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), Associate Professor
  • A. Rapoport, Mus.M., Mus.Doc. (Toronto), Senior Lecturer
  • 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


ACM Program Manager: M. Hussain  Email: manaal.hussain@utoronto.ca

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 (Developing Musicianship, Introduction to Community Music, and Music in the Contemporary World) intended to provide 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 Performance Ensembles Audition Information and FAQs website. 

UTSC Performance Courses
String Orchestra:  MUZA64H3; MUZA65H3; MUZB64H3; MUZB65H3; MUZC64H3; MUZC65H3  
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.

General Interest Courses
MUZA99H3 and MUZA80H3 assume no previous experience in music. 

Music and Culture Areas of Focus Table:
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 Community Music Music and Society

Music, Creativity, and Technology

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
MUZB01H3
MUZB02H3
MUZC01H3
MUZC02H3
MUZD01H3
MUZB20H3
MUZB21H3
MUZC20H3
MUZC21H3
MUZC22H3
MUZC23H3
MUZB40H3
MUZB41H3
MUZC40H3
MUZC41H3
MUZC42H3
MUZC43H3


 

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.

VPM Rubric Changes

Old Course Code
New Course Code
Course Title
VPMA66H3
MUZA64H3
String Orchestra Ia
VPMA67H3
MUZA65H3
String Orchestra Ib
VPMA68H3
MUZA66H3
Small Ensembles Ia
VPMA69H3
MUZA67H3
Small Ensembles Ib
VPMA70H3
MUZA62H3
Concert Choir Ia
VPMA71H3
MUZA63H3
Concert Choir Ib
VPMA73H3
MUZA60H3
Concert Band Ia
VPMA74H3
MUZA61H3
Concert Band Ib
VPMA93H3
MUZA99H3
Listening to Music
VPMA95H3
MUZA80H3
Foundations in Musicianship
VPMB01H3
MUZB01H3
Introduction to Community Music
VPMB02H3
MUZB02H3
Music Facilitation and Learning
VPMB66H3
MUZB64H3
String Orchestra IIa
VPMB67H3
MUZB65H3
String Orchestra IIb
VPMB68H3
MUZB66H3
Small Ensembles IIa
VPMB69H3
MUZB67H3
Small Ensembles IIb
VPMB70H3
MUZB62H3
Concert Choir IIa
VPMB71H3
MUZB63H3
Concert Choir IIb
VPMB73H3
MUZB60H3
Concert Band IIa
VPMB74H3
MUZB61H3
Concert Band IIb
VPMB82H3
MUZB20H3
Music in the Contemporary World
VPMB88H3
MUZB80H3
Developing Musicianship
VPMB90H3
MUZB81H3
The Independent Music-Maker
VPMB91H3
MUZB40H3
Music and Technology
VPMC01H3
MUZC01H3
Exploring Community Music
VPMC02H3
MUZC02H3
Music, Health, and Wellness
VPMC65H3
MUZC23H3
Critical Issues in Music & Society
VPMC66H3
MUZC64H3
String Orchestra IIIa
VPMC67H3
MUZC65H3
String Orchestra IIIb
VPMC68H3
MUZC66H3
Small Ensembles IIIa
VPMC69H3
MUZC67H3
Small Ensembles IIIb
VPMC70H3
MUZC62H3
Concert Choir IIIa
VPMC71H3
MUZC63H3
Concert Choir IIIb
VPMC73H3
MUZC60H3
Concert Band IIIa
VPMC74H3
MUZC61H3
Concert Band IIIb
VPMC85H3
MUZC20H3
Movies, Music and Meaning
VPMC88H3
MUZC80H3
Topics in Music and Culture
VPMC90H3
MUZC40H3
The Composer’s Studio
VPMC91H3
MUZC41H3
Digital Music Creation
VPMC94H3
MUZC22H3
Jazz Roots and Routes
VPMC95H3
MUZC21H3
Musical Diaspora
VPMC97H3
MUZC43H3
Music, Technologies, Media
VPMD01H3
MUZD01H3
Senior Seminar: Music in Our Communities
VPMD02H3
MUZD80H3
Music and Culture Senior Project
VPMD80H3
MUZD81H3
Independent Study in Music
VPMD91H3
MUZC42H3
Creative Audio Design Workshop