Undergraduate Electives

TMU307H Analysis I

In-depth analysis of musical works from c. 1750 to 1840; study of recent analytical approaches to music and meaning, musical form, and text-music relationships; selected readings.

TMU308H Analysis II

In-depth analysis of musical works from c. 1840 to 1910; study of recent analytical approaches to musical form, chromatic harmony, and text-music relationships; selected readings.

TMU309H Music with Text 

This course will provide a broad analytical survey of the varied relationships between poetry and music in many styles and genres, from classic nineteenth- and twentieth-century works in different art song traditions to popular music and the songs of Tagore. Topics to be explored include the interrelationship between poetic meter and musical meter, formal and narrative strategies, and matters of interpretation, through readings in the analytical literature and through responses ranging from short essays to creative exercises in text setting and songwriting. 

TMU316H Counterpoint I

Practical and analytical study of 18th-century contrapuntal techniques, including species writing, canon and invention.

TMU317H Counterpoint II

Continuation of TMU316H1 including chorale prelude and fugue.

TMU318H Counterpoint III

Study of modal counterpoint; strict species technique and 16th-century procedures in vocal writing.

TMU321H Analysis of Global Musics 

Recent years have seen the growth of an analytical literature that applies tools developed for the understanding of tonal and post-tonal repertories to a variety of global musics. In this course, we study selections from this literature; in addition to close, directed listenings, we discuss the achievements and limitations of particular analyses and their interactions with tools developed for musical understanding within the musical cultures in question. As a final project, students will undertake their own analytical study. 

TMU401H Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis

Introduction to the approach of tonal analysis developed by Heinrich Schenker. Class work will emphasize analytical sketching skills but will also involve readings in secondary literature, especially related to historical and intellectual contexts, contemporary critiques, and theoretical extensions. 

TMU403H Introduction to the Theory and Analysis of Serial and Atonal Music

Introduction to the theory of pitch-class sets and set relations, including an examination of referential collections (scales) and their properties and a study of ordered set relation (serial procedures). Readings from Babbitt, Forte, Perle, Straus and others, and analysis of representative 20th-century compositions.

TMU404H Extended Tonal Techniques in Twentieth-Century Music

An analytical study of the music of Debussy, Bartók, Stravinsky and others. The course will focus on harmony (modes, scales, chords), rhythm, form, and methods of motivic and thematic development.

SMU401H Psychology of Music

This course surveys the field of music perception and cognition. Sample topics: music acquisition; memory, tonality, and expectation; meter and movement; music and language; and emotion. Students acquire basic knowledge of empirical methods, appraise published research through writing assignments, and investigate a topic of their choosing in a final project.