Zachary Seguin

MUSIC Courses

MUSIC 100 – Understanding Music

The styles, forms, techniques, and terminology of Western music through lectures and listening, as exemplified by great works from all eras of music history.

MUSIC 110 – Music in Cultural Contexts

An intensive study of music from around the globe and throughout the ages, employing several approaches in studying how music reflects and responds to its diverse social, political, and historical contexts.

MUSIC 111 – Fundamentals of Music Theory

An introduction to the primary skills of music practice emphasizing the reading and writing of musical notation. Students will learn elementary keyboard, listening, and sight-singing skills.

MUSIC 116 – Music Ensemble

The study of selected music literature through rehearsals and performance in one of the Music Department's ensembles: Chamber Choir, Chapel Choir, University Choir, Vocal Techniques, Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, World Music Ensemble. Regular attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.

MUSIC 117 – Music Ensemble

The study of selected music literature through rehearsals and performance in one of the Music Department's ensembles: Chamber Choir, Chapel Choir, University Choir, Vocal Techniques, Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, World Music Ensemble. Regular attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.

MUSIC 140 – Popular Music and Culture

An examination of the styles, forms and development of 20th-century popular music. The social, commercial and technological aspects of popular music are considered.

MUSIC 216 – Music Ensemble

The study of selected music literature through rehearsals and performance in one of the Music Department's ensembles: Chamber Choir, Chapel Choir, University Choir, Vocal Techniques, Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, World Music Ensemble. Regular attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.

MUSIC 217 – Music Ensemble

The study of selected music literature through rehearsals and performance in one of the Music Department's ensembles: Chamber Choir, Chapel Choir, University Choir, Vocal Techniques, Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, World Music Ensemble. Regular attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.

MUSIC 222 – Conducting 1

A study of conducting techniques appropriate for song leading, choral rehearsal and public performance. The course will include score analysis and rehearsal procedures for music from a wide variety of historical styles.

MUSIC 226 – Music Studio

Individual instruction in Voice, Piano, Organ, Classical Guitar and orchestral instruments.

MUSIC 227 – Music Studio

Individual instruction in Voice, Piano, Organ, Classical Guitar and orchestral instruments.

MUSIC 231 – Music Cognition

The study of music from a behavioural science perspective. Topics include auditory perception, creativity and aesthetic experience, emotive human responses, and the social psychology of music activities. Recent research in the field of music cognition will be explored in detail.

MUSIC 232 – Music as a Global Phenomenon

A survey of music studied in cross-cultural perspective with regard to its sound, performance practices, meanings, and functions from selected world traditions found in the diverse cultures of Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

MUSIC 233 – Musical Rhythm in Global Perspective

A multidisciplinary survey of rhythm in selected musics examined in terms of scientific, symbolic, and experiential knowledge that connects it to the concepts of time, history, biology, evolution, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, and contemporary globalized culture.

MUSIC 240 – Introduction to Jazz

A survey of the development of jazz schools and individual styles as well as a study of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic improvisation. Styles will be demonstrated through recordings and live performance.

MUSIC 245 – World Music

A survey of traditional music outside of North America, including Africa, South America, the Far East, the South Pacific, the mid-East and Europe, with special emphasis on the role of music within the culture.

MUSIC 246 – Soundtracks: Music in Film

An examination of the techniques, styles, and functions of music in film, and how music interacts with image and narrative to create meanings. Weekly screenings of films selected from the 1930's to the present.

MUSIC 253 – Cathedral and Court: Music to 1600

A study of major developments in western music during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, including Gregorian chant, mass, secular songs, instrumental music, and other musical genres that flourished under courtly and church patronage from the early Christian church to 1600.

MUSIC 254 – Monteverdi to Mozart: Music from 1600-1800

A study of Baroque and Classical music of the 17th and 18th centuries in cultural, political, and artistic contexts. Topics include the development of opera, choral music, symphony, sonata, and the music of Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Mozart, and others.

MUSIC 255 – The Romantic Century: Beethoven and Beyond

A study of music of the 19th century in cultural, political, and artistic contexts. Topics include the development of principal forms in the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Wagner, Verdi, Brahms, Bruckner, and others.

MUSIC 256 – Music Since 1900

A study of music of the 20th and early 21st centuries in cultural, political, and artistic contexts. Topics include modern and contemporary composers' challenges to traditional musical ideals in the music of Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Cage, and others.

MUSIC 260 – The Symphony

A survey of the great symphonies from Haydn to Stravinsky, through lectures and listening. A portion of the course will be devoted to works being performed by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra during the term.

MUSIC 261 – Opera

An introduction to the themes, sources, forms, and nature of opera through selected works from Monteverdi to Britten. The course explores ways that drama is interpreted through music and considers opera in a broader context of social and artistic issues.

MUSIC 262 – Music for Vocal Ensemble

A survey of the great masterpieces for vocal ensemble from Medieval times to the present studied through reading, lecture, and listening. Principle choral genres of each historical era are studied and discussed including works performed by the Grand Philharmonic Choir during the term.

MUSIC 270 – Music Theory 1

The study of basic melodic, harmonic and voice leading concepts including an introduction to figured bass and functional harmony. Ear-training, sight-singing and keyboard lab sessions will be integrated with written and analytical work.

