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13. FACULTY OF FINE ARTS

13.14 DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

The Department of Music offers programs leading to the degrees of BA in Fine Arts (4-year), BA (Special 3-year), BA Hons in Fine Arts, BMus (comprehensive, composition, music history, performance), and BMusEd (in conjunction with the Faculty of Education). For information on the graduate programs (performance, conducting, musicology, music theory or composition), please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

Requirements for each program are outlined under the specific area of study.

13.14.1 ENSEMBLE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Core ensembles are Concert Choir, Concert Band, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and University Orchestra. Credit for participation in core ensembles towards a degree program in music is limited to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Total program credit hours from all MUEN courses may not exceed 12.0. In the case of the BMus Ed program, the limit is 7 credit hours. Every BMus and BMusEd degree student, with the exception of BMusEd students during internship semester, will satisfactorily participate in two core ensembles every semester. One of the core ensembles must be selected as follows: vocal, guitar and piano majors will be in Concert Choir or Chamber Singers; string majors will be in University Orchestra; wind and percussion majors will be in Concert Band or Wind Ensemble. The second core ensemble will also be chosen from the above list.
  2. Every BA Fine Arts Major degree (music concentration) student must participate in six ensembles (6.0 credit hours). Students doing a Minor in Fine Arts (music) must participate in three ensembles (0.0 credit hours). MUEN 131 Concert Choir is recommended
  3. More than three ensembles of any type per semester may be taken only with permission of the department head.
  4. A grade of Pass or Fail will be given unless an ensemble is taken for credit, in which case a numerical grade will be assigned.
  5. Prerequisite for all ensembles is permission of the ensemble instructor with the exception of Concert Choir and Concert Band, which require no permission. Permission is required once per year in Fall semester only.

CORE ENSEMBLES

MUEN 101 University Concert Band

Variable credit: 0 or 1

MUEN 131 University Concert Choir

Variable Credit: 0 or 1

MUEN 171 University Orchestra

Variable Credit: 0 or 1

MUEN 103 University Jazz Ensemble

Variable Credit: 0 or 1

MUEN 107 University Wind Ensemble

Variable credit: 0 or 1

MUEN 135 University Chamber Singers

Variable Credit: 0 or 1

OTHER ENSEMBLES

MUEN 121 Composition Students New Music Ensemble

Variable Credit: 0 or 1.5

MUEN 157AA-ZZ Miscellaneous Ensemble

Variable Credit: 0 or 1.5

 

 

13.14.2 BACHELOR OF ARTS IN FINE ARTS (MUSIC)

The general requirements for this degree are described near the beginning of the section on the Faculty of Fine Arts, under the heading BA in Fine Arts(4-Year) in 13.9.1.

To qualify for the BA degree in Fine Arts, Music concentration, students must complete at least 120 credit hours as follows:

Credit hours Required Student's record of courses completed
0.0

FA 001 Foundations of University Practices

 

Critical Competency Requirements – 30 Credit hours
Communication in Writing; Analytical Thinking in the Natural and Social Sciences, Analytical Thinking in Culture and Society; and Research Skills and Methodologies.

Communication in Writing (at least 6 credit hours)
3.0

Two of: ACAD 100, ENGL 100, 110

 
3.0  
Natural and Social Sciences (at least 6 credit hours)
3.0

Two courses in the following areas: (excluding courses in research/statistics)

ECON, GEOG, PSCI, PSYC, SOC, SOST, and STS other than statistics or methodology

Any Science courses, including MATH.

 
3.0  
Culture and Society (at least 6 credit hours)
3.0

FA 202 Indigenous Issues in the Arts; and
One course from the following areas excluding courses in statistics, methods, PHIL 150 (Logic):
ANTH, CLAS, ENGL above 100-level, HIST, HUM, INDG, IDS, IS, JS, Language other than English, Literature in translation or other non-language courses offered through language department or program (e.g. FR 247, 248; GER 223), LING, RLST, PHIL, WGST.

 
3.0  
Research Skills and Methodologies (at least 3 credit hours)

3.0

Any course in research methods, statistical analysis, logic, or computer science offered through the Faculties of Arts and Science, such as: PHIL 150, CS (any course), INDG 280, 282, SOST 201, 203, 306, 307, PSYC 204, 305, WGST 220.

STATS (any course).

ARTH 301

Art Theory and Art Criticism, CTCH 203 Introduction to Media and Communication, CTCH 303 Technology & Culture, and THST 250 Script Analysis may be counted in this area if not already counted in another area of the program - see 13.7.1 Additional Regulations.

Statistics courses offered through Faculties other than Arts and Science may be used with approval by the Dean of designate.

 
3.0 Critical Competency Electives:
Students must choose an additional 9 credit hours from any of the areas.
 
3.0  
3.0  
Note: Course substitutions in the above categories may be granted by the Dean or Designate.

Concentration Requirements – 36 credit hours in a single disciplinary area (Art History, Creative Technologies, Film Studies, or Music)
Note: Must include 9 credit hours at the 300 or 400 level, 3 of which must be at the 400 level.
65% is required in area of Concentration

3.0

One of the following introductory courses:
-MU 100 Introduction to Music or
-MU 101 Introduction to Basic Music Skills
-MUTH 121 Ear Training (prerequisite is Department of Music’s Theory Exam)
Note: Successful completion of either MU 101 or the Department’s Music Theory Entrance Exam is the prerequisite to MUTH221, 221 which are in turn prerequisites to many other courses.

 
6.0 6 MUEN courses, section -001. Particularly recommended is MUEN 131 – University ConcertChoir. MUEN 101 requires experience playing a band instrument. All other ensembles require instructor permission and possible audition.  
3.0 4 Studies/History courses  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
5.0 5 courses in the concentration at the student’s discretion.  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
Fine Arts Requirements outside the Concentration – 12 credit hours
3.0

Nine credit hours outside the area of concentration.

 
3.0  
3.0  
3.0 One FA course or other interdisciplinary Fine Arts course (approved by Dean or Designate).  
Open Electives – 42 credit hours
120.0 Total:  65% P.G.P.A required.