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Music And Culture

Faculty List

  • W.R. Bowen, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor
  • R.Mantie, B.Mus.Ed, M.Mus.Ed.(Brandon), Ph.D.(Toronto), Associate Professor
  • A. Rapoport, Mus.M., Mus.Doc. (Toronto), Senior Lecturer
  • A. Stanbridge, M.A. (Wolverhampton), Ph.D. (Carleton), 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 Advisor: M. Hussain, Email:

Music and Culture offers innovative programs that focus on music as it is experienced and lived today in all its diversity and complexity. Here, music is studied in courses that draw on a broad range of theoretical perspectives and methodologies coupled with active listening and reflective practice in composition and performance. Our goal is to foster a critical understanding of music and culture in a global context, including opportunities for fieldwork and community music making.

Our programs lay the foundation for further studies at the undergraduate level as well as graduate studies in music and professional careers in areas related to music. They complement 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. And they are ideally suited for those interested in music as part of lifelong learning and engagement. Students are cautioned that some courses in Music and Culture (VPM) may include Ancillary fees.

Performance Courses
The following performance courses are available to all qualified students, alumni, staff and faculty, some on a non-credit basis. Entrance is by interview/audition held during the first week of classes in the semester the courses are offered. For more details, please visit the Music Performance Ensembles Audition Information and FAQs website. Credit students should register for courses; however, admission approval will be based on successful completion of the interview/audition.

UTSC Performance Courses

General Interest Courses
VPMA93H3 Listening to Music, VPMA95H3 Elementary Musicianship I and VPMB84H3 Music of the World's Peoples, assume no previous experience in music.

Planning a Program in Music
Music studies normally begin with VPMA93H3 and A-level performance courses, which serve as the foundation for more advanced studies. Students planning a Major or Minor in Music and Culture are strongly advised to meet with the ACM Program Advisor at the start of their second year for advice on the completion of program requirements.

Please note that VPMA95H3 cannot be counted towards a program in Music and Culture.

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:

Music and Culture Areas of Focus Table:

Music and Society Community Music Music Creativity and Technology
VPMC85H3 Movies, Music, and Meaning
VPMC89H3 Music and Identity
VPMC94H3 Jazz
VPMC95H3 Musical Diasporas
VPMD90H3 Critical Issues in Music and Society
VPMB01H3 Introduction to Community Music
[VPMB66H3 String Orchestra IIa
or VPMB68H3 Small Ensemble IIa
or VPMB70H3 Concert Choir IIa or VPMB73H3 Concert Band IIa]
[VPMB67H3 String Orchestra IIb
or VPMB69H3 Small Ensemble IIb
or VPMB71H3 Concert Choir IIb or VPMB74H3 Concert Band IIb]
VPMC01H3 Exploring Community Music
VPMC78H3 Balinese Gamelan: Performance and Context
VPMD01H3 Senior Seminar: Music in our Communities
VPMB91H3 Music and Technology
VPMC90H3 Materials of Music III
VPMC91H3 Electronic Music I
VPMC97H3 Music, Technologies, Media
VPMD91H3 Electronic Music II

Service Learning and Outreach
For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.