeli@uwo.ca, of their intent to do this so that she can get the information into her records and prepare an audition form.

  2. Inform Melaney Mathews, TC232, mamathew@uwo.ca, so that she can alert the jurors that they will be filling out an audition form for BMus, as well as a jury report form.

Music 1102a/b - Listening to Music

A basic course to acquaint students with the materials of music and to give a broad perspective of the history of music. Through guided listening, the student will be exposed to a wide variety of musical styles.
Antirequisite: Music 040.  

3 hours, 0.5 course. May be available for credit in BA (Music) programs with permission of the Dean.

Music 1122a/b - Fundamentals of Music Theory

A concise introduction to music theory that will develop both practical and intellectual fluency with musical skills and concepts. Not available for credit for music students.

3 hours, 0.5 course.

Music 1170a - Introduction to Musics of the World

A survey of music cultures from across the world, including Indigenous musics. The course explores both the organization of musical sound and uses of music in social life. Lecture format, audio and video examples, guest presentations, and hands-on experience.

3 hours, 0.5 course.

Music 1695a/b - Introduction to Electroacoustic Music Systems

This course will introduce technical concepts and identification skills related to electroacoustic music processes abundantly prevalent in music today.

3 hours, 0.5 course.

Music 2104a/b - Foundations in Singing

The techniques of singing, vocal repertoire, and performance styles introduced in a group setting. Some solo and small group performances are assigned as determined by individual need and level of ability. Participants in this course should be able to read music. This course is not available to Bachelor of Music students.

3 hours, 0.5 course.

Music 2171b - Introduction to Ethnomusicology

Examines the history, principles, and methods of Ethnomusicology. Coursework may include transcription, ethnography, and fieldwork.

3 hours, 0.5 course.

Music 2700a/b - Post World War II 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.

3 hours, 0.5 course.

Music 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.

3 hours, 0.5 course.

Music 2702b - Introduction to Jazz

A survey of various styles of jazz. Consideration of artists, jazz ensembles, the harmonic and rhythmic language of jazz, and performing practices, including the nature and role of improvisation.

3 hours, 0.5 course.

Music 2708b - Special Topics: Musical Theatre II

Special topics on the study of music history: Musical Theatre II.

3 hours, 0.5 course.

Music 3713a - Topics in Ethnomusicology

Selected topics in ethnomusicology – the study of musical traditions in their cultural and social contexts.
Prerequisite: One of Music 1710f/g, Music 1170a/b/y, or Music 2171a/b/y.

3 hours, 0.5 course.

Music 3862b - Celtic Music

This multidisciplinary course surveys musical and cultural wealth of the Celtic diasporas (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Celtic England, Brittany, and Galicia) from a North American perspective. Drawing on local music scenes as well as online and print resources, this inquiry-driven course integrates solo and ensemble music making, reflective analysis, and opportunities for creative curriculum generation.

3 hours, 0.5 course.

Dance 2174a/b - Dance Basics

Students with no previous dance training develop movement awareness, coordination and skill through practice and analysis of basic movements and combinations from dance types such as modern, ballet, theatre, character and ballroom. Learning will include rhythmic components associated with step and movement patterns.
Antirequisite: The former Dance 2475a/b.

6 lecture/laboratory hours, 0.5course.

Dance 2270a/b - Dance Improvisation

Students will explore improvisation as a process that facilitates the spontaneous response to cues and stimuli for the purpose of opening doorways to their own movement creativity. Topics will consider relaxation, improvisational states, structures for improvisations, participant and leader roles, building group trust, and the progression from spontaneity to form.

1 lecture hour, 3 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Dance 2274a/b - Movement Making 

The ability to create movement combinations, patterns, and sequences based on specific guidelines or components is essential for those who work in applied movement fields such as fitness, recreation, and teaching. The building process, understanding and use of essential and accessory ingredients, and development of instructor skills will be considered.
Prerequisite: Previous movement training or experience is recommended.

4 lecture/laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Dance 2275a/b - Introduction to Modern Dance Technique

Development of movement skills and application of theoretical knowledge that will assist the student in understanding and appreciating Modern Dance as a physical activity and an art form.
Prerequisite: Previous dance training or experience required.

6 lecture/laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Dance 2276a/b - Elementary Modern Dance Technique

Studies begun in Dance 2275a/b are continued and developed to give a deeper understanding of the movement skills and theoretical materials that apply to the technical study of Modern Dance.
Prerequisite: Dance 2275a/b or permission of Music.

6 lecture/laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Dance 2375a/b - Ballet Fundamentals 

Development of classical ballet techniques through in-depth study of body line, posture and weight placement, coordinated use of arms and eyeline, and the relationship between musicality and dynamics. Sessions will be comprised of rigorous ballet classes where the foundations of techniques and movement combinations are discussed as part of the class.
Antirequisite: The former Dance 472b 2006-2008, or Dance 4472b 2009.
Prerequisite: Dance 2275a/b or permission of Music.

6 lecture/laboratory hours, 0.5course.

Dance 2476a/b - Introduction to Theatre Dance

Development of movement skills and application of theoretical knowledge that will assist the student in understanding and appreciating various dance types and styles that are used in musical and theatre productions including modern, tap, jazz, ballroom and Latin American dance.
Prerequisite: 1.0 credit from Dance 2275a/b, 2276a/b, 2375a/b, or permission of Music.

6 lecture/laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Dance 3371a/b - Beginning Dance Composition and Production

Individual creative movement exploration and problem solving, using the elements of dance to express ideas, feelings and/or images in the finished product of a dance composition.
Prerequisite: Dance 2270a/b, 2274a/b, or permission of Music.

2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

Dance 3372a/b - Intermediate Dance Composition and Production

Group creative movement exploration and problem solving using form and structure of movement to express ideas, feelings and/or images in the finished product of a dance composition.
Prerequisite: Dance 3371a/b or permission of Music.

2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.