Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2010/2011
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Honours Bachelor of Music

The Honours BMus is a four-year program beyond the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (refer to Undergraduate Admissions chapter for requirements). Depending on the program, a sequence of at least 14.0 Music credits together with at least 4.0 non-music credits is required, for a total of 20.0 credits.

The Honours BMus program is intended for students who plan to become professional musicians: composers, church organists, performers, teachers, musicologists, music librarians, etc.

The core of required courses is designed to ensure that every student completing the program has a sound knowledge of music history and theory, and is a competent performer. Students in the comprehensive program have the most elective credits in which to pursue particular interests in music and in other subjects. The music education stream of the comprehensive program prepares students for teaching music in elementary and secondary schools. Students may apply to enter specialized programs in performance after Year 1, and composition, music history and theory after Year 2.

All Year 1 and Year 2 music requirements must be completed or in progress while the student is enrolled in MU190A*/B‡, MU290A*/B‡/D‡ and MU390A*/B‡/D‡. Students must be enrolled full-time while registered in MU190A*/B‡, MU290A*/B‡/D‡, MU390A*/B‡/D‡ and MU490A*/B‡/D‡. Part-time registration may be allowed while enrolled in MU490A*/B‡/D‡ depending on the student's program and by permission of the dean.

    1. All Year 1 and Year 2 music requirements of the student's program must be completed or in progress when the student enrols in MU290*.
    2. Individual tuition (MU190*, MU290*, MU390*, MU490*) must be taken in consecutive years.
    3. Rule (a) takes precedence over rule (b) but if rule (b) is broken, the student must successfully complete an audition before resuming individual tuition. 
  1. Keyboard Facility
    Non-piano majors who have not completed Royal Conservatory Grade VI Piano (or equivalent) prior to entering the B.Mus. program must demonstrate proficiency at this level before proceeding to Year 3. For those who have not completed a Grade VI Exam, successful completion of an Equivalency Exam may be used to fulfill the piano requirement.

    All incoming and transfer students will be required to sign up for a placement interview during Orientation week. The placement interview is an opportunity for students to:
    • provide proof of completing a Grade VI exam in the form of an official certificate or a copy of examination results, completed within the previous 3 calendar years.
    • attempt the Equivalency Exam
    • display their current level of proficiency at the piano for workshop placement purposes

    Students unable to pass the Equivalency Exam are strongly recommended to take the Piano Facility workshop. This workshop is offered to assist students to prepare for the Equivalency Exam, which is administered as part of the workshop at no additional charge. Students may register for the Piano Facility workshop through Continuing and Part-Time Studies, which may be taken for up to four terms (i.e., up to the end of Year 2).

    Should students decide to pursue piano studies on their own in lieu of taking the workshop they must arrange to re-take the Equivalency Exam or present a Grade VI certificate before they enter Year 3. The Equivalency Exams may be taken by a student entering Year 2 or Year 3 during Orientation week along with the incoming Year 1 students at no additional charge, or students may arrange for an exam to be administered at any time, arranged with the Piano Facility Co-ordinator, for a fee of $50.
  2. Failure to obtain the required standards in any year of the program will necessitate withdrawal from the program.
  3. Students in specialized programs (composition, music history, performance and theory) must at the end of each year be recommended by the faculty in order to continue in those programs.
  4. A student who satisfies the requirements for a musical skills course by placement examination must take a music elective in its place. Before registering in MU385, a student must complete the final examination for MU287 with a minimum grade of B-.
  5. Non-music minor: students may, in consultation with the department concerned, elect to organize their non-music electives to meet the requirements for a minor. (Refer to the Regulations Governing Minors in the Faculty of Arts, or the Faculty of Science chapter.) 
  6. For the Progression/Graduation Requirements and Probation regulations, consult the University Undergraduate Regulations chapter.

Programs of Study:

Comprehensive

This program allows the student to choose a maximum number of Music elective credits in order to design a program of study in accordance with the student's own musical interests.

Core credits required of all Honours BMus students:
MU136°, MU137°, MU161, MU162, MU171, MU181, MU190A*, MU236°, MU237°, MU266, MU268 (MU264* may count in lieu of MU266 and MU268), MU270, MU271, MU281, MU336°, MU337°.

