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Master of Music (M.Mus.); Sound Recording (Non-Thesis) (60 credits)

Offered by: Music     Degree: Master of Music

Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites (27 credits)

Required Courses (21 credits)

  • MUCO 260 Instruments of the Orchestra (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Composition : An introductory study of the instruments of string, woodwind and brass families, elementary acoustics of the instruments. Techniques of playing including embouchure, fingering, bowing, hand-stopping, transposing instruments. Evolution of the instruments, their technique and their music from the 18th century to the present.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Jean Lesage (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MUTH 150 or MUTH 111 or MUJZ 160
    • Restriction: Not open to students in the Major Composition
    • Priority will be given to students in the Minor Composition and Special Students in the prerequisite package for Sound Recording. Other students may be admitted with permission of the instructor.
  • MUMT 250 Music Perception and Cognition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Technology : Basic processes by which the brain transforms sound waves into musical events, dimensions, systems and structures and the processes by which musicians imagine new musical sounds and structures and plan movements that produce music on instruments.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: David Sears (Winter)

  • MUSR 232 Introduction to Electronics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Sound Recording : Basics of electricity including: Ohm's law, electronic components, DC circuits, block diagram, amplifiers, filters, power supplies, electrical measurements (frequency levels, distortion). Emphasis will be placed on electronics applied to audio.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Robert Gaskell (Fall)

    • 2 hours lecture plus 2 hours laboratory.
    • Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 112. Available as Arts/Science elective in B.Mus. programs.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUMT 232.
  • MUSR 300D1 Introduction to Music Recording (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Sound Recording : The theory and practice of music recording including a study of recording environments, equipment and studio techniques. The analysis of music scores and recordings with respect to the requirements and possibilities of the recording studio. Studio work will include recording sessions, recording of live concerts, editing, mixing and music p.a.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Brett Leonard (Fall)

    • 3 hours lecture plus 4 hours studio time.
    • Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
    • It is recommended that all students taking this course register concurrently for PHYS 224 Physics of Music if they do not already have a background in this subject.
    • Students must register for both MUSR 300D1 and MUSR 300D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 300D1 and MUSR 300D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUMT 300D1/D2.
  • MUSR 300D2 Introduction to Music Recording (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Sound Recording : See MUSR 300D1 for description.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Brett Leonard (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUSR 300D1.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 300D1 and MUSR 300D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
  • MUSR 339 Introduction to Electroacoustics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Sound Recording : Basic principles of operation and design of electroacoustical devices and systems; transducers and signal processing devices; magnetic tape sound recording - reproducing systems; disc recording, motion picture sound recording and reproducing systems; practical demonstration of some of these devices and associated measuring, testing and analyzing equipment and techniques.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Brett Leonard (Winter)

    • 2 hours lecture plus 2 hours laboratory.
    • Prerequisite: MUSR 232 (previously MUMT 232). Available as Arts/Science elective in B.Mus. programs.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUMT 339.
  • PHYS 224 Physics of Music (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physics : An introduction to the physics of music. Properties of sound and their perception as pitch, loudness, and timbre. Dissonance, consonance, and musical intervals and tuning. Physics of sound propagation and reflection. Resonance. Acoustic properties of pipes, strings, bars, and membranes, and sound production in wind, string, and percussion instruments. The human voice. Room reverberation and acoustics. Directional characteristics of sound sources.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Brigitte Vachon (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures
    • Designed for students in the Faculty of Music but suitable for students with an interest in music and its physical basis.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHYS 225

Complementary Music Technology Courses (6 credits)
3 credits from:

  • MUMT 202 Fundamentals of New Media (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Technology : A theoretical and practical introduction to selected areas of music technology. Topics include digital audio and sampling theory, MIDI and sequencing, audio editing and mixing, elementary sound recording, score editing software and current areas of research interest.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Vincent Freour, Charalampos Saitis (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: none
    • Restriction: Open to all students though priority will be given to students in the Music Technology MAT Minor, followed by Schulich School of Music students.
  • MUMT 203 Introduction to Digital Audio (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Technology : An introduction to digital audio and the technologies involved in its practical realization and use in computer music. Topics will include audio signals and systems, sampling & quantization, signal encoding, compression, transmission and storage, filters, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, digital audio effects, sound sampling and synthesis techniques.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Marcelo Wanderley (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Restriction(s): Open only to students in the Music Technology MST Minor or by permission of the instructor.

3 credits from:

  • MUMT 302 New Media Production 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Technology : Techniques for producing and manipulating music and sound for new media applications. Synthesis techniques including FM, granular and physical modeling. Audio effects including delay, reverberation, dynamics processing, and filtering. Audio compression, HCI and MIR concepts.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Charalampos Saitis, David Romblom (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MUMT 202
    • Restriction: Open only to students in the Music Technology MAT Minor or by permission of the instructor.
  • MUMT 306 Music and Audio Computing 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Technology : Concepts, algorithms, data structures, and programming techniques for the development of music and audio software, ranging from musical instrument design to interactive music performance systems.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Gary Scavone (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: Previous digital audio and object-oriented programming experience.
    • Restriction(s): Open only to students in the Music Technology MST Minor or by permission of the instructor.

1) Students admitted as a Special Student in the prerequisite package for Sound Recording must meet with the Sound Recording Adviser prior to registering in MUMT (Music Technology) courses. In order to be considered for admission to the Master of Music in Sound Recording, students must attain a minimum grade of B in all of the above courses, and must have a B.Mus. degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.00.

2) MUMT 202 and MUMT 203 cover overlapping material, but MUMT 203 requires a much stronger background in Mathematics. If in doubt, please consult the instructor.

3) MUMT 306 (Music and Audio Computing 1) can be taken by adept programmers in place of MUMT 302 (New Media Production 1).

