Music

Follow the beat of your own drum.

The Music program covers three interrelated disciplines: theory, history, and performance (classical or jazz).

Laurentian’s Department of Music offers a low student/teacher ratio and small class sizes that allow for personal attention, development and growth, nurtured by a dedicated faculty. We offer a three- and a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Music, which may also be taken concurrently with a Bachelor of Education.

Academic Advisor

Yoko Hirota

Telephone: 705.675.1151 x 2522

Email: yhirota@laurentian.ca

Office: Secretary: Sylvie Guérin 705.675.1151 x 2520

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

Also available: Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts combining theatre arts, music, film, the new concurrent program with the Bachelor of Education. There are many opportunities for students to participate in ensembles and other performance activities such as:

  • Laurentian Concerts

  • Laurentian University Choir

  • Laurentian Concert Band

  • Laurentian Jazz Combo

  • Sudbury Studio Singers

  • Shared and Solo Recitals

  • Sudbury Jazz Festival

  • Sudbury Symphony Orchestra

 

 

Interesting Facts:

The Department of Music offers small class sizes and a comfortable atmosphere for learning and getting to know other musicians. There are many opportunities for students to participate in ensembles and other performance activities such as: Laurentian Concerts, Laurentian University Choir, Laurentian Concert Band, Laurentian Jazz Combo, Sudbury Studio Singers, Shared and Solo Recitals, Sudbury Jazz Festival, Sudbury Symphony Orchestra, Sudbury Guitar Orchestra, among others. Preparatory courses in performance and theory are available for those requiring upgrading in those areas.

 

Program Highlights:

There are opportunities to study conducting and methods for other instruments and to participate in the Laurentian Univeristy Music Association (LUMA). There are many performance opportunities in the City of Greater Sudbury, through the department and on the student’s own initiative. Students take part in guest lectures, performance workshops and larger musical productions. Some music history courses have performance laboratories to focus on performance practices for that period. Music, like all of the fine arts, helps to make life beautiful. Music touches the soul of humanity, and even reaches those who cannot communicate through words. Training in music is integral to developing creative individuals who can perform, teach, compose, and communicate to others.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

5 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

 

Entrance Audition

All applicants to all Music programs must perform an entrance audition in their principal instrument or voice. Audition requirements for each instrument and for voice are listed here.


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music

See the Fine Arts webpage for information.

 

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music

Total 120 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Specialization in Music

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

MUSC 1015E     Introduction to the History of Music in Western Culture

MUSC 1115E     Materials of Music
MUSC 0116E     Keyboard Harmony I
MUSC 0117E     Sight Singing and Ear Training I
MUSC 1406E     Applied Major I*   OR   MUSC 1455E     Applied Major Performance I
6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)**
6 elective credits in the Sciences**
6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)**

* Students selecting MUSC 1406E should also complete an additional 3 credit MUSC elective (such as Ensemble series 16xx). Students may opt to put these 3 credits towards a minor and take 3 credits of MUSC in an upper year.

** electives may be taken in first year, or in subsequent years. They are required for graduation. There is a 30 credit limit in first year.

 

Second Year

MUSC 2115E     Materials of Music II
MUSC 0216E     Keyboard Harmony II
MUSC 0217E     Sight Singing and Ear Training II
6 credits in upper year Music History (MUSC 20xx, MUSC 30xx or MUSC 40xx)
MUSC 2406E     Applied Major II and 3 credits of ***MUSC electives
        OR
MUSC 2455E     Applied Major Performance II
12 elective credits
 
Third and Fourth Years
6 credits in upper year Music Theory (MUSC 3115, 31X6, 4126, 4127)  And/Or  6 credits in upper year Music History (MUSC 20xx, MUSC 30xx or MUSC 40xx)
6 credits of MUSC at the 4000 level in Music History (MUSC 40xx) or Music Theory (MUSC 41xx)
12 upper year ***MUSC elective credits
36 elective credits

***Music Electives: Any course labeled MUSC may be taken as an elective. This includes Class Instruction / Techniques series 35xx, Ensemble series 26xx, 36xx, 46xx, as well as the possibility of the five non-MUSC courses listed in the Coding System for MUSC Courses section below.

