Winter 2015 Courses

Music 150 Intro to Music of the 20th Century
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
CRN 10914 AB1
Instructor: Niki Taylor

3 credits
Prerequisite(s): None

This course introduces to students methods of analyzing musical genres and trends with a focus on major social, cultural, and political contexts for the music. Beginning at the twentieth century, we will examine the music of post-romantic, impressionist, expressionist, nationalist, popular, and experimental styles. Special attention will be given to important Canadian and American composers and performers and their musical responses to major events in North American history.

Music 199C Ensemble Practicum - Repertoire (set one)

Tuesday, 1900 - 2150
CRN 10915 AB1
Instructor: Paula Quick

Prerequisite(s): None

This practicum course provides students an opportunity to learn the basic skills of music ensemble rehearsal and performance. The course involves listening skills, practical drills in rhythm and sight reading, and group preparation of exercises and selected repertoire. No specific music background is required; this course will accommodate learners of various ability, experience and interest. It normally will be offered as a choir ensemble. An interest in developing musical skills as part of an ensemble is required. There is no audition.

 Note1: Rehearsals take place during scheduled class time.
 Note 2: This course can be taken twice for credit, but must have a different letter designation (ie: Musc 199C and Musc 199D)

Music 199C - April 2014 performance

 MUSC 204 Poster

Music 204 Opera and Literature
Wednesday 1900 - 2150
CRN 10917 AB1
Instructor: John Pitcher

Prerequisite(s): English 105, plus any other 100 level English or Music course,

What happens to a work of literature when it is adapted to the operatic stage?  What do operatic translations of literature tell us about the development of modern culture?  This course studies the literary origins of influential operas and explores a range of avant-garde opera productions by such directors as Peter Sellars and Götz Friedrich.

 This interdisciplinary course is designed for students with interests in comparative literature, music, music education, and drama.

Note: This course is offered as MUSC 204 and ENGL 294. Students may take only one of these for credit.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Music

The music curriculum at UFV addresses music as a social and artistic practice; no prior knowledge, special skills, or aptitudes are required.  Our courses explore musical traditions and cultures from a range of historical, theoretical, and global perspectives.  The courses are designed for students and teachers with broad interests in music, literature, history, media studies, psychology, and the visual arts.

Students investigate such topics as the history of musical theatre; the impact of globalization on local and regional musical cultures; the role of literature in music history; the functions of music in everyday life; the psychology of music and the development of music perception; the interplay between classical and popular music, and between Western and non-Western traditions; and the impact of the music industry and new media on the types of music that become most popular. Our music courses will be useful to students who plan to teach music, those who want to do honours or graduate work in this area, and any student who wants to better understand the complexities of musical experience and practice in a wider perspective.

Music Courses

MUSC 100 Fundamentals of Music
MUSC 101 Listening to Music
MUSC 150 Introduction to Music History - Music of the Twentieth Century
MUSC 199 Ensemble Practicum
MUSC 202 Music and Society II

Interdisciplinary Music Courses

VA 171 New Media I
MACS/MUSC 201 Music and Society I
PSYC 200R Introduction to the Psychology of Music
MUSC 203/ENGL 293 Literature in Music History
MUSC 204/ENGL 294 Opera and Literature
THEA/MUSC 306 History of Musical Theatre

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 Woman Singing


(CRN 10915) 
Ensemble Practicum

No specific music background
required; no audition.

Learn to sight read
and to sing with an ensemble.
Experience the joy of singing with others!

Must have a min enrollment to run 


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