Courses for Non-Music Majors

BRING MUSIC TO YOUR DEGREE AT BROCK

The Department of Music at Brock, part of the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, offers a full and rich calendar of musical events through the academic year. Taking place in the Walker School and the adjacent FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St Catharines, our musical activities are a cornerstone of the University’s cultural profile in the Niagara region. In addition, we offer several academic degrees in Music, and music making is an integral part of our courses. If you are majoring in a subject other than Music, but music is an important part of your life that you wish to continue at University, then there are a number of options for you. Students with some background in music may receive special permission of the department to enroll in other more specialized courses in music. For more information, please email us at music@brocku.ca.

An exciting place to be!

There is a lot of music-making happening in and around the Music Department! Even if you’re majoring in something else we would love to have you join us.

Taking place in the stunning Marilyn I Walker School and adjacent FirstOntrio Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines, our musical activities are a central part of the region’s cultural offerings.

Ensembles – experience the buzz of group music making at its very best!

Ensembles are open to everyone! Current students in any program may choose to do ensembles for credit or recreation. Members of the general public are welcome too!

The schedule follows the Fall and Winter academic terms. There is a 3-hour time commitment per week, from September to April. Participation in term concerts is required.

All ensembles take place in the adjacent FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Recital Hall. Take a 3D tour here!

Fun Fact

Did you know that almost all MUSI courses are available to anyone in any program?

It’s true! However, we want to make sure that you will be able to handle the demands of the courses that you want to take.

Audition for courses

If the course involves playing an instrument or singing, we’ll ask you to do an audition for that course (requirements vary, contact the Department for more information).

Theory requirement 

If the course involves knowing how to read music notation, we’ll ask you to do a theory placement evaluation, or provide proof of a completed, accredited music theory examination. See info here, and contact the Department for more information.

  • Music 1P88 (Treble Choir SSAA) Thursdays 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Music 1P89 (Mixed Choir SATB) Mondays & Wednesdays 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

For details on both choirs as well as sign-up for auditions, visit Sing at Brock! or contact Dr Rachel Rensink-Hoff at rrensinkhoff@brocku.ca

• Wind Ensemble (MUSI 1-2-3-4P84): rehearsals Tuesdays 7:00-10:00pm
• String Orchestra (MUSI 1-2-3-4P86): rehearsals Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm
• Jazz Ensemble (MUSI 1-2-3-4P78): rehearsals Mondays 7:00-10:00pm

For more information visit Play at Brock! and for details on any of the instrumental ensembles contact music@brocku.ca

Private lessons are also available to students from any faculty across campus. The following two credit courses are available:

• MUSI 1-2-3-4F81: full credit lessons, including 24 hour-long lessons, weekly masterclass, weekly concert attendance September through April. Supplementary lesson fee for 2020-21 is $1560.
• MUSI 1-2-3-4P82: half credit lessons, including 24 30-minute lessons, weekly masterclass, weekly concert attendance September through April. Supplementary lesson fee for 2020-21 is $780.

For more information visit Lessons

The following courses are offered every year, do not have any prerequisites, and are open to all Brock students:

• Survey of developments in blues, jazz, rock and related genres of popular music. Attendance at one concert (in February) is required.

• MUSI 1F10, Introduction to Classical Music. (Not offered in 2020-21.)
Offered in class, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-6:30pm, September to April on main campus. This course counts as a Humanities Context Elective. Attendance at three concerts (in November, January and March) is required.

• MUSI 1P50 and 1P55: Music in Global Culture I and II
How music influences and reflects its culture and society. Issues of musical style from historical and cross-cultural perspectives. Music research writing skills. Relevant digital applications. Counts as a Humanities Context Elective.
Offered fully online
MUSI 1P50 is offered September-December, and MUSI 1P55 is offered January-April.

With four credits in Music you can add a Music Minor to your degree. Note: make sure your degree program allows enough room for a minor.

There are three different Music Minor options:

Option 1: Minor in Music

  • two MUSI credits
  • one MUSI credit 200+
  • one MUSI credit 290+

Option 2: Minor in Choral/Vocal Music

  • 3 years of Choral Ensemble (Treble or Mixed) (1.5 MUSI credits)
  • 1.5 MUSI electives
  • 0.5 MUSI credit 200+
  • 0.55 MUSI credit 290+

Option 3: Minor in Instrumental Music

  • 3 years of an instrumental ensemble (Wind, Jazz, or String)
  • 1.5 MUSI electives
  • 0.5 MUSI credit 200+
  • 0.5 MUSI credit 290+

Maybe a full degree isn’t for you right now, but you want to take some Music courses and have something to show for it.

The new four-credit Certificates allow you to do exactly that.

Our Certificates follow two of our Minor programs.

Certificate Option 1: Certificate in Choral/Vocal Music

  • 3 years of Choral Ensemble (Treble or Mixed) (1.5 MUSI credits)
  • 1.5 MUSI electives
  • 0.5 MUSI credit 200+
  • 0.55 MUSI credit 290+

Certificate Option 2: Certificate in Instrumental Music

  • 3 years of an instrumental ensemble (Wind, Jazz, or String)
  • 1.5 MUSI electives
  • 0.5 MUSI credit 200+
  • 0.5 MUSI credit 290+

Learn about the application process on the Brock Admissions website.

Any of the courses mentioned on this page can be used towards a Minor in Music. There are many other MUSI courses available to you too, as long as you have the prerequisites.

Please see the MUSI course offerings listed in the Academic Calendar.

Note: many MUSI courses are offered on rotation. For current offerings please see the Provisional Music Courses document on the Music Majors page.

Note, not every course is offered every year. You can sculpt this part of your degree in pretty much any way you wish, focusing on an area of Music that especially interests you: e.g. playing, singing, theory, culture and history, music education, music science and technology, and so on.

If you have questions about any of the options outlined above, please do not hesitate to contact either music@brocku.ca or the Chair of Music, Dr. Karin Di Bella, at: kdibella@brocku.ca

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