Below is a calendar of graduate courses offered by the three departments of the Don Wright Faculty of Music: Department of Music Education, Department of Music Performance Studies, and Department of Music Research and Composition. Note that not all courses are offered every year. See above for a list of current graduate course offerings.
Department of Music Education Graduate Course Calendar
9505 History of Music Education. A comparative and historical survey of music education as practised in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Emphasis is on identifying common origins as well as similarities and differences in the ways music education has been approached and implemented in those countries. Half course.
9531 Empirical and Qualitative Research in Music Education. The empirical portion of this course introduces research methodology, experimental design, and statistical analysis of data, with special reference to empirical research in the psychology of music. The qualitative portion critically examines exemplary qualitative studies and explores qualitative methods and techniques to investigate and report inquiries in music education. Half course. REQUIRED COURSE
9539 Historical and Philosophical Inquiry in Music Education. An introduction to philosophical and historical methodology with reference to music education literature and its problems. Half course.
9548 Cultural and Social Perspectives in Music Education. This course explores issues of diversity in music education curriculum. Topics include the acquisition of cultural, social and musical knowledge, contemporary debates in the field, and current practice, as well as the planning and implementation of music materials for a pluralistic society. Half course.
9553 Music Technology in Music Education Graduate Seminar. Essential topics related to the teaching of music in technology-based or technology-enhanced learning situations. Primary focus areas include production and manipulation of music in digital formats, music in multimedia settings and music teaching in distributed learning environments. Half course.
9570 Advanced Conducting. Score study of selected instrumental works with an emphasis on analysis and interpretive problems. Half course.
9576 Advanced Choral Techniques. Advanced study and preparation of choral scores with emphasis on major works of the choral literature. Half course.
9577 History of the Philosophy and Psychology of Music. The history of the development of philosophical and psychological studies concerning music and musical learning from Ancient Greece to the present.
9579 The Reflective Practitioner in the Elementary Music Classroom. This course is designed to deepen students' awareness of issues and the components of a comprehensive music curriculum for elementary school children. Topics will include examination of the ways in which teaching philosophies illuminate practice, emerging trends, the role of music in children's lives as well as design of instructional materials and procedures. Half course.
9580 Directed Study in Music Education. Half course.
9581 Philosophy of Music Education. A survey of the history and development of philosophy of music and music education with special emphasis on current issues. Half course.
9582 Special Topics in Music Education. Half course.
9583 Psychology of Music and Music Education. Beginning with Seashore and continuing to the present, a study of musical perception, affective and aesthetic response, and cognitive processing, with application to the learning and teaching of music. Half course.
9586 Special Topics in Music Education. Half course.
9587 Sociology of Music Education
9589 Comprehensive Viva Voce Exam based on academic coursework and teaching practice.(Course based option only)
9590 MMus Thesis. A thesis incorporating the results of an investigation in the field of the student's major area. 100 to 125 pages, excluding bibliography, appendices, etc. (Thesis option only)
Department of Music Performance Studies Graduate Course Calendar
9504a Acting for Singers. Half course.
9506y Collaborative Musicianship. A course intended to teach the pianist and orchestral instrumentalist the principles of ensemble playing as well as the literature of Solo Instrumental Works and Chamber Music. Designed for students majoring in Piano or Orchestral Instruments in Honors Performance and the Masters in Literature and Performance degree. BY AUDITION. Half course.
9507y Contemporary Techniques and Repertoire An introduction to contemporary music from 1945 and after, through preparation and performance of appropriate repertoire in a masterclass setting. Half course.This course will incorporate oral presentations involving analysis of performance practice issues along with related artistic and cultural topics. BY AUDITION. Half course.
9508 Applied Music for Non-performance Majors. (In programs which allow a full course of Applied Music for credit; audition required.)
9509a Applied Music for Literature and Performance Majors. Half course.