Other credits required in the comprehensive program:
Principal Practical Studies: MU290A*, one of MU396 or MU390A* and one of MU496 or MU490A*, with the extra half credit(s) earned by taking MU390A* and/or MU490A* counting as music electives.
Ensemble: MU381, MU481
Post-Tonal and Contemporary: two of MU375, MU379, MU461 and MU462
Music History: an additional 0.5 credit from the Music 370 series or from MU470, MU471, MU472, MU473, MU474
Critical Studies: one of MU377, MU470, MU471, MU472, MU473, MU474
2.0 Music elective credits - students are encouraged to pursue the possibility of completing a 0.5 credit Graduation Project (MU479) in Year 4. Interested students should consult the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Music for the availability of faculty advisors;
2.0 electives that may be Music or non-music
4.0 non-music electives for a total of 20.0 credits.

 
Contemporary Music

Composition Stream:

Students in this program stream are required to write works for various ensembles and to participate in a contemporary music master class. Those students wishing to continue in the contemporary music program beyond Year 2 must submit a portfolio of their work to the contemporary  music faculty. Upon approval, the student can enrol in Year 3 and Year 4 composition courses (MU360* and MU460*), which can be taken by composition majors only. During Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4, students study individually with members of the faculty; in the final year students write an extended work as their graduation composition.

Required credits: All core courses listed above in the comprehensive program; MU251T, MU252, MU260*, MU360*, MU460*, MU290A*, MU396 or MU390A*, MU496 or MU490A*; two of MU361, MU367, MU461, MU462; MU381; and 4.0 non-music electives credits; Music or non-music electives to make a total of 20.0 credits.

Composition Improvisation Stream:

Students in this program stream are required to write works for various ensembles and to participate in a contemporary music master class. Those students wishing to continue in the composition/improvisation stream of the contemporary music program must submit a portfolio of their work to the contemporary music faculty and pass an improvisation audition. Upon approval, the student can enroll in Year 3 and Year 4 composition courses (MU360* and MU460*), which can be taken by contemporary music majors only. During Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 students study individually with members of the faculty, but in Year 3 and Year 4 their studio instruction is divided: 0.5 hours per week with a composition instructor, and 0.5 hours per week with an improvisation instructor. All composition/improvisation majors are required to take part regularly in improvisational ensemble performances and recitals, and during Year 4 to give a full length formal improvisational recital which will include at least one of the student’s original compositions.

Required credits: All core courses listed above in the comprehensive program; MU251T, MU260*, MU360*, MU460*, MU290A*, MU390A*, MU490A*; two of MU361, MU367, MU461, MU462; MU365 and MU381K or MU481K; and 4.0 non-music elective credits; Music or non-music electives to make a total of 20.0 credits.

Additional Program Regulations for the Composition Improvisation Stream:
Students must audition at the end of second year for admission into the Composition Improvisation Stream (which starts in Year 3). The audition panel will consist of one member of the contemporary music faculty and one faculty member in performance who teaches the instrument on which the student is auditioning.

 
Music Education

This program is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in teaching music at the elementary or secondary level. It combines the core Music credits of the BMus program with instruction in conducting, instrumental and choral techniques, and methods and philosophy of music education.

Required credits: All core credits listed above in the comprehensive program; MU290A*; MU396, MU496; if MU390A* is elected instead of MU396, MU490A* instead of MU496, the additional credit counts as a Music elective; MU381, MU481, MU367, MU394; MU358 or MU494; MU202 and either MU203 or MU208; 0.5 credit from the MU370 series or MU386, MU470, MU471, MU472, MU473, MU474; MU375 or MU461 or MU462; 1.5 credits from the MU251 series, including courses from three of the following groups, and excluding the group of the principal practical study:
MU251A
MU251B, MU251C, MU251K
MU251D, MU251E
MU251F, MU251H, MU251L
MU251M
4.0 non-music elective credits and 1.0 credit that can be Music or non-music.

Students with sufficient documented proficiency on an instrument may be exempted from the relevant techniques course. Non-music electives should be chosen so as to constitute preparation for teaching at least one other subject. MU251T is strongly recommended for students interested in teaching at the secondary level. MU354 is recommended for elementary school teachers.

 
Music History

This program allows students to emphasize the academic and research-oriented courses in music. It serves as excellent preparation for graduate work in musicology. Students take at least 4.0 credits in music history, and in their final year write a major research paper.