It is recommended that applied students on brass, percussion, woodwind, string or jazz instruments take 3 credits of instrumental ensemble before graduation. However, students should not take more than one Ensemble series course at the 1st-year level. It is recommended that Concurrent Education students, and those wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Education, take MUSC 2216E Elements of Conducting I, 3 or more credits of Class Instruction / Techniques courses (MUSC 35XX series), and 3 credits of a music technology course (MUSC 4026 Music Editing).

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 78 MUSC credits in their degree program.

              Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Major in Music

MUSC 1015E     Introduction to the History of Music in Western Culture
MUSC 1115E     Materials of Music
MUSC 0116E     Keyboard Harmony I
MUSC 0117E     Sight Singing and Ear Training I  
MUSC 1406E     Applied Major I
MUSC 2115E     Materials of Music II
MUSC 0216E     Keyboard Harmony II
MUSC 0217E     Sight Singing and Ear Training II
6 credits in upper year Music History (MUSC 20xx, MUSC 30xx or MUSC 40xx)
MUSC 2406E     Applied Major II
MUSC 3115E     Form and Analysis or 6 credits in upper year Music History (MUSC 20xx, MUSC 30xx, MUSC 40xx) and/or MUSC 31X6
6 MUSC credits at the 4000 level in Music History (MUSC 40xx) or Music Theory (MUSC 41xx)
78 elective credits*

Note:

  • Students may not exceed 48 MUSC credits in their degree program.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree
  • In order to get a BA, students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective courses.
     

Major in Music Studies

No audition is required for students enrolling in the Major in Music Studies program. Students may opt to audition in their second year should they wish to transfer to the BA in Music or the Major in Music.

MUSC 1015E     Introduction to the History of Music in Western Culture
MUSC 1115E     Materials of Music
MUSC 0116E     Keyboard Harmony I
MUSC 0117E     Sight Singing and Ear Training I  
MUSC 2115E     Materials of Music II
MUSC 0216E     Keyboard Harmony II
MUSC 0217E     Sight Singing and Ear Training II
6 credits in upper year Music History (MUSC 20xx, MUSC 30xx or MUSC 40xx)
MUSC 3115E     Form and Analysis OR 6 credits in upper year Music History (MUSC 20xx, MUSC 30xx, MUSC 40xx) and/or MUSC 31X6
6 MUSC credits at the 4000 level in Music History (MUSC 40xx) or Music Theory (MUSC 41xx)
6 MUSC elective credits from the following:
          MUSC x0xx = Music History courses
          MUSC x1xx = Music Theory courses
          MUSC x2xx = Pedagogy, Technology and Practical Musicianship courses
          MUSC 35xx = Class Instruction / Techniques courses
          MUSC x6xx = Ensemble courses
          The following courses are also accepted as music electives:
              CINE 2076E     Sound Recording and Manipulation
              FOLK 2136F     La chanson folklorique

              GERO 3307E     Music Therapy and Aging
              LITT 2697F     La chanson québécoise
              THEA 2216E     Musical Theatre I
              THEA 3216E     Musical Theatre II
  78 elective credits*

Note :

  • In order to get a BA, students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective courses.
  • Students may not exceed 48 MUSC credits in their degree program.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree

 

Bachelor of Arts (General) in Music

Total 90 credits

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Concentration in Music

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year

MUSC 1015E     Introduction to the History of Music in Western Culture
MUSC 1115E     Materials of Music I
MUSC 0116E     Keyboard Harmony I
MUSC 0117E     Sight Singing and Ear Training I 
MUSC 1406E     Applied Major I*   OR   MUSC 1455E     Applied Major Performance I
6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)**
6 elective credits in the Sciences**
6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)**
*  Students selecting MUSC 1406E must also complete an additional 3 credit MUSC elective, including the four non-MUSC courses identified in the Coding System for MUSC Courses section below.

** electives may be taken in first year, or in subsequent years. They are required for graduation. There is a 30 credit limit in first year.

