Sample First Year Courses

Bachelor of Music students share a common first year. BMus Years 1 and 2 include core courses such as Music History, Music Theory and Music Skills. Lessons, masterclasses and ensemble participation are included in all streams. Bachelor of Musical Arts students complete a common first year similar to the Bachelor of Music with more flexibility in course selection in upper years.

Introduction to Music Education

Welcome! This course will provide you with an introduction to key selected questions and issues in music education theory and practice. The aim is to provide a stimulating and challenging environment in which you are encouraged to think about the nature and roles of music education in schools and society at large.

Music Theory II

This course in music theory and analysis focuses on Western art music from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It introduces chromatic harmony—that is, techniques for combining chords from more than one key—and some common formal types.

Vocal Methods

Vocal Methods is a foundations course designed to provide an opportunity for students to develop their unique expressive skills. Students will explore the fundamentals of singing, including (but not limited to) voice function, breath control, tone production, diction (basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet), vocal health, solo and ensemble singing.

Symphonic Band

The Western University Symphonic Band has a long-standing history of musical achievement. It was the first large instrumental ensemble at the university over 50 years ago. Our goals are to explore quality music written for the wind band and to perform it with mastery.

Musical Theatre

This course focuses on the American musical theatre of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and will involve a survey of the history of the Broadway musical through the study of selected works from the repertoire. We will look at how the different elements of the musical (music, lyrics, book, choreography, and direction) work together to create a performance.

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