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An African musical instrumentThe following music courses are offered by Waterloo's Department of Music at Conrad Grebel University College.  Most are open to Majors and Non-Majors.

For Course Descriptions & Requisites - Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar

For course offerings by term and for meeting days/times - Schedule of Classes

Course ID Course Name Course
Outline

Offered
(not official)

MUSIC 100 Understanding Music

Music 100 Section 001 - W15 (PDF)

Music 100 Section 002 - W15 (PDF)

Every term
MUSIC 111
Fundamentals of Music Theory

Music 111 - F14 (PDF)

Every Fall
MUSIC 116 Ensemble (first time taken) See Music Ensemble Courses below Every term
MUSIC 117 Ensemble (second time taken) See Music Ensemble Courses below Every term
MUSIC 140 Popular Music and Culture

Music 140 - F14 (PDF)

Every Fall and Spring
MUSIC 216 Ensemble (third time taken) See Music Ensemble Courses below Every term
MUSIC 217 Ensemble (fourth time taken) See Music Ensemble Courses below Every term
MUSIC 222 Conducting 1 Music 222 - F13 (PDF) Every Fall
MUSIC 226 Music Studio (first time taken) See Music Studio Courses below Every term
MUSIC 227 Music Studio (second time taken) See Music Studio Courses below Every term
MUSIC 231 Psychology of Music Music 231 - F13 (PDF)

TBA for 2016-17
(Normally Every 2 years)

MUSIC 240 Introduction to Jazz

Music 240 - W15 (PDF)

Every Winter
MUSIC 245 World Music

Music 245 - W15 (PDF)

Every Fall & Winter
MUSIC 246 Soundtracks: Music in Film

Music 246 - W15 (PDF)

Every Winter
MUSIC 253* Cathedral to Court: Music to 1600

Music 253 - W15 (PDF)

Winter 2015

MUSIC 254* Monteverdi to Mozart: 1600-1800

Music 254 - W15 (PDF)

Music 254 Schedule - W15 (PDF)

Fall 2015
Not offered 2016-17)*

MUSIC 255*

The Romantic Century: Beethoven & Beyond

Music 255 - W13 (PDF)

Winter 2016
(Not offered in 2014-15)*

MUSIC 256* Music Since 1900

Music 256 - F14 (PDF)

Music 256 schedule - F14 (PDF)

Fall 2015
(Not offered 2017-18)*

MUSIC 260 The Symphony

Music 260 - W12 (PDF)

Winter 2016?
(Every 2 years)

MUSIC 261 Opera

Music 261 - F14 (PDF)

Fall 2016
(Every 2 years)

MUSIC 270
Music Theory 1
Music 270 - W15 (PDF) Every term
MUSIC 271
Music Theory 2
Music 271 - W15 (PDF) Every Winter
MUSIC 275
Music and Technology

Music 275 - F14 (PDF)

Every Fall
MUSIC 290

Special Topics:

W15 - Choral Music (Prof. Mark Vuorinen)

Explore choral music through the lives and music of composers.

Music 290 - W15 (PDF)

Winter 2015

(As announced, with rotating topics)

MUSIC 316 Ensemble (fifth time taken) See Music Ensemble Courses below Every term
MUSIC 317 Ensemble (sixth time taken) See Music Ensemble Courses below Every term
MUSIC 322 Conducting 2 Music 322 - W15 (PDF) Every Winter
MUSIC 326 Music Studio (third time taken) See Music Studio Courses below Every term
MUSIC 327 Music Studio (fourth time taken) See Music Studio Courses below Every term
MUSIC 332 Aesthetics of Music Music 332 - W13 (PDF)

TBA [may offer in Fall 2016 instead]
(normally Every 3 years, Winter term)
 

MUSIC 334 Women, Music and Gender

Music 334 - F13 (PDF)

Fall 2015
(As announced)
MUSIC 355 Music and Culture Travel Course (rotates locations)

See Music and Travel Courses below

TBA -Spring 2016?
(can register in Winter or Spring term)

MUSIC 361 Art Song MUSIC 361 - Winter 2011 (PDF) Winter 2014
(Every 3 years, Winter term)
MUSIC 362 Piano Literature Music 362 - W15 (PDF) Winter 2015
(Every 3 years, Winter term)
MUSIC 363 Christian Hymnody Music/CMW 363 - F13 (PDF) Fall 2013
(Every 2 years, Fall term)
MUSIC 364 Worship and Music

Music 364 - F14 (PDF)

Fall 2016
(Every 2 years, Fall term)

MUSIC 370 Music Theory 3 (19th Century)

