Program Requirements: B.Mus. Theory (124 credits)

The Bachelor of Music - Major Theory is a 124 credit program. You may have fewer credits to complete if you receive course exemptions and/or transfer credits.

Use our sample 4-year program plan to determine when to take each course.

Required courses (total: 47 credits)

Performance (12 credits)

  • MUIN 180 BMus Practical Lessons 1 3 Credits
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  • MUIN 181 BMus Practical Lessons 2 3 Credits
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  • MUIN 280 BMus Practical Lessons 3 2.5 Credits
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  • MUIN 281 BMus Practical Lessons 4 2.5 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUIN 283 BMus Concentration Final Exam 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
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Musicianship (12 credits)

  • MUSP 140 Musicianship Training 1 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUSP 141 Musicianship Training 2 2 Credits
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  • MUSP 170 Musicianship (Keyboard) 1 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUSP 171 Musicianship (Keyboard) 2 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUSP 240 Musicianship Training 3 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUSP 241 Musicianship Training 4 2 Credits
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  • MUSP 346 Post-Tonal Musicianship 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
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Music History (6 credits)

  • MUHL 186 Western Musical Traditions 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUHL 286 Critical Thinking About Music 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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Music Theory (15 credits)

  • MUTH 150 Theory and Analysis 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUTH 151 Theory and Analysis 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUTH 250 Theory and Analysis 3 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUTH 251 Theory and Analysis 4 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUTH 350 Theory and Analysis 5 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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Professional Training (2 credits)

  • MUPD 135 Music as a Profession 1 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUPD 235 Music as a Profession 2 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
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Complementary courses (total: 44 credits)

You are required to register for a large and small ensemble as long as you are registered in a required practical instruction course.

Ensembles (MUEN xxx). 8 credits from:

  • MUEN 563 Jazz Vocal Workshop 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUEN 572 Cappella Antica 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUEN 573 Baroque Orchestra 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUEN 587 Cappella McGill 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUEN 590 McGill Wind Orchestra 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUEN 592 Chamber Jazz Ensemble 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUEN 593 Choral Ensembles 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUEN 594 Contemporary Music Ensemble 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUEN 595 Jazz Ensembles 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUEN 597 McGill Symphony Orchestra 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
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Music history (upper level - MUHL 3xx). 6 credits from:

  • MUHL 314 Women in Music:A Cr-Cult Persp 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUHL 330 Music and Film 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUHL 342 Hist of Electroacoustic Music 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUHL 362 Popular Music 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUHL 366 The Era of the Fortepiano 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUHL 372 Solo Song Outside Germ&Austria 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUHL 375 Intro to Ethnomusicology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUHL 377 Baroque Opera 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUHL 380 Medieval Music 3 Credits
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  • MUHL 381 Renaissance Music 3 Credits
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  • MUHL 382 Baroque Music 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUHL 383 Classical Music 3 Credits
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  • MUHL 384 Romantic Music 3 Credits
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  • MUHL 385 Early Twentieth-Century Music 3 Credits
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  • MUHL 386 Chamber Music Literature 3 Credits
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  • MUHL 387 Opera from Mozart to Puccini 3 Credits
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  • MUHL 388 Opera After 1900 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUHL 390 The German Lied 3 Credits
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  • MUHL 391 Canadian Music 3 Credits
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  • MUHL 392 Music since 1945 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUHL 393 History of Jazz 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUHL 395 Keyboard Lit before 1750 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUHL 396 Era of the Modern Piano 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MUHL 397 Choral Literature after 1750 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUHL 398 Wind Ensemble Lit after 1750 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUHL 529 Proseminar in Musicology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUHL 591D1 Paleography 1.5 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUHL 591D2 Paleography 1.5 Credits
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    • Fall
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  • MUPP 381 Topics in Performance Practice 3 CreditsLimited Enrolment
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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Theory (30 credits)

6 credits from:

  • MUTH 202 Modal Counterpoint 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUTH 204 Tonal Counterpoint 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUTH 302 Modal Counterpoint 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUTH 304 Tonal Counterpoint 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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6 credits from:

  • MUTH 321 Topics in Tonal Analysis 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUTH 322 Topics in Post-Tonal Analysis 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUTH 426 Topics in Early Music Analysis 3 CreditsLimited Enrolment
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUTH 541 Topics in Pop Music Analysis 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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6 credits from:

  • MUTH 528 Schenkerian Theory & Analysis 3 CreditsLimited Enrolment
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUTH 529 Proseminar in Music Theory 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUTH 538 Math Models for Music Analysis 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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12 credits from courses not taken above and/or the following:

  • MUCO 462 Advanced Tonal Writing 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUCO 575 Topics in Composition 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MUTH 539 Topics in Adv Writing Tech 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
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Electives (total: 33 credits)

Free electives (18 credits)

These can be music or non-music courses.

 

Non-music electives (15 credits)