Understanding Music: Modes of Hearing (MUSC3699)


This unit of study deals with the different ways in which we comprehend music and with the different ways in which that comprehension might be explained. It deals with modes of hearing and musical analysis for the purpose of leading students towards a deeper knowledge of how music in various genres (ranging from the classical mainstream to the twentieth-century avant-garde, from Tin Pan Alley songs to punk rock and hip-hop) is understood. A good working knowledge of musical terminology and vocabulary is required. This is the required unit of study for a music major in an Arts degree.

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2 hr lecture, 1 hr tut/wk


Brief essays eq. 1,500 words (30%), final paper 3,000 words (50%), tutorial participation (20%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


18 Junior credit points

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