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Minor Music Theory (18 credits)

Offered by: Music Research     Degree: Bachelor of Music

Program Requirements

The Minor in Theory is available to all students, with the exception of students in the Major Theory, subject to approval of the Schulich School of Music. This Minor will take the place of free electives in Music programs.

Complementary Courses

  • MUCO 462 Advanced Tonal Writing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Composition : Stylistic concepts and resources of European music including phrase structure, melodic shape, rhythm, linear continuity, economy of means, notation, and basic contrapuntal procedures. Extensive and detailed analysis of characteristic repertoire.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: MUCO 340D1/D2 or MUTH 350
  • MUCO 575 Topics in Composition (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Composition : Pitch systems, harmonic concepts and compositional techniques from the late 19th Century to the present.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Brian Cherney (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: MUCO 340D1/D2
    • Topics will change from semester to semester.
  • MUJZ 260 Jazz Arranging 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : Introduction to concepts and techniques commonly used in jazz arranging. Notation, calligraphy and score preparation are discussed; including study of classical and contemporary scores by prominent jazz arrangers.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Joshua Rager, Donald Leyland Kennedy (Fall)

    • Corequisite: MUJZ 223.
    • Restriction: Open only to Jazz Performance Majors. Not open to students who have taken MUJZ 261D1/D2.
  • MUJZ 261 Jazz Arranging 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Performance (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Jazz Studies : Consolidation of knowledge of basic concepts and techniques used in jazz arranging.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Joshua Rager, Donald Leyland Kennedy (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MUJZ 260.
    • Corequisite: MUJZ 224.
    • Restriction: Open only to Jazz Performance Majors. Not open to students who have taken MUJZ 261D1/D2.
  • 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 2015

    Instructors: Stephen McAdams (Winter)

  • MUTH 202 Modal Counterpoint 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : Polyphonic techniques of the Renaissance period studied through analysis of works by Palestrina and others and through written exercises in two to three voices.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Jonathan Wild (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: MUTH 211 or MUCO 240D1/D2 AND MUSP 231 and MUSP 171; or MUSP 140, MUSP 170, MUTH 150
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUTH 301.
  • MUTH 204 Tonal Counterpoint 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : The contrapuntal techniques of Baroque composers studied through detailed technical analysis of their works and through written exercises in strict style.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Christoph Neidhofer (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: MUSP 141, MUSP 171, MUTH 151; or MUTH 211 or MUCO 240D1/D2 AND MUSP 231 and MUSP 171
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken MUTH 303
  • MUTH 251 Theory and Analysis 4 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : Expanded harmonic resources of the 19th century (e.g., advanced chromaticism including enharmonic reinterpretation and symmetrical division). Analysis of characteristic small and large forms. Writing and analytical skills with a goal toward perceiving how levels of musical structure interact.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Jonathan Wild, René Rusch, Justin B Mariner (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MUTH 250
    • Corequisite: MUSP 241
  • MUTH 302 Modal Counterpoint 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : Continuation of Modal Counterpoint I. Study of more advanced techniques through further analysis and written exercises in three or more voices.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MUTH 202 or MUTH 301
  • MUTH 304 Tonal Counterpoint 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : Further analysis and written exercises with special emphasis on fugal techniques in free style.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Nicole Biamonte (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MUTH 204 or MUTH 303
  • MUTH 321 Topics in Tonal Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : Topics in advanced analysis of tonal music.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: William Earl Caplin (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MUTH 251
    • Topics will change from semester to semester.
  • MUTH 322 Topics in Post-Tonal Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : Topics in advanced analysis of post-tonal music.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Christoph Neidhofer (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MUTH 350
    • Topics will change from semester to semester.
  • MUTH 350 Theory and Analysis 5 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : Exploration of 20th and 21st century organizations of pitch, rhythm, timbre etc. Written and analytical skills for the purpose of gaining insight into the compositional techniques and aesthetics of this repertoire.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Robert Hasegawa (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MUTH 251
  • MUTH 426 Topics in Early Music Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : Music from before 1700 is analyzed using recently developed techniques as well as materials gathered from treatises contemporaneous with the music. The implications of analysis for performance are considered.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MUTH 250; or MUTH 211, MUHL 184
  • MUTH 528 Schenkerian Theory and Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : Introduction to the principles and graphing techniques of Schenkerian theory, analysis of tonal works from 1700-1900, and study of prolongational techniques in relation to formal types.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: René Rusch (Fall)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MUTH 251 or permission of instructor.
  • MUTH 529 Proseminar in Music Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : An introduction to the discipline of music theory, including modern music theory and analysis.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: MUTH 251; or: MUTH 211 or MUCO 240D1/D2 and MUSP 231 and MUSP 171
    • Corequisite: MUTH 202 or permission of instructor.
  • MUTH 538 Mathematical Models for Musical Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : Theoretical topics and analytical applications selected from the following: serial theory, atonal set theory, contour theory, similarity metrics, transformational networks, elementary group theory and generalized interval systems, neo-Riemannian theory, atonal voice-leading and geometry, scale theory, models of tuning and temperament and information theory.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisites: MUTH 350; OR MUTH 211 or MUCO 240D1/D2 or MUTH 250, and MUSP 231 or MUSP 241, and MUSP 171
  • MUTH 539 Topics in Advanced Writing Techniques (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : Advanced writing skills, including intensive four-part harmonization, advanced harmonic vocabulary and syntax, post-tonal counterpoint.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Topics will change from semester to semester.
    • Prerequisite: MUTH 350
    • Corequisite: One of: MUSP 324, MUSP 330, MUSP 335, MUSP 346, MUSP 350, MUSP 353, or MUSP 355.
  • MUTH 541 Topics in Popular Music Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Schulich School of Music)

    Overview

    Music Theory and Analysis : Different approaches to the analysis of popular music. Issues of transcription, notation, analytical pertinence, aesthetics, hermeneutics, and semiotics will be explored through transcription exercises, readings, and analysis of selected recordings.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Nicole Biamonte (Fall)

    • Prerequisites: MUTH 251; OR MUTH 211 or MUCO 240D1/D2 or MUTH 250, and MUSP 231 or MUSP 241, and MUSP 171
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