 

Upper Years

MUSC 2115E     Materials of Music II, MUSC 0216E and MUSC 0217E   OR   6 credits in  upper year Music History (MUSC 20xx, 30xx, or 40xx)
MUSC 2406E     Applied Major II**  OR MUSC 2455E Applied Major Performance II
MUSC 3115E     Form and Analysis   OR   6 credits in upper year Music History (MUSC 20xx, 30xx, or 40xx) and/or MUSC 31X6E
42 elective credits

**Students who have completed MUSC 2406E must complete an additional 3 credit MUSC elective

Music Electives: Any course labeled MUSC may be taken as an elective. This includes Class Instruction / Techniques series 35xx, Ensemble series 26xx, 36xx, 46xx, as well as the possibility of the five non-MUSC courses listed in the Coding System for MUSC Courses section below.

It is recommended that applied students on brass, percussion, woodwind, string or jazz instruments take 3 credits of instrumental ensemble before graduation. It is recommended that Concurrent Education students, and those wishing to pursue a Bachelor of Education, take MUSC 2216E Elements of Conducting I, 3 or more credits of Class Instruction / Techniques course (MUSC 35XX series), and 3 credits of a music technology course (MUSC 4026 Music Editing).

Note:    Students may not exceed 48 MUSC credits in their degree program.

              Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Minor in Music

MUSC 1115E     Materials of Music, MUSC 0116 Keyboard Harmony I and MUSC 0117 Sight Singing and Ear Training I
          OR 
MUSC 1101E     Introduction to Music I   AND   MUSC 1102E     Introduction to Music II
MUSC 1015 or 6 credits from Music History courses at the 2000 level (MUSC 20xx). It is strongly recommended that students take MUSC 1015.
6 credits from Music History, Music Theory, Class Instruction / Techniques or Pedagogy, Technology and Practical Musicianship courses at the 3000 or 4000 level (MUSC 30xx, MUSC 31xx, MUSC 3246, MUSC 3247, MUSC 3276, MUSC 3277, MUSC 35xx, MUSC 40xx, MUSC 41xx)
6 additional credits in ***Music

***Music Electives: Any course labeled MUSC may be taken as an elective. This includes five non-MUSC classes identified in the Coding System for MUSC Courses section below.

 

Minor in Music History
MUSC 1015E     Introduction to Music in Western Culture (6 cr)

12 credits from the following
        MUSC 2006E     Music of the Baroque Period
        MUSC 2007E     Music of the Classical Period
        MUSC 2027F     Culture musicale II: La musique francophone dans le monde
        MUSC 2036E     Italian Music as Literary Text
        MUSC 2046E     Soundtracks: Music in Movies
        MUSC 2056E     Music in Popular Culture I
        MUSC 2057E     Music in Popular Culture II
        MUSC 2076E     History & Appreciation of Jazz
        MUSC 2026E     Global Music
        MUSC 3016E     Music in the Romantic Period
        MUSC 3017E     Music of the 20th Century
        MUSC 3056E     Women and Music
        MUSC 3096E     Special Topics: Music History I
        MUSC 4007E     Music Since 1945:A Perspective
        MUSC 4016E     Music of the Middle Ages
        MUSC 4017E     Music of the Renaissance
        MUSC 4026E     Special Topics: Music History I
        MUSC 4027E     Special Topics: Music History II
  
6 credits from Music History courses at the 3000 or 4000 level (MUSC 30xx or MUSC 40xx)

 

Minor in Cultural Expression  (ALSO OFFERED ONLINE)

6 credits of the following:
     *ENGL 1705E     Introduction to Writing and English Studies 
     ENGL 1706E     Introduction to Writing and English Studies I
     ENGL 1707E     Introduction to Writing and English Studies II
     LITT 1416F     Initiation à la littérature 
     *MUSC 1021E     Music Appreciation I: Middle Ages to the Classical Era 
     *MUSC 1022E     Music Appreciation II: Romantic to Contemporary Era
     MUSC 2026F     Culture musicale 1: la musique classique occidentale

     THEF 1116F     Introduction à la pratique théâtrale  
              OR
     THEF 1257F     Jeu et interprétation: le théâtre franco-ontarien 
 

