Courses for Non-Music Majors


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

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

As a Brock student it is possible to sing or play in an ensemble, either for recreation or for credit. Ensembles run from September to April, with an informal audition in late August or early September. Each ensemble requires a commitment of 3 hours a week rehearsal for both terms, with participation in a concert at the end of each term. The following ensembles are available to all Brock students by audition (all rehearsals are in the Recital Hall in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre):

  • 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

• 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

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:

• MUSI 1F00, Music in Popular Culture. Offered on-line September to April.
• 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 2010-21.)
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
• MUSI 1P50 is a prerequisite for 1P55
• Offered online in 2020-2021
MUSI 1P50 is offered September-December, and MUSI 1P55 is offered January-April.

If your major allows the possibility of a minor in another subject, a minor in Music is a perfect way to explore different areas of Music in a bit more depth. To satisfy the requirements for a minor in Music you need to complete the following credits over the four years of your undergraduate degree:

  • Two MUSI credits
  • one MUSI credit numbered 2(alpha)00 or above
  • one MUSI credit numbered 2(alpha)90 or above

Any of the courses mentioned above (ensembles, lessons, MUSI 1F00, 1F10, 1P50, 1P55) can be used towards a minor in Music. In addition there is a rich selection of other academic MUSI courses that can be incorporated into a minor.
Please see the MUSI course offerings listed in the academic calendar .

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 or the Chair of Music, Dr. Karin Di Bella, at:

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