Students in the Music Minor concentration must consult the Music Adviser prior to registration. Questions regarding the general requirements of the B.A. program and especially elective courses should be addressed to the Office of Advising and Student Information Services (OASIS) at the Arts Faculty.
Completion of the diagnostic placement exams for music theory and musicianship is mandatory. Students should refer to the placement exam website for more details: https://www.mcgill.ca/music/student-resources/new-students/placement-exams.
Students must complete the diagnostic placement exams for music theory and musicianship. Depending on the results, they may be asked to register for one or more of the prerequisite courses listed below. These prerequisite courses cannot be counted toward the 18 credits of the program requirements.
MUHL 186 Western Musical Traditions (3 credits)
Music History and Literature : A survey of Western music from the Middle Ages to the present. Emphasis on key musical concepts and genres in their historical context and aural recognition of style.
Terms: Fall 2022
Instructors: Cumming, Julie Emelyn (Fall)
MUSP 140 Musicianship Training 1 (2 credits)
Musicianship : Rhythm and metre basic subdivisions and conducting patterns; intervals, chords, and scale patterns; non-modulating tonal melodies with treble and bass clefs; harmonic progressions emphasizing two-part outer voice structures.
Terms: Fall 2022
Instructors: Mariner, Justin; Petit-Homme, Fredericka; De Castro, Margaret Emily; Michirin, Daria; Asly, Monica (Fall)
MUTH 100 Music Theory Fundamentals (3 credits)
Music Theory and Analysis : Basic training in music theory fundamentals. Topics include interval identification (both visual and aural), clef reading, chord recognition, melodic and rhythmic dictation, scales, and key signatures.
Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2022-2023 academic year.
The course is offered as a simultaneous corequisite to MUTH 150 (Theory and Analysis I) for students without the required music theory background. Enrolment in MUTH 100 is based on performance on the placement test for incoming undergraduates.
Prerequisite: Theory placement test for Schulich School of Music undergraduates.
Corequisite: MUTH 150
MUTH 150 Theory and Analysis 1 (3 credits)
Music Theory and Analysis : Diatonic chords and harmonic progressions, focus on outer-voice framework, cadences, embellishments, building chordal fluency in common-practice tonality, applied chords.
Terms: Fall 2022
Instructors: Bakulina, Olga Ellen (Fall)
MUTH 151 Theory and Analysis 2 (3 credits)
Music Theory and Analysis : Sequences and modulation, chromatic vocabulary, analysis of simple theme types (sentence, period, hybrids) and fugal techniques.
Terms: Winter 2023
Instructors: Bakulina, Olga Ellen (Winter)
Required Courses (9 credits)
Prior to registering for each required course, students must either have completed the pre-requisite course or have successfully passed the diagnostic placement exam.
MUHL 286 Critical Thinking About Music (3 credits)
Music History and Literature : Examination of various periods and styles: e.g., central works from different traditions, the interaction of music and society, performance practice, and music's relation to other arts.
Terms: Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Summer 2023
Instructors: Bandy, Dorian (Fall) Huebner, Steven (Winter)
MUTH 250 Theory and Analysis 3 (3 credits)
Music Theory and Analysis : Compositional resources of late 18th and early 19th century music. Analysis of forms common to the period c. 1770 - 1840, including Classical sonata forms in several media.
Terms: Fall 2022, Summer 2023
Instructors: Wild, Jonathan (Fall)
MUTH 251 Theory and Analysis 4 (3 credits)
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 2023, Summer 2023
Instructors: Biamonte, Nicole; Mariner, Justin; Tatar, Jeremy (Winter)
Complementary Courses (9 credits)
Students may select from courses in the Schulich School of Music except for courses with a MUAR subject code. Students must meet all prerequisite and/or corequisite requirements before registering.