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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:

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MUSI 1111, History of Popular Music, 3 Credits 

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.

MUSI 1114, Introduction to World Music, 3 Credits 

This survey course introduces learners to music from across the globe as a way of understanding diverse cultures and their expressive traditions. Learners explore selected examples of indigenous and folk music, and the confluence of these pieces of music with other classical and popular genres in historical and contemporary contexts. Learners will examine foundational concepts in the field of ethnomusicology, essential musical elements that enhance listening skills, and examples of the socio-cultural environments in which music is created and performed.

MUSI 1120, Music Rudiments, 3 credits

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.

MUSI 1130, Music Technology I, 3 credits

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.

MUSI 2020, Global Drumming and Cultural Expression, 3 credits

This is an experiential, applied course that introduces learners to community-based drumming traditions from selected Indigenous and folk musics. Learners will develop the basic technical and creative skills to support individual expression and ensemble cohesion; establish a vocabulary with which to understand and communicate musical elements; and explore aspects of musical interaction, improvisation, and ensemble leadership. For traditions that feature vocal and choreographic elements, learners will be expected to participate in singing and dancing. Learners will also examine selected socio-cultural environments in which global drumming traditions are created and performed, and the roles music plays in community-building and engagement. Performances for the public, both on and off-campus, may be scheduled as part of this course.

MUSI 2130, Music Technology II, 3 Credits

This course explores contemporary music composition and sound design using music technology and digital audio workstations. Students will learn to develop and apply musical ideas using a variety of creative processes and methods. Students will develop a portfolio of compositions reflecting their exploration of various topics including music and sound design for film & television, theme songs and sound design for podcasts and radio, music and sound design for video games, music editing, music for dance, and sound design for theatre.

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