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Music Courses for Non-Music Students

In general, all MUSI courses are restricted to Music program students. However, the following courses are open to all students who meet the course prerequisites:

Please email music@kpu.ca with any questions.

 


MUSI 1120,  3 Credits 

Music Rudiments

Students will study the basic written aspects of musical language, acquiring the knowledge of all common clefs, intervals, common scales, basic chord structures and progressions, cadences, transposition, rhythm and fundamental musical terms.

Note: This course is open to non-music majors.
Note: MUSI 1120 replaces MUSI 1100 & MUSI 1200. Students may only receive credit for either MUSI 1100 & 1200 or MUSI 1120.

 


MUSI 1130,  3 Credits 

Music Technology I

MUSI 1130 provides an introduction to music technology and desktop recording.  Key topics include digital audio workstations, music notation software, music composition and sound design.  Students will present an online portfolio of their work in the final weeks of the course.

Note: MUSI 1130 replaces MUSI 1102. Students may only receive credit for either MUSI 1130 or 1102.


MUSI 1111,  3 credits

History of Popular Music

Students will survey the evolution of Western popular  music from the early 20th century through to the present. Students will examine the various influences and exclusions that have shaped the development of different styles of popular music. They will also consider how musical elements, lyrics, and technology have shaped popular music.

Note: MUSI 1120 replaces MUSI 1100 & MUSI 1200. Students may only receive credit for either MUSI 1100 & 1200 or MUSI 1120.


MUSI 1112, 2 credits

Introduction to the Music Industry

Students will undertake a comprehensive overview of the music industry as well as familiarize themselves with the factors that contribute to success in the music business. They will also gain an understanding of the inter-relatedness of the many facets of the music industry, an essential element in professional growth, viability, and success.


MUSI 1115,  3 credits

Classical Music in Western Culture

Students will cultivate an understanding of classical music in western culture by listening to and studying musical works representing different styles, genres, geographical regions, and time periods. Students will also gain an understanding of the social, political, economic, and artistic context in which this music emerged. They will also develop basic aural skills in hearing rhythm, melody, harmony, colour, texture, form, and orchestration. To further enhance their aural skills, students will attend specified concerts (with costs incurred) and will actively listen to and analyse the performances.

Note: Not for credit towards the Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts degree

MUSI 1291, 3 Credits

Songwriting and Arranging

Students will study popular song styles from the beginning of the 19th century to the present in order to identify and understand key elements of song writing, and to develop original text and melodic ideas. Students will combine melodic and rhythmic ideas with popular harmonic progressions to create original material. They will also develop scoring skills through the creation of full scores (arrangements) and/or charts (lead sheets).
 
Prerequisites: MUSI 1120

MUSI 3113, 3 Credits

The Social History of the Guitar

Students will survey the history and repertoire of the guitar as a means to understand how people of other times and places interpreted human experience, and how these beliefs and values affected music creation and expression. They will also use examples of guitar music from both history and the present to explore long-standing debates and fundamental issues regarding the role of music in society.

Note: Students need no formal training or background in music although a keen interest in the guitar and its history will be valuable.

Prerequisites: Any 1200-level English course


MUSI 3602, 3 Credits

Audio Recording and Production Techniques

Students will acquire essential sound recording and reproduction techniques utilizing a Mac digital audio workstation. They will learn the fundamentals of sound, microphones, mixing, dynamic processing, equalization, effects, analog/digital recording, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) production, and mastering.

Prerequisites: 60 credits of 1100-level or higher coursework, including ENGL 1100


MUSI 3653, 3 Credits

World Music

Students will engage in an intensive examination of musical genres from various world cultures. They will study historical and contemporary examples of popular and folkloric music of Latin American, African, Arabic, Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, and Chinese traditions. Students will listen to selected examples of world music, through which they will develop strategies for analyzing music outside the tradition of Western art music in Europe and the Americas.

Prerequisites: Any 60 credits of 1100-level or higher, including ENGL 1100


MUSI 1167-4867,  2 Credits 

Kwantlen String Orchestra I-VIII

Students will rehearse and perform a wide variety of orchestral repertoire from the 16th to the 20th century, as well as works by contemporary Canadian composers.

Note: Placement in the ensemble is by audition and interview. This course is open to all music majors and other Kwantlen students. Members of the community may participate on a non-credit basis.

 


MUSI 1168-4868,  2 Credits 

Kwantlen Wind Ensemble I-VIII

Students will rehearse and perform works of the Wind Literature repertoire from the Renaissance period to the present day. They will study and perform new works by Canadian composers each semester. Students will perform major works from the 400-year repertoire of Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, and Brass Ensemble literature.

Note: Placement in ensemble is by audition and/or interview. This course is open to all Music majors and other Kwantlen students. Members of the community may participate on a non-credit basis.

 


MUSI 1169-4869,  2 Credits 

Kwantlen Chorus I-VIII

Students will rehearse and perform choral works from the 16th century to the present in Western Classical tradition as well as works from the folk, jazz, popular, and musical theatre idioms.

Note: Placement in ensemble is by audition and/or interview. This course is open to all Music majors and other Kwantlen students. Members of the community may participate on a non-credit basis.