Music and Culture

Faculty List
  • W.R. Bowen, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Emeritus
  • M. Campbell, B. Ed. (York), M.A. (York), Ph.D. (Toronto), Assistant Professor
  • R.Mantie, B.Mus.Ed, M.Mus.Ed.(Brandon), Ph.D.(Toronto), Professor
  • A. Rapoport, Mus.M., Mus.Doc. (Toronto), Senior Lecturer, Emeritus
  • L. Risk, B.A. (UC Berkeley), M.A. (McGill), Ph.D. (McGill), Assistant Professor
  • A. Stanbridge, M.A. (Wolverhampton), Ph.D. (Carleton), Associate Professor
  • K. Suzuki, B.Mus. (Indiana), D.M.A. (Stanford), Associate Professor
  • L.C. Tucker, B.Mus., B.Mus.Ed. (Memorial), M.Mus.Mus.Ed, M.Mus. Perf. (Wisconsin-Madison), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

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Music and Culture offers innovative programming that focuses on music as it is experienced and lived today in all its diversity and complexity. Our faculty engage in performance, creation and composition, research and scholarly leadership, and community engagement — all of which embrace the program’s commitment to access inclusion and empowerment. The Music and Culture program serves the diverse needs and interests of UTSC students. In providing cultural, artistic, intellectual, and civic leadership, we put music in conversation with a variety of social, cultural, and historical issues.

Music and Culture course offerings challenge students to work towards self-directedness and develop their capacities as creative leaders in community cultural development. Students create, join, and enliven musical and artistic communities, both on the UTSC campus and beyond, with a focus on civic participation, arts entrepreneurship, health and wellness, and community development.

Multiple experiential learning opportunities across the program prepare students for a wide range of professional careers in areas related to music and are also ideally suited for those interested in music as part of lifelong learning and engagement. The Music and Culture program complements studies in many fields, including adult education and community development, arts management, city studies, computer science, health studies, historical and cultural studies, media arts, media studies, music education, psychology, sociology, studio art, and visual studies.

The Music and Culture program includes and accommodates students of all musical backgrounds and abilities. Some courses involve music creation and performance dependent on prior experience. The performance courses, for example, are open-enrollment but are not a place to learn music for the first time. The Small Ensembles course provides opportunities for students whose musicianship (of all types) may not align with the three large ensembles (Concert Choir, Concert Band, String Orchestra).* Courses in the Music & Society area of focus (below) are generally lecture-based and involve rigorous scholarly training mixed with experiential learning opportunities in field research and community engagement.

Planning a Program in Music and Culture

Students in their first year take MUZA80H3 Foundations in Musicianship, along with 1.0 credits of performance courses. Students planning a Major or Minor in Music and Culture are strongly advised to meet with the ACM Program Manager at the beginning of their second year for advice on the completion of program requirements.
Students (Majors) in their second year take three B-level courses (MUZB80H3 Developing Musicianship, MUZB01H3 Introduction to Community Music, and MUZB20H3 Music in the Contemporary World) intended to provide a breadth of knowledge.

Music and Culture courses (table below) are grouped into “program-wide” and focus areas (Community Music, Music & Society, Music Creativity and Technology). Students in their third and fourth years are encouraged to develop depth in an area of focus, the courses of which are intended to create a developmental sequence of learning. 

Students are cautioned that some courses in Music and Culture (MUZ) may include Ancillary fees.

Performance Courses

The following performance courses are available to all students, alumni, staff and faculty, upon successful placement interviews. Students registered in courses will be given placement priority. For more details, please visit the Music and Culture program website. 

String Orchestra

Small Ensemble
MUZA66H3, MUZA67H3, MUZB66H3, MUZB67H3, MUZC66H3, MUZC67H3*There are two LEC sections of Small Ensembles. Students interested in popular, rock, jazz, or other contemporary styles should register for LEC 01. Students interested in classical, folk, "world," or other acoustic-based styles should register for LEC 02.

Concert Choir

Concert Band

General Interest Courses

MUZA99H3 and MUZA80H3 assume no previous experience in music. 

Music and Culture Areas of Focus

The program offers three areas of focus. Students are encouraged to develop the depth of learning through study in one or two areas of focus as follows:

Program-Wide Courses
Concert Choir (offered Fall & Winter), Concert Band (offered Fall & Winter), String Orchestra (offered Fall & Winter), Small Ensembles (offered Fall & Winter), MUZA99H3, MUZA80H3, MUZB80H3, MUZB81H3, MUZC80H3, MUZD80H3

Community Music

Music and Society

Music, Creativity, and Technology

Program Combination Restrictions in Music and Culture

The Minor in Music and Culture cannot be combined with the Major in Music and Culture.

Experiential Learning and Outreach

For a community-based experiential learning opportunity in your academic field of interest, consider the course CTLB03H3, which can be found in the Teaching and Learning section of the Calendar.