18 credits of the following, including at least 6 credits at the 3000 level 

     *ANCS 2005E     Greek Mythology
     ANCS 2016E     Classical Mythology (may not retain credit for both ANCS 2016 and ANCS 2005)
     ANCS 3026E     Theories of Myth 
     CINE 2046E     History of the Motion Picture Arts 
     *COST/RLST 2446E     Interpersonal Communication I 
     *COST/RLST 2447E     Interpersonal Communication II 
     *COST 2526E     News Culture 
     *COST 2606E     The Decorated Body as Communication
     COST 3206E     Media and Popular Culture 
     ENGL/FILM 2827E     Documentary Filmmaking
     ENGL 3516E     Creative Writing 
     ENGL 3517E     Studies in Creative Writing 
     ENGL 3566E     Indigenous Oral Storytelling
     ENGL 3576E     The Craft of Life Writing
     ENGL 3577E     The Craft of Writing Poetry
     ENGL/FILM 3846E     Applied Media Aesthetics
     *FOLK 2126F     Le conte populaire 
     *FOLK 2136F     La chanson folklorique 
     FOLK 2226F     Les folklores du Canada
     *FOLK 2236F     Expressions de l’art populaire du Canada français
     *FOLK 2276F     Légendes et traditions orales amérindiennes 
     FOLK 2436F     Patrimoine culturel et formation identitaire
     FOLK 2616E     Discovering French-Canadian Folklore
     FOLK 3507F     Mise en valeur du patrimoine 
     *INDG 2505E     Native Arts of the Americas: Retrospective and Transition 
     LITT 2126F      L'imaginaire minier dans la literature 
     LITT 2697F     La chanson québécoise 
     LITT 2746F     Littérature québécoise d'avant 1960 
     LITT 2747F     Littérature québécoise depuis 1960 
     LITT 2906F     Introduction : contexte et textes de la littérature franco-ontarienne 
     LITT 2907F     Poésie et roman en Ontario français 
     LITT 3146F     Littérature et culture des autochtones et des Métis du Québec et du Canada français 
     LITT 3607F     L'essai contemporain au Canada français 
     LITT 3616F     La poésie québécoise depuis 1953 
     LITT 3627F     Le roman québécois depuis 1958 
     LITT 3906F     Le spectacle en Ontario français 
     LITT 4026F     Littérature et culture au Canada français
     MUSC 2026E     Global Music 
     MUSC 2027F     Culture musicale II: la musique francophone dans le monde

     MUSC 2056E     Music in Popular Culture I 
     MUSC 2057E     Music in Popular Culture II
     MUSC 3056E     Women and Music 
     RLST 3215E     Religion and the Arts
     THEA 2246E     Theatre History I
     THEA 2247E     Theatre History II
     *THEA 3246E     Theatre History III
     THEA 3247E     Theatre History IV 
     *THEA 3357E     Canadian Theatre 
     THEF 2206F     Histoire du théâtre 
     THEF 2306F     Jeu et interpretation: théâtre autochtone au Canada 
     THEF 3306F     Histoire de la culture autochtone dans le théâtre du Canada
     THEF 4117F     Stage culturel ou artistique 
     *WGSX 2006E     Women as Visual Artists I: A Women’s Art History 
     *WGSX 2007E     Women as Visual Artists II: Contemporary Art and Issues 
     *WGSX 2106E     Representations of Gender in the News Media 
     *WGSX 2107E     Women and Popular Culture 
     WGSX 3326E     Girl Cultures 

* denotes courses available through Laurentian Online

 

Coding System for MUSC Courses

            MUSC x0xx = Music History courses
            MUSC x1xx = Music Theory courses
            MUSC x2xx = Pedagogy, Technology and Practical Musicianship courses
            MUSC x4xx = Performance courses
            MUSC 35xx = Class Instruction / Techniques courses
            MUSC x6xx = Ensemble courses
 The following courses are also accepted as music electives:

            CINE 2076E     Sound Recording and Manipulation
            FOLK 2136F     La chanson folklorique

            GERO 3307E     Music Therapy and Aging
            LITT 2697F     La chanson québécoise
            THEA 2216E      Musical Theatre I
            THEA 3216E     Musical Theatre II

Year:

MUSC-1015EL - Introduction to the History of Music in Western Culture MUSC-1021EL - Music Appreciation I: Middle Ages to the Classical Era MUSC-1022EL - Music Appreciation II: Romantic to Contemporary Era MUSC-1101EL - Introduction to Music I MUSC-1102EL - Introduction to Music II MUSC-1115EL - Materials of Music MUSC-1401EL - Applied Music Proficiency MUSC-1406EL - Applied Major I MUSC-1411EL - Introductory Piano I MUSC-1455EL - Applied Major Performance I MUSC-1671EL - Music Ensemble MUSC-2006EL - Music of the Baroque Period MUSC-2007EL - Music of the Classical Period MUSC-2026EL - Global Music MUSC-2026FL - Culture musical I: La musique classique occidentale MUSC-2027FL - Culture musicale II: La musique francophone dans le monde MUSC-2036EL - Italian Music As Literary Text MUSC-2046EL - Soundtracks: Music in the Movies MUSC-2056EL - Music in Popular Culture I MUSC-2057EL - Music in Popular Culture II MUSC-2076EL - History and Appreciation of Jazz MUSC-2115EL - Materials of Music II MUSC-2216EL - Elements of Conducting I MUSC-2256EL - Elementary School Music I MUSC-2257EL - Elementary School Music II MUSC-2406EL - Applied Major II MUSC-2455EL - Applied Major Performance II MUSC-2671EL - Music Ensemble MUSC-3016EL - Music in the Romantic Period MUSC-3017EL - Music of the 20th Century
MUSC-3056EL - Women and Music MUSC-3096EL - Special Topics Music History I MUSC-3115EL - Form and Analysis MUSC-3196EL - Special Topics in Music Theory MUSC-3246EL - Performance Literature MUSC-3247EL - Performance Pedagogy MUSC-3276EL - Jazz Performance and Pedagogy MUSC-3277EL - Jazz Theory and Improvisation MUSC-3406EL - Applied Major III MUSC-3455EL - Applied Music Performance III MUSC-3526EL - Voice Class MUSC-3527EL - Strings Class MUSC-3536EL - Guitar Class MUSC-3546EL - Percussion Class MUSC-3547EL - Brass Class MUSC-3556EL - Winds Class MUSC-3671EL - Music Ensemble MUSC-4007EL - Music Since 1945: A Perspective MUSC-4016EL - Music of the Middle Ages MUSC-4017EL - Music of the Renaissance MUSC-4026EL - Special Topics: Music History I MUSC-4026EL - Special Topics: Music History I MUSC-4027EL - Special Topics: Music History II MUSC-4126EL - Special Topics in Music Theory I MUSC-4127EL - Special Topics in Music Theory II MUSC-4406EL - Applied Major IV MUSC-4407EL - Applied Major IVb MUSC-4455EL - Applied Major Performance IV MUSC-4671EL - Music Ensemble

Faculty:

Broumpton, Jack: Jazz Percussion     beatjammer@hotmail.com

Cheu, Dr. Hoi: Department of English, Sountracks: Music in the Movies     hcheu@laurentian.ca

Hall, Dr. Robert: Voice     rhall@laurentian.ca

Hirota, Dr. Yoko: Piano     yhirota@laurentian.ca

Leonard, Dr. Charlotte: Trombone     cleonard@laurentian.ca

Lemay, Dr. Robert: Music Theory, Form & Analysis     rlemay@laurentian.ca

Lesk, Sally: Laurentian Concert Band     slesk@laurentian.ca

MacDonald, David: Introductory Theory & History (Laurentian Online) dmacdonald@laurentian.ca

Rinaldo, Ben: Jazz Guitar     clinic@on.aibn.ca

Saaremets, Meghan: Clarinet     meghansaaremets@gmail.com

Schneider-Gould, Beth: Violin     email@duo46.com

Schofield, Karly: Flute     karly.schofield@gmail.com

Thibodeau, Gilles: French Horn     gilles.thibodeau@rcmusic.ca

Walsh, Allan: Jazz Combo, Music in Popular Culture, Jazz Performance & Pedagogy; Jazz and Classical Clarinet & Saxophone   awalsh@laurentian.ca

Weil, Zachary: Jazz Piano     zachweilis@hotmail.com

Yzereef, Allan: Classical Guitar     alyzereefjr@hotmail.com

 

Other instructors are available for the following instruments but currently do not have students enrolled in the programme: jazz bass, viola, cello, double bass, pipe organ and tuba.

Robert Hall

Robert Hall

Department of Music
Yoko Hirota

Yoko Hirota

Department of Music
Charlotte Leonard

Charlotte Leonard

Department of Music