Required credits: All core courses listed above in the comprehensive program; MU290A*; MU390A* or MU396; MU490A* or MU496; electives from the MU370 series (1.5 credits) (of which a 0.5 credit may be MU386) excluding MU375, electives form the MU470 series (0.5 credit); MU375; MU478*; Music electives as needed to complete 14.5 credits in Music; 2.0 credits in any of French, German, Italian or Latin; 2.0 additional non-music credit; 1.5 Music or non-music elective credits.

 
Performance

This program is designed for students who intend to become professional performers and teachers of performance. Students who demonstrate at audition time or during Year 1 or Year 2, that they have the potential to succeed as performers may apply to enter this program. Students in Year 1 and Year 2 of the Performance program receive one-hour weekly lessons, while those in Year 3 and Year 4 receive 1.5 hours of private instruction per week. All performance majors are required, during Year 2 and Year 3, to take part regularly in recitals, and during Year 4 to give a full-length formal solo recital.

Students in Performance violin (Year 3 and/or Year 4) may take 1 hour lessons on violin and half-hour lessons on viola (or vice-versa). Depending on the split, the student would be required to fulfill two thirds of his/her performance activity (recital, ensemble, chamber music) on the instrument for which 1 hour lessons are given and one third of his/her performance activity on the instrument for which half-hour lessons are given. If a student chooses this option in Year 4, the Graduation Recital would be split between the two instruments.

Grading:
Term work will be averaged between the two instructors based on the proportion chosen (ex. 33% viola, 66%violin). There will be no change in grading procedure for the Graduation Recital or juries.

Core credits required in all performance programs: All core courses listed above in the comprehensive program; MU290B?, MU390B?, MU490B?; MU375 or MU461 or MU462; 4.0 non-music credits.

Additional credits required in performance areas:

Fortepiano: MU390B? and MU490B? in fortepiano; MU293; MU373; MU383 or MU483; MU253 (in place of MU281) and MU393; MU386; 0.5 Music elective credit; 1.0 Music or non-music elective credit.

Guitar: MU381; 0.5 credit from the Music 370 series or from MU470, MU471, MU472, MU473, MU474; 2.0 Music elective credits; 1.0 Music or non-music elective credit.

Historical Instruments: MU381 (Baroque Ensemble) or MU383; MU481 (Baroque Ensemble) or MU483; MU371 or MU372; MU386; 1.0 Music elective credit; 1.0 Music or non-music elective credit.

Orchestral Instruments: MU381, MU387, MU481; 0.5 credit from the MU370 series or from MU470, MU471, MU472, MU473, MU474; 1.0 Music elective credit and 1.0 Music or non-music elective credit. Students whose principal instrument is violin, viola, or violoncello must take MU283, MU383 and MU483; those whose principal instrument is double bass, woodwind, or brass must take one of MU283, MU383, MU483. Students are required to complete MU283, MU383 and MU483 on their major instrument. An ensemble placement audition must be successfully completed before the end of the second week of the fall term for placement in an instrumental ensemble.

Organ: MU292A, MU292B, MU361, MU365, MU367; 1.0 Music or non-music elective credit.

Piano: MU293; MU373 or MU374; MU181, MU253, and one of MU383 or MU483; MU253 (in place of MU281) and MU393; MU493; 1.0 Music elective credit; 0.5 Music or non-music elective credit.

Voice: MU294, MU298*; MU291; 0.5 credit from the MU370 series or MU386, MU470, MU471, MU472, MU473, MU474; MU381, MU391; 0.5 Music elective credit.

 
Theory

Students in this program complete 4.0 credits in music theory and a minimum of a .5 credit in composition. Students whose primary instrument or second study is not the keyboard must demonstrate piano proficiency in technique, repertoire and sight reading by the time of graduation. Piano proficiency is tested at a piano proficiency jury, which must be arranged by the candidate through the Dean's Office. In Year 4, students may meet the requirements of MU478* by presenting a graduation project in music analysis or history of theory, or students may choose to substitute MU478* with 2 upper-level theory or history electives in which they write analytical or theoretical  papers.

Required credits: All core courses listed above in the comprehensive program; MU361, MU367, MU461, MU462, MU160A, MU478*, MU381, MU290A*, MU390A*, MU490A*; 0.5 credit from the MU370 series or from MU470, MU471, MU472, MU473, MU474; 1.5 Music elective credits; 1.0 credit in German language courses plus 3.0 additional non-music credits; 1.0 senior Music elective credit dealing with aesthetic and/or theoretical issues may be substituted for MU478*.

 

Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Revision May 26, 2010: Keyboard Facility Policy revisions; effective September 1, 2010.