The Department of Music offers courses designed to meet the needs of students reading for a degree with either a specialist or non-specialist emphasis on music. Our curriculum has been designed with the following aims in mind:
- To deepen students’ understanding of the functions, concepts, structures, and values of music and its role in society;
- To broaden students' knowledge of the diverse musical cultures of the world and their histories, styles, and ideas;
- To train students to think critically about music and equip them with the verbal skills which will enable them to articulate their thinking;
- To promote creative activity in the composition and performance of music as a mode of discourse that uniquely complements other modes of discourse in the humanities;
- To provide a comprehensive education that integrates the activities of scholarship, composition, and performance, connecting them to the larger world of learning in the humanities, the sciences, and commerce.
Music Syllabus and Complete List of Undergraduate Courses
2017/18 and Earlier Cohorts
- MUSI1025 The Art of Listening replaces MUSI1004 Introduction to the Musics of the World as a First-year requirement.
- The three Western Music History courses MUSI2071/2072/2073 Topics in Western Music History I/II/III are deleted, and are replaced by MUSI2081 Music in Western Culture I and MUSI2082 Music in Western Culture II as Western Music History requirement.
- MUSI2063 Opera is deleted, a new Capstone Experience course MUSI3037 Opera is created.
- Two new Level 3000 musicology courses are created: MUSI3038 Methodological Perspectives in Music I and MUSI3039 Methodological Perspectives in Music II, the latter is a Capstone Experience course.
Music Majors (including Music Scholars/Specialists)
A major in Music shall consist of 54 credit units of Level 2000, 3000, and 4000 courses from the music syllabus taken in the third to eighth semesters. As a prerequisite, music majors and specialists must take:
- MUSI2010 Music of China (6 credits)
- MUSI2070 Fundamentals of Tonal Music (6 credits)
- MUSI2074 Introduction to Contrapuntal Styles and Techniques (6 credits)
- MUSI2081 Music in Western Culture I (6 credits)
- MUSI2082 Music in Western Culture II (6 credits)
Capstone Experience courses
Capstone Experience is a graduation requirement for music majors and specialists. Capstone Experience courses are designed to allow students to advance their analytical thinking by permitting the application of disciplinary knowledge and principles learned in the first and second years. The requirement can be fulfilled by taking at least one of the following courses:
- MUSI3028 Red is the Colour: Music and Politics in post-1949 China
- MUSI3029 Music and Scientific Thoughts: Past and Present
- MUSI3030 Tonal Counterpoint
- MUSI3031 Special Study
- MUSI3032 Special Performance Study
- MUSI3033 Topics in Ethnomusicology
- MUSI3034 The Qin
- MUSI3035 Music Analysis II
- MUSI3037 Opera
- MUSI3039 Methodological Perspectives in Music II
- MUSI4002 Advanced Music Performance 4
- MUSI4003 Dissertation
Summary of Requirements
Curriculum Flow Chart