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.

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Ensemble Courses | Studio courses | Travel courses | Directed Studies | Research Seminar & Thesis

Course ID Course name Course outline Offered (not official; subject to change)
MUSIC 100 Understanding Music

Music 100 - W21 Remote (PDF, accessible format)

Every term
MUSIC 110

How Music Matters

(formerly called: Music in Cultural Contexts)

(Antireq: MUSIC 100 removed Sept 1 2021)

(Required for those in or wanting a Music major or minor or elective students with sufficient music history background)

Music 110 - W21 Remote (PDF, accessible format)

Every fall term and winter term

MUSIC 111

Fundamentals of Music Theory

Music 111 - W21 Remote (PDF, accessible format)

Every fall and winter term
MUSIC 116

any Ensemble (first time taken)
   **counts towards the EDGE certificate program

See music ensemble courses below Every term
MUSIC 117

any Ensemble (second time taken)
   **counts towards the EDGE certificate program

See music ensemble courses below Every term
MUSIC 140 Popular Music and Culture

Music 140 - W21 Remote (PDF, accessible format)

Every term

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Course ID Course name Course outline Offered (not official)
CMW 201/202 Worship Practicum CMW 201/202 - F19 (PDF, accessible format)

normally

201 every fall term
202 every winter term

MUSIC 216

any Ensemble (third time taken)
   **counts towards the EDGE certificate program

See music ensemble courses below Every term
MUSIC 217 any Ensemble (fourth time taken)
   **counts towards the EDGE certificate program
See music ensemble courses below Every term
MUSIC 222 Conducting 1

Music 222 - F20 Remote (PDF, accessible format)

Every fall term
MUSIC 226 Music Studio (first time taken)

Music Studio (226-426) - S21 Remote (PDF, accessible)

See music studio courses below

Every term
MUSIC 227 Music Studio (second time taken)

See Music 226 above.

See music studio courses below

Every term
MUSIC 231

Music Cognition

(was Psychology of Music)

Music 231 - F19 (PDF, accessible format) Fall 2021
(normally every 3 years)

MUSIC 232

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 - W21 Remote (PDF - accessible format)

Winter 2022

(Normally Every winter term)

MUSIC 233

Musical Rhythm in Global Perspective

Music 233 - W19 (PDF - accessible format)

Fall 2021

(Normally Every fall term)

MUSIC 240 Introduction to Jazz

Music 240 - W21 REMOTE (PDF - accessible format)

Every winter term
MUSIC 246 Soundtracks: Music in Film

Music 246 - W21 Remote (PDF, accessible format)

Every fall and winter term
MUSIC 253 Cathedral to Court: Music to 1600

Music 253 - F20 Remote (PDF, accessible format)

Fall 2021 (not offered ??)*
MUSIC 254 Monteverdi to Mozart: 1600-1800

Music 254 - F17 (PDF, accessible format)

Music 254 schedule - F17 (PDF)

(not offered 2021-2022)*
MUSIC 255

The Romantic Century: Beethoven & Beyond

Music 255 - F20 Remote (PDF - accessible format)

Fall 2021 (not offered ??)*
MUSIC 256 Music Since 1900

Music 256 - W21 Remote (PDF - accessible format)

Music 256 Schedule - W21 Remote (PDF - accessible format)

Winter 2022

(not offered 2021-22)*

MUSIC 260 The Symphony Music 260 - W21 Remote (PDF - accessible format)

Winter 2022

(not 2021-22)

(normally on a three-year rotation with 261 and 262)

MUSIC 261 Opera Music 261 - F20 Remote (PDF - accessible format)

(not 2021-22)

(normally 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)

Music 262 - W18 (PDF - accessible format)

(not 2021-22)

(normally on a three-year rotation with 260 and 261)

MUSIC 270
 
 

Music 270 - W21 Remote (PDF, accessible format)

Every term
MUSIC 271 Music 271 - W21 Remote (PDF - accessible format) Every winter term
MUSIC 275
Music and Technology