9510y Vocal Pedagogy. A systematic study of Voice Technique and how to teach it, surveying the vocal treatises from the earliest roots of bel canto in the 16th century up to the most recent voice science. Half course.
9511 Recital. (Degree requirement).
9513a Movement and Dance for Singers. Half course.
9515 Vocal Repertory With Piano. Survey of the literature for voice and piano, with detailed study and supervised performance of selected works. Full course.
9516a/b/y Instrumental Seminar I. A study of the major works, styles, genres and performance practices of Instrumental music prior to the Nineteenth century with conductor's analyses of selected works. OFFERED EVERY SECOND YEAR. Half course.
9517a/b/y Instrumental Seminar II. A study of major works, styles, genres and performance practices of Instrumental music from the Nineteenth century to the present with conductor's analyses of selected works. OFFERED EVERY SECOND YEAR. Half course.
9528 Ensemble. Degree requirement; placement by audition. University of Western Ontario Symphony Orchestra, 90-piece orchestra. Dedicated to performing the major orchestral repertoire from the 18th century to the present. Four concerts a year which include programs with the UWO choirs, concerto performances featuring winners of the annual UWO Concerto Competition, and world premieres of major contemporary composers. Full course.
9546 Opera Workshop. Full course.
9549y Advanced Clarinet Pedagogy & Literature. Half course.
9564a Chamber Orchestra. University of Western Ontario Chamber Orchestra, 30-piece chamber orchestra. Fall term consists of two programs of chamber orchestra and chamber music repertoire spanning the last 400 years. Winter term consists of working with UWO's renowned Opera Workshop in fully staged operatic presentations. In addition the UWOCO participates regularly in performances and readings of student compositions. Half course.
9565b Chamber Orchestra. See 9564. Half course.
9566y Chamber Music. Half course.
9567y The Art of Vocal Coaching. Half course.
9568a Early Music Studio. Half course.
9569a Early Music Studio. Half course.
9574a/b/y Choral Seminar I. A study of major works, styles and performance practices of choral literature from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras with conductor's analyses of selected works. OFFERED EVERY SECOND YEAR. Half course.
9575a/b/y Choral Seminar II A study of major works, styles, compositional techniques and developments in Choral repertoire from the 19th century to the present with conductor's analyses of selected works. OFFERED EVERY SECOND YEAR. Half course.
9584a Applied Music. Half course.
9585y Applied Music. Half course.
9588 MMus Graduation Recital.
9593a Seminar in Performance Research I. Exposure to and critical evaluation of a wide range of reference sources for performance research; review of "the canon" from about 1650, concentrating on the historical context and theoretical foundations of representative masterpieces; refinement of formal argumentation and writing skills. OFFERED YEARLY. Half course.
9594b Contemporary issues in performance practice, the nature and reception of musical works and the nature and history of performance itself. Includes extensive readings and discussions on selected general topics, and more focused seminar presentations. OFFERED YEARLY. Half course.
9595a Seminar in Performance Research III. Directed study to prepare a lecture-recital of 30-45 minutes' duration, which will be presented publicly. OFFERED YEARLY. Half course.
9596y Lyric Diction I. Half course.
9597y Lyric Diction II. Half course.
Department of Music Research and Composition Graduate Course Calendar
9518 Composition (MMus.). Composition instruction for MMus students in composition. Full course.
9558 Composition (PhD). Composition instruction for PhD students in composition. Full course.
9512a/b Advanced Orchestration.Studies in orchestral repertoire and orchestration techniques. Half course.
9533y Electracoustic Music Composition and Performance. Studies in the composition and performance of music in the electroacoustic medium. Half course. (usually a full-year. Half course.)
9556a/b Studies in Contemporary Repertoire. Studies in analysis of new music in a variety of genres and media.Half course.
9519a/b Studies in Post-Tonal Theory. Studies in the theory and analysis of post-tonal music, including pitch-class set theory and other theoretical and analytical approaches. Half course.
9520a/b Studies in Transformational Theory. Selected topics in transformational music theory. Half course.