MUSIC 271 – Music Theory 2

The study of harmony, counterpoint and form of 18th- and early 19th-century music. Sight-singing, ear-training and keyboard lab sessions will be integrated with written and analytical work.

MUSIC 275 – Music and Technology

A hands-on introduction to music and technology, including recording, audio editing, digital signal processing, and MIDI. Course work will foster a practical understanding of digital music production software and techniques, and involve electroacoustic or acoustic composition.

MUSIC 290 – Special Topics

A special study of a selected topic in music. Consult department for details.

MUSIC 316 – Music Ensemble

The study of selected music literature through rehearsals and performance in one of the Music Department's ensembles: Chamber Choir, Chapel Choir, University Choir, Vocal Techniques, Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, World Music Ensemble. Regular attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.

MUSIC 317 – Music Ensemble

The study of selected music literature through rehearsals and performance in one of the Music Department's ensembles: Chamber Choir, Chapel Choir, University Choir, Vocal Techniques, Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble, World Music Ensemble. Regular attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.

MUSIC 322 – Conducting 2

A continuation of the study of conducting techniques begun in MUSIC 222. The course focuses on the development of analytical and musical skills including score study, aural skills, and gestural clarity.

MUSIC 326 – Music Studio

Individual instruction in Voice, Piano, Organ, Classical Guitar and orchestral instruments.

MUSIC 327 – Music Studio

Individual instruction in Voice, Piano, Organ, Classical Guitar and orchestral instruments.

MUSIC 332 – Aesthetics of Music

This course employs various methods to explore questions of musical meaning. Through study and discussion of selected sources from antiquity to the present, such themes as imitation, abstraction, beauty and other debated issues will be examined in historical context and in relation to the other arts.

MUSIC 333 – Music and Landscape

This course explores how landscape is represented in music from Vivaldi and Beethoven to popular genres and Canadian music. Topics include the role of landscape and music in cultural identity, ways in which music evokes space and place, music and the environment, soundscape, and site-specific music.

MUSIC 334 – Women and Music

An examination of women's roles in music from a cross-cultural perspective. Topics include women's music as a genre, historical accounts of women's music-making, the effects of gender ideology on women's musical activities, and music behaviour and performance in inter-gender relations.

MUSIC 335 – Perspectives in Music and Peace

This course examines music's role in peace and conflict from a variety of perspectives through listening, reading, discussion, and using examples from around the world. Topics include the use of music in dissent and resistance, and as an instrument of propaganda, conflict, and peacebuilding.

MUSIC 355 – Music and Culture Travel Course

A Spring term seminar approximately three weeks long, taught on location including daily lectures, attendance at music performances, and tours to places of cultural importance. Past and possible future locations include Vienna, London, Leipzig, South Africa, Morocco, Bali, and Estonia.

MUSIC 361 – Art Song

A study of the music written for solo voice from the 17th century to the present.

MUSIC 362 – Piano Literature

A study of music for solo piano from its 17th- and 18th-century antecedents to the present. Using historical and analytical approaches, individual works will be considered within a tradition of particular forms, genres, and styles.

MUSIC 363 – The Christian Hymn

The origins of the Christian hymn and its development up to the present. The course considers the hymn as theological, poetic, musical, cultural, and spiritual expression, and the use of hymns in a variety of worship settings.

MUSIC 364 – Worship and its Music

The nature of worship and the role of music within worship in historical, theological, and cultural perspective. Field trips to services of various traditions.

MUSIC 370 – Music Theory 3 (19th-Century)

The study of chromatic harmony as well as melodic and formal aspects of 19th-century music. Ear-training, sight-singing and keyboard lab sessions will be integrated with written and analytical work.

MUSIC 371 – Theory 4 (20th-Century)

The study of the compositional aspects of 20th-century music, including extended tonality, atonality, 12-tone writing, neo-classical idioms and contemporary compositional procedures. Lab sessions will cover non-tonal melodic reading and complex chord structures.

MUSIC 376 – Composition Seminar

An exploration of the discipline and craft of composing and arranging. Topics include choral, chamber ensemble, and orchestral techniques; electronic music; and charting for popular music. The course includes both score preparation and opportunities for recital performances of original works.

MUSIC 380 – Directed Study in Music

An independent term project completed under tutorial guidance of a faculty advisor.

MUSIC 381 – Directed Study in Music

An independent term project completed under tutorial guidance of a faculty advisor.

MUSIC 390 – Special Topics in Music

A special study of a selected topic in music. Consult department for details.

MUSIC 391 – Special Topics in Music 2

A special study of a selected topic in music. Consult department for details.

MUSIC 392 – Special Topics in Global Music

A study of a selected topic in global music. Consult department for details.

MUSIC 426 – Music Studio

Individual instruction in Voice, Piano, Organ, Classical Guitar and orchestral instruments.

MUSIC 427 – Music Studio

Individual instruction in Voice, Piano, Organ, Classical Guitar, and orchestral instruments.

MUSIC 428 – Music Studio

Individual instruction in Voice, Piano, Organ, Classical Guitar and orchestral instruments. Students perform a senior recital in place of a jury.

MUSIC 491 – Senior Research Seminar

A research seminar for Music majors designed to give students an opportunity to develop research techniques through individual research projects and regular meetings with other students and faculty.

MUSIC 492 – Senior Honours Thesis

An independent research project for Honours Music students. The topic is determined through consultation between the student and a faculty advisor.