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The 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 and requisites, visit the undergraduate studies academic calendar.

For course offerings by term and for meeting dates/times, see the schedule of classes.

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Course ID Course name Course outline Offered (not official)
MUSIC 100 Understanding Music Music 100 - W17 (PDF) Every term
MUSIC 110 *New*

Music in Cultural Contexts

Antireq: MUSIC 100
(Intended for those in or wanting a Music Plan or with sufficient music history background)

Music 110 - W17 (PDF)

Music 110 Schedule - W17 (PDF)

Every fall term and winter term at the same time as MUSIC 100.
MUSIC 111 Fundamentals of Music Theory Music 111 F16 (PDF) Every fall term
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 F16 (PDF) Every fall term and spring term

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Course ID Course name Course outline Offered (not official)
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 F16 (PDF) Every fall term
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

Music Cognition

(was Psychology of Music)

Music 231 F16 (PDF) Fall term 2016 (normally every 2 years)

MUSIC 232

*New*

Music as a Global Phenomenon

Antireq: MUSIC 245
(if 245 was taken and you switched to new plan, it is counted as 232)

Music 232 F16 (PDF) Fall term 2016 (normally every fall term)

MUSIC 233

*New*

Musical Rhythm in Global Perspective

Music 233 - W17 (PDF)

Winter term 2017

(normally every winter term)

MUSIC 240 Introduction to Jazz Music 240 - W17 (PDF) Every winter term
MUSIC 245

World Music

(replaced by MUSIC 232)

Music 245 - F15 (PDF) Inactivated as of fall term 2016
MUSIC 246 Soundtracks: Music in Film

Music 246 - W17 (PDF)

Every winter term
MUSIC 253 Cathedral to Court: Music to 1600 Music 253 F16 (PDF) Fall term 2016 (not offered 2015-16)*
MUSIC 254 Monteverdi to Mozart: 1600-1800

Music 254 - F15 (PDF)

Music 254 schedule - F 15 (PDF)

Fall term 2017 (not offered 2016-17)*
MUSIC 255

The Romantic Century: Beethoven & Beyond

Music 255 - W17 (PDF)

Winter term 2017 (not offered 2014-15)*
MUSIC 256 Music Since 1900

Music 256 F16 (PDF)

Music 256 F16 schedule (PDF)

Fall term 2016 (not offered 2017-18)*
MUSIC 260 The Symphony Music 260 - W14 (PDF) Winter term 2019 (on a three-year rotation with 261 and 262)
MUSIC 261 Opera Music 261 - F14 (PDF) Winter term 2020 (on a three year rotation with 260 and 262)
MUSIC 262

Music for Vocal Ensemble

Antireq: MUSIC 290 "Choral Music" taken Winter 2015

Music 290 - W15 (PDF) 2017-18 year (on a three-year rotation with 260 and 261)
MUSIC 270
Music Theory 1
Every term
MUSIC 271
Music Theory 2
Music 271 - W17 (PDF) Every winter term
MUSIC 275
Music and Technology

Music 275 F16 (PDF)

Music 275 F16 schedule (PDF)

Every fall term
MUSIC 290

Special Topics:

(repeatable, subject to different content; may be completed a total of 3 times)

  (As announced, with rotating topics)

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Course ID Course name Course outline Offered (not official)
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 (except not offered winter term 2017)
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 - W17 (PDF) Winter term 2017

MUSIC 333

*New*

Music and Landscape

Antireq: Music 390 taken Winter 2011 or 2014
Prereq: Level at least 2A

 

TBA

(2017-18 year)

MUSIC 334 Women, Music and Gender Music 334/WS 334 - F15 (PDF)

TBA

MUSIC 335

*New*

Perspectives in Music and Peace

Antireq: Music 391 and PACS 301 "Music, Peace and Conflict" taken W15

Prereq: Level at least 2A
Cross-listed as: PACS 335

Music 335-PACS 335 - W17 (PDF) Winter term 2017
MUSIC 355

Music and Culture Travel Course (rotates locations)

Spring 2016 - London & Leipzig (Prof. Ken Hull)

See Music and Travel Courses below TBA - spring term

(can register in winter term or spring term)
MUSIC 361 Art Song Music 361 - W17 (PDF) Winter term 2017
(every 3 years, winter term)
MUSIC 362 Piano Literature Music 362 - W15 (PDF) Winter term 2018
(every 3 years, winter term)
MUSIC 363

The Christian Hymn

(was Christian Hymnody)

Music 363/ CMW363/ RS 357 - F15 (PDF) Fall term 2017
(every 2 years, fall term)
MUSIC 364

Worship and its Music

(was Worship and Music)

Music 364 F16 (PDF) Fall term 2016
(every 2 years, fall term)
MUSIC 370 Music Theory 3 (19th Century) Music 370 F16 (PDF) Every fall term
MUSIC 371 Music Theory 4 (20th Century)

Music 371 - W17 (PDF)

Every winter term
MUSIC 376 Composition Seminar Music 376 - F15 (PDF) Fall term 2017
(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

Note: 391 inactivated as of fall term term 2017

Special Topics in Music

(repeatable, subject to different content; may be completed a total of 3 times)

Winter 2016: Music 390-01/391-01/PACS 301-02- Music and Peace, Music and War Professor Mark Vuorinen

Winter 2016:
Music 390-02/391-02- Bali, Community, and New Music Creations Dewa Suparta, artist-in-residence

Winter 2015: Music 391/PACS 301 - Music, Peace and Conflict  Professor Maisie Sum and Professor Reina Neufeldt

fall term term 2014: Music 390/391 - Music and Ritual Professor Maisie Sum


Section 01 - Topic Description W16 (PDF)


Section 02 - Topic Description W16 (PDF)


TBA

(normally every winter term, with different topics offered)

MUSIC 392

*New*

Special Topics in Global Music

(repeatable, subject to different content; may be completed a total of 2 times)

Winter 2017:  Intro to Balinese Music Dewa Suparta, artist-in-residence

Music 392: Intro to Bali - W17 (PDF)

Winter term 2017

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Course ID Course name Course outline Offered (not official)
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 Seminar   By arrangement

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Above charge updated: January 27, 2017

*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 (including Bass Clarinet)
  • Saxophone

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, Bali and Estonia. 

Prerequisite: MUSIC 100 or consent of instructor.  

Schedu​le

TBA

Cos​t

The cost of this trip varies, depending on the location and other factors.  The cost usually includes 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 or contact the music undergraduate advisor, Prof. Maisie Sum:

  • TBA

Arts Course Enrollment link