Required Courses (51 credits)

  • MUSR 629D1 Technical Ear Training (2 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : This course will, through a sequence of specific auditory exercises, develop and improve students' aural sensitivity to small changes in sound quality. Students train to identify spectral variables in sound, develop stable reference of sound quality and learn about spectral characteristics of musical instruments.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: James Clemens-Seely (Fall)

    • 1 hour tutorial, 2 hours laboratory.
    • Students must register for both MUSR 629D1 and MUSR 629D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 629D1 and MUSR 629D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUMT 629D1/D2.
  • MUSR 629D2 Technical Ear Training (2 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : See MUSR 629D1 for description.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: James Clemens-Seely (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUSR 629D1.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 629D1 and MUSR 629D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • MUSR 667 Digital Studio Technology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : Technical and operational characteristics of different digital recording systems currently employed by the recording industry.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Robert Gaskell (Winter)

    • 3 hours lecture
  • MUSR 668 Digital/Analog Audio Editing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : Using analog and digital record/playback equipment, students learn, through practice, the art of replacing, patching, rebalancing, reconstructing, or generally speaking, improving recorded music through editing. Teaching will include cut and splice editing, disk-based editing, and editing by transfer and mixing.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Jeremy Tusz (Fall)

    • 1 hour tutorial, 3 hours studio time.
  • MUSR 669D1 Topics: Classical Music Recording (1.5 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : Issues involving classical music recording. Topics may include: analysis of performance styles, acoustics of concert halls, production of music videos, seminars with recording producers, tonmeisters, classical music in multimedia, and others.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Steven Epstein (Fall)

    • 3 hours lecture
    • Students must register for both MUSR 669D1 and MUSR 669D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 669D1 and MUSR 669D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
    • MUSR 669D1 and MUSR 669D2 together are equivalent to MUSR 669.
  • MUSR 669D2 Topics: Classical Music Recording (1.5 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : See MUSP 669D1 for description.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Steven Epstein (Winter)

    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite: MUSR 669D1.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 669D1 and MUSR 669D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
    • MUSR 669D1 and MUSR 669D2 together are equivalent to MUSR 669.
  • MUSR 670D1 Recording Theory and Practice 1 (5 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : Theoretical and practice study of recording equipment, procedures and techniques. Recording sessions and live stereo recording, using the recording studio, concert hall and portable equipment for on-location recording. Also included will be an introduction to the areas of radio drama, broadcast recording and radio commercials.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Wieslaw Woszczyk, Carl Talbot (Fall)

    • 3 hours seminar, 6 hours studio time.
    • Prerequisite: MUMT 300.
    • Students must register for both MUSR 670D1 and MUSR 670D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 670D1 and MUSR 670D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
  • MUSR 670D2 Recording Theory and Practice 1 (5 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : See MUSR 670D1 for description.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Carl Talbot (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUSR 670D1.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 670D1 and MUSR 670D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
  • MUSR 671D1 Recording Theory and Practice 2 (5 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : Emphasis on multi-track recording theory and practice. The course will also concentrate on expanded multi-track procedures: signal processing, overdubbing, mixing, editing, and producing.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: George Massenburg, Richard King (Fall)

    • 3 hours seminar, 6 hours studio time.
    • Prerequisite: MUSR 670D1/D2 (formerly MUMT 670D1/D2).
    • Students must register for both MUSR 671D1 and MUSR 671D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 671D1 and MUSR 671D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
  • MUSR 671D2 Recording Theory and Practice 2 (5 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : See MUSR 671D1 for description.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: George Massenburg, Richard King (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUSR 671D1.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 671D1 and MUSR 671D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
  • MUSR 672D1 Analysis of Recordings (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : The analysis of recording engineering, production, performance, aesthetics and technical quality of selected recordings.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Wieslaw Woszczyk, Carl Talbot (Fall)

    • 3 hours.
    • Students must register for both MUSR 672D1 and MUSR 672D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 672D1 and MUSR 672D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
  • MUSR 672D2 Analysis of Recordings (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : See MUSR 672D1 for description.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Carl Talbot, George Massenburg (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUSR 672D1.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 672D1 and MUSR 672D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
  • MUSR 674 Electronic and Electroacoustic Measurement (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : This course demonstrates the instruments, measurement procedures, and techniques used in a recording studio to determine the acoustical properties of a room and the transfer functions of devices used in a studio. Theoretical lectures on electronic test instrumentation and measurement methods are combined with practical application.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: George Massenburg (Fall)

    • 1 1/2 hours lecture, 1 1/2 hours laboratory
  • MUSR 677D1 Audio for Video Post-Production (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : Theoretical study includes historical analysis of sound for image, audio post-production process for film and video, aesthetic and technical considerations in sound design, time code and synchronization, and final mix formats. Practical skills include field recording, sound library management, sound design, dialog, effects and music editing, and final mix process.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Geoffrey P Mitchell (Fall)

    • 3 hours seminar, 4 hours studio time.
    • Students must register for both MUSR 677D1 and MUSR 677D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 677D1 and MUSR 677D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
  • MUSR 677D2 Audio for Video Post-Production (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : See MUSR 677D1 for description.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Richard King (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUSR 677D1.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MUSR 677D1 and MUSR 677D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.
  • MUSR 678 Advanced Digital Editing and Post-Production (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Sound Recording : This course covers advanced concepts and techniques of audio post-production using digital workstations. Students practise the assembly of raw material into a complete final product through editing, signal processing, mixing, sound restoration and pre-mastering.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Peter Gregory Cook (Winter)

    • 3 hours.
    • Prerequisite: MUSR 668 (formerly MUMT 668).

Electives Courses (9 credits)

Three 3-credit graduate course electives, approved by the Department.

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