Music 370 - F14 (PDF)

Every Fall
MUSIC 371 Music Theory 4 (20th Century)

Music 371 - W15 (PDF)

Every Winter
MUSIC 376 Composition Seminar

Music 376 - F13 (PDF)

Winter 2016
(Every 2 years, usually Fall term)
MUSIC 380 Directed Study in Music (first time taken)   By arrangement
MUSIC 381 Directed Study in Music (second time taken)   By arrangement

MUSIC 390/ 391

Special Topics in Music

Fall 2014: Music 390/391 - Music & Ritual (Prof. Maisie Sum)

Winter 2015: Music 391/PACS 301 - Music, Peace & Conflict  (Prof. Maisie Sum & Prof. Reina Neufeldt)

Music 391/PACS 301 - W15 (PDF)

Winter 2016

(Normally every Winter with a different topic)

MUSIC 426 Music Studio
(fifth time taken)
See Music Studio Courses below Every term

MUSIC 427

Music Studio
(sixth time taken)
See Music Studio Courses below Every term
MUSIC
428
Music Studio
(sixth time taken, but with graduation recital)
See Music Studio Courses below Every term
MUSIC 491 Senior Honours Seminar Music 491 - F13 (PDF) By arrangement
(Every 2 years)
MUSIC 492 Senior Honours Thesis  

By arrangement

Updated Feb 19/15

*Note: Music History Courses--three of the four are offered every year:
Music 253: Cathedral and Court: Music to 1600
Music 254: Monteverdi to Mozart: Music from 1600-1800
Music 255: The Romantic Century: Beethoven and Beyond
Music 256: Music Since 1900

Music ensemble courses

The University of Waterloo's Music department invites all students, faculty, staff, and community members to join any of the seven musical ensembles that it sponsors and organizes. Waterloo students can participate in ensembles for credit or as an extracurricular activity. The Music department offers the following six ensembles: University Choir, Chapel Choir, University of Waterloo Chamber Choir, Vocal Techniques, Instrumental Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, and the World Music: Balinese Gamelan Ensemble. The sequence for enrolling in any music ensemble courses for credit, regardless of the particular ensemble, is as follows for all students:

  1. MUSIC 116 (first time taken)
  2. MUSIC 117 (second time taken)
  3. MUSIC 216 (third time taken)
  4. MUSIC 217 (fourth time taken)
  5. MUSIC 316 (fifth time taken)
  6. MUSIC 317 (sixth time taken)

For students enrolled in the ensemble for credit, they will be evaluated by the ensemble director on a pass/fail basis. Regular attendance at rehearsals is required and attendance at dress rehearsals and performances is mandatory. For musical reasons, admission to any particular ensemble is at the discretion of the director. See ensembles for more information on audition requirements, audition dates, and other ensemble-specific information.

Music Studio courses

Music Studio refers to individual instruction on an instrument or voice.  Individualized instruction is offered in the following (but not limited to) applied music areas:

  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Organ
  • Classical guitar
  • Percussion
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • French horn
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double bass
 

The sequence for enrolling in Music Studio courses, regardless of the particular instrument (or voice), is as follows for all students:

  1. MUSIC 226 (first time taken)
  2. MUSIC 227 (second time taken)
  3. MUSIC 326 (third time taken)
  4. MUSIC 327 (fourth time taken)
  5. MUSIC 426 (fifth time taken)
  6. MUSIC 427 (sixth time taken) or MUSIC 428 (sixth time taken, with graduation recital)

In order to enroll in Music Studio, students must be at a level equivalent to Royal Conservatory Grade 8 and have successfully auditioned with the Music faculty. See Music Studio for audition and other information. An additional studio fee per term will apply. Participation in at least one ensemble during studio term is required. 

Music travel course - MUSIC 355

Descripti​on

MUSIC 355 is a spring term seminar, approximately three weeks long in the month of May, that is taught on location. The seminar includes lectures, attendance at musical performances, and tours of places of cultural importance. Past and possible future locations include Vienna, London, New York, and South Africa. 

Prerequisite: MUSIC 100 or consent of instructor.  

Schedu​le

Cos​t

The cost of this trip varies, depending on the location and other factors.  The cost for the trip to London (2009) was $3,100, including tuition, airfare, housing, transportation, admission to events, and breakfast. A Music and Culture Award is available for students enrolled in this course, who have demonstrated involvement in the music department. The Chair of the Music department will announce when letters of interest are being accepted for this award.

More infor​mation

For more information on Music travel courses, contact the respective faculty member below:

  • Professor Kenneth Hull (London)
  • Professor Carol Ann Weaver (South Africa)

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