Music 275 - F20 Remote (PDF accessible format)

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 any Ensemble (fifth time taken)
   **counts towards the EDGE certificate program
See Music Ensemble Courses below Every term
MUSIC 317 any Ensemble (sixth time taken)
   **counts towards the EDGE certificate program
See Music Ensemble Courses below Every term
MUSIC 322 Conducting 2

Music 322 - W21 Remote (PDF - accessible format)

(not W22 this year)

Winter 2023
(Normally every Winter)

MUSIC 326 Music Studio (third time taken)

See Music 226 above.

See Music Studio Courses below

Every term
MUSIC 327 Music Studio (fourth time taken)

See Music 226 above.

See Music Studio Courses below

Every term
MUSIC 332 Aesthetics of Music Music 332 - W21 Remote (PDF, accessible format)

tba

(on rotation with 332)

MUSIC 333

Music and Landscape

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

Music 333 - W18 (PDF - accessible format)

Winter 2022

MUSIC 334 Women & Music

Music 334 - W19 (PDF - accessible format)

Fall 2021

MUSIC 335

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)

tba

(every 3 years)

MUSIC 355

Music and Culture Travel Course (rotates locations)

See Music and Travel Courses below

tba (Bali, Indonesia)

(can register for winter term or spring term)

MUSIC 361 Art Song Music 361 - W17 (PDF) Winter 2020
(every 2-3 years, winter term)
MUSIC 362 Piano Literature

Music 362 - W18 (PDF, accessible format)

Winter 2022
(every 2-3 years, winter term)

MUSIC 363/CMW 363

The Christian Hymn

(was Christian Hymnody)

Music 363/CMW363/RS375 - F17 (PDF)

Fall 2021
(usually every 2 years, fall term)

MUSIC 364/CMW 364

Worship and its Music

(was Worship and Music)

CMW-MUS 364_ RS358 - W21 Remote (PDF accessible format)

Winter 2021
(usually every 2 years, fall term)
MUSIC 370 Music Theory 3 (19th Century) Music 370 - F20 Remote (PDF, accessible format) Every fall term
MUSIC 371 Music Theory 4 (20th Century)

Music 371 - W19 (PDF - accessible format)

not Winter 2022 term

(usually ever winter)  Contact Dr. Sunabacka for details

MUSIC 376 Composition Seminar Music 376 - F19 (PDF, accessible format)

Winter 2022 (not 2020-21)
(normally every 2 years)
Contact Dr. Sunabacka for details

MUSIC 380 Directed Study in Music (first time taken)   By arrangement
MUSIC 381 Directed Study in Music (second time taken)   By arrangement

MUSIC 390

Note: Music 391 inactivated as of fall 2017

Special Topics in Music

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

-------Past topics---------

Fall 2019:
Music, Health & Healing
Professor Maisie Sum

Winter 2018:
Bach's Sacred Vocal Music Professor Kenneth Hull

Fall 2018:
Orchestration & Arranging
Professor Karen Sunabacka

Fall 2017:
Music, Health & Healing Professor Maisie Sum

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

 

tba

(As announced, with rotating topics and instructors)

MUSIC 392

Special Topics in Global Music

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

Winter 2022: Bali, Community, and New Music Creations
Dewa Suparta, artist-in-residence

------Past topics---------------

Winter 2019: Bali, Community, and New Music Creations
Dewa Suparta, artist-in-residence

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


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Music 392 - W19 (PDF - accessible format)

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Music 392: Intro to Bali - W17 (PDF)

Winter 2022

(as announced, with rotating topics)

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Course ID Course name Course outline Offered (not official)

MUSIC 416

*NEW Fall 2020

any Ensemble (seventh time taken)
   **counts towards the EDGE certificate program
See Music Ensemble Courses below Every term starting Fall 2020

MUSIC 417

*NEW Fall 2020

any Ensemble (eighth time taken)
   **counts towards the EDGE certificate program
See Music Ensemble Courses below Every term starting Fall 2020
MUSIC 426 Music Studio
(fifth time taken)

See Music 226 above.