9521y Resources and Current Areas of Research in Music Theory. A survey of topical issues in music theory with emphasis on intersections of music theory with other disciplines. Half course. (usually a full-year. Half course.).
9522a/b Selected Composer Study. Theoretical, analytical, and critical study of the music of one or more composers. Half course.
9523a/b Special Topics in Music Theory. Special topics on issues in music theory and analysis. Half course.
9530a/b Contexts of Music Analysis. An investigation of various philosophical, methodological, hermeneutic, and practical contexts for music analysis . Half course.
9524a/b Directed Study in Music Theory. Independent study on an approved topic in music theory (only available under exceptional circumstances). Half course.
9526a/b Schenkerian Analysis. An intensive introductory course in the theory and analytical methodology developed by Heinrich Schenker. Half course.
9527a/b Advanced Schenkerian Analysis. Advanced topics in Schenkerian analysis, focusing on recent research in Schenkerian theory. Half course.
9534a/b Topics in Musical Form. Selected topics in large-scale formal analysis of tonal music. Half course.
9560a/b Studies in the History of Music Theory I. Selected topics in the history of music theory from c. 900 – 1450. Half course.
9561a/b Studies in the History of Music Theory II. Selected topics in the history of music theory from c. 1450 – 1600. Half course.
9562a/b Studies in the History of Music Theory III. Selected topics in the history of music theory from c. 1600 – 1800. Half course.
9563a/b Studies in the History of Music Theory IV. Selected topics in the history of music theory from c. 1800 – the present. Half course.
9582a/b Studies in Critical Theory and Music. Selected topics in critical approaches to musical texts. Half course.
9545a/b Pedagogy of Music Theory. Issues in the pedagogy of music theory at the post-secondary level through practical and critical surveys of curricula and teaching approaches. Half course.
9552a/b Methods and Approaches in Musicology. Studies in historical, methodological, and critical issues in musicology. Half course.
9535a/b Special Topics in Musicology. Selected topics on issues in musicology. Half course.
9536a/b Topics in Medieval Music. Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and/or analytical study of music of the medieval period. Half course.
9537a/b Topics in Renaissance Music. Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and/or analytical study of music of the renaissance period . Half course.
9538a/b Topics in Baroque Music. Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and/or analytical study of music of the baroque period . Half course.
9540a/b Topics in Classical Music. Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and/or analytical study of music of the classical period . Half course.
9541a/b Topics in Romantic Music. Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and/or analytical study of music of the romantic period. Half course.
9542a/b Topics in Twentieth-Century Music. Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and/or analytical study of music of the twentieth (and twenty-first) century. Half course.
9544a/b Performance Practices. Issues in performance traditions including ornamentation, improvisation, vocal and instrumental style, and contexts such as performing editions and venues. Half course.
9550a/b Topics in Opera. Topics in the study of staged dramatic works from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Half course.
9557a/b Topics in Canadian Music. Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and/or analytical study of Canadian music. Half course.
9554a/b Introduction to Popular Music Studies. Provides an overview and history of the field, key texts, issues, debates, and methodologies. Half course. (cross-listed with PMC 9701)
9543a/b Listening to Popular Music. A study of core listening regimes and their constitutive audio techniques which presently direct popular studies, and the different objects of study each construes; and a basic introduction to the theory and practice of audio engineering. Half course. (cross-listed with PMC 9702)
9547a/b Topics in Popular Music Analysis and Production.Topics in the analysis and/or production of popular music. Half course.
9549a/b Topics in Popular Music Studies. Topics in the cultural and historical contexts of popular music. Half course.
Doctoral Courses and Milestones
9601 Qualifying Examination – Music Education
9620y Directed Research
9621 yDirected Research
9639a Research in Music Education
9640 Theories of Music Education
9692 Language Requirement (If Required)
Written Comprehensive Examination.
Dissertation Proposal Defense (PhD)
Monograph Proposal Defense (DMA)