See music studio courses below

Every term
MUSIC 427

Music Studio
(sixth time taken)

Antireq: Music 428

See Music 226 above.

See music studio courses below

Every term
MUSIC 428

Music Studio
(sixth time taken, but with graduation recital)

Antireq: Music 427

Music Studio with grad recital - S21 Remote (PDF, accessible)

See music studio courses below

Every term
MUSIC 491 Senior Honours Research Seminar   By arrangement
 
MUSIC 492 Senior Honours Thesis   By arrangement

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Above chart updated: June 28, 2021

*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 eight musical ensembles that it sponsors and organizes. Waterloo students can participate in ensembles for credit (0.25 untis, CR/NCR) 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, Orchestra@UWaterloo, 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)
  7. MUSIC 416 (seventh time taken)
  8. MUSIC 417 (eighth 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.

Each of the above ensemble courses can count towards the EDGE certificate program.

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:

Note: When studio is offered through on-line or remote learning, not all of the listed instruments are offered.  Contact the music department for more information.

  • 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 enrol 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, including availability to non-majors. An additional studio fee per term will apply. Participation in an 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. See website.

Prerequisite: Department consent 

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 or contact the music undergraduate advisor, Prof. Maisie Sum

Directed Studies: 380 and 381

Upper-year Music majors and minors are eligible to propose a course of directed studies (Music 380 or 381), which entails individual study of a specialized topic under the guidance of a full-time member of the music faculty.

The purpose of the directed studies course is to permit students to pursue a topic of the student's own choosing. Students might be interested in pursuing further studies beyond an existing course they have taken (e.g. composition, piano literature, medieval music, women in music, psychology of music, etc.).  Alternatively, the student might wish to propose studies in areas not served by the existing music curriculum (e.g. arranging, analysis, biography, etc). A Directed Studies course may involve a regime of reading, listening, score analysis, or a project of the student's devising. A major goal of the Directed Studies courses is to encourage students to read scholarly writings on music and to increase their familiarity with musical repertoire.

Since supervision is at the discretion of the faculty member, the student needs to show sufficient initiative, independence, and resourcefulness to attract the voluntary participation of a faculty member.

Students are encouraged to speak to the Undergraduate Officer and submit a directed-studies proposal before the term in which they would like to take the course.

Admission to Music 380 and Music 381 requires Music Department consent.

Honours Research Seminar & Thesis: 491 and 492

Music 491 and 492 are open to Music majors (level at least 3A) through Department consent.


Music 491: Honours Research Seminar (0.5 units)

This is designed to give students an opportunity to develop and hone research and writing techniques through individual research projects and regular meetings with other students and faculty.

Music 492: Senior Honours Thesis (0.5 units)

Students may wish to write a Senior Honours Thesis over two terms rather than a term paper. This can be done by taking Music 491 followed by 492 in a subsequent term. Students are encouraged, however, to identify their intention of writing a before embarking on Music 491, so that a suitable faculty advisor can be found and so that the project’s scope and topic can be adapted accordingly.

The length of the thesis should be between 5000 and 7500 words.  The final copy should be typed, double spaced, and include footnotes or endnotes and bibliography. The grade for Music 492 is based on the final essay submission and is assigned by the faculty advisor and a second reader.

The student is expected to demonstrate at the end of Music 492:  

1. Sufficient familiarity with some of the basic and most essential literature on the subject (primary and secondary sources)

2.  Clarity on the main issues and the related issues to the subject

3.  The ability to make a reasonably learned exposition of the question(s) under discussion

4.  Some comprehensiveness, inclusion of knowledge from various fields of music, and awareness of their methodologies.

***Music 491 and 492 are recommended for all Honours Music students intending to pursue graduate studies.


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