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  • Objectives
    The program of study in Music - Performance is adapted to the needs of the aspiring musician. A solid understanding of music theory and history is the basis from which to develop unique skills and styles applied to the student's specialty. Whether they perform, compose, teach, or become employed in the music industry, all musicians require an education that strengthens their perceptual, imaginative, and expressive powers as well as develops specific skills. The Music - Performance program also features specially designed music theory and music history courses that enable students to be accommodated at their particular level of expertise. Courses in language, teaching methods, and business skills equip the student for both the teaching and commerce ends of the music profession.
  • Academic Title
    Music - Performance Diploma
  • Course description
    Within the Music - Performance program each student has the opportunity to study a major and a minor option in the following areas: brass, classical guitar, piano, percussion, strings, voice, or woodwinds. One year of piano minor is required of all students having no background in piano. Those with Grade 2 Royal Conservatory level in piano can elect one of the following minor options: brass, classical guitar, strings, piano, organ, voice, woodwind or percussion. All students are involved in music ensembles, weekly performance classes, choirs, orchestras, bands, and jazz groups.

          Semester 1

        * ENG1510   -   002   -   Business Communications I

          In this course, students will begin to develop professional business communication skills through the study and practice of the theory of communication, patterns of organization, usage and style appropriate to the workplace, and editing and proofreading strategies.

        * ENG1551   -   001   -   Writing Fundamentals: Ind. Study

          This course is required in the first semester of most post-secondary programs at Cambrian. The purpose of the course is to allow students to develop their independent learning skills and to review the fundamental conventions of Standard English.

        * MUS1000   -   002   -   Ensemble I (Large)

          This course provides an opportunity for students to investigate the special concerns involved in group performance. Development of proper intonation and a good sense of ensemble is stressed. Students perform in a choir, youth orchestra, or wind ensemble.

        * MUS1010   -   003   -   History I

          Students will be able to articulate the evolution and development of music from antiquity to the late baroque period. It traces the growth of music through a study of history, culture, and technological development.

        * MUS1117   -   002   -   String Class I

          Students will learn to play an orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass) and exhibit a basic knowledge of the capabilities of the string family, with a focus on the Suzuki method.

        * MUS1200   -   005   -   Theory I

          Students will become well versed in rudiments, melodic structure, and basic tertian harmony. The student also receives skills training in rhythmic reading, sight singing, ear training, and keyboard harmony.

        * MUS1601   -   002   -   Piano I Minor

          Students who have little or no background in piano are required to take piano fundamentals. Minimum equivalent of the Royal Conservatory Grade I level is required to pass this course. This course is taught to six students at a time, in a piano lab environment.

        * PSY1160   -   003   -   Performance Psychology

          This course addresses the physiological, psychological and emotional factors that converge to impact performance under pressure. Content will be geared predominantly to the music performer, though performance in a variety of settings will be explored. Additional concepts will include memory, focus, concentration and other factors that impact on optimum learning and rehearsal, and how these ultimately influence performance.

          ANY 1
          MAJOR SUBJECTS

        * MUS1400   -   005   -   Brass I Major

          In individual lessons, students will adopt the basic concepts of breathing, embouchure, tone, and basic articulations. The course also introduces solo literature and elementary studies. Major and harmonic scales are studied. The student is required to attend a one-hour performance class every week.

        * MUS1500   -   005   -   Classical Guitar I Major

          Students will receive individual lessons on the nylon-stringed acoustic guitar and will become proficient with basic left- and right-hand technique including rest stroke, free stroke, scales, and arpeggios. The student is required to attend a performance class every week and is instructed in performance preparation, practice procedures, and the basic history and literature of the guitar.

        * MUS1600   -   005   -   Piano I Major

          Through individual lessons, students will adlopt the basic concepts of posture, hand position, fingering, and tone. The student is also required to attend a performance class every week.

        * MUS1700   -   005   -   Strings I Major

          Through individual lessons, students will become accustomed to the basic concepts of posture, hand position, tone, relation techniques, and will be able to execute basic bowing techniques. The student is also required to attend a performance class each week.

        * MUS1800   -   005   -   Voice I Major

          Students will practice the basic concepts of breath support, formation of head sounds, vowel formation, forward placement, and focus of sound discussed in their private lesson. The student is also required to attend a performance class each week.

        * MUS1900   -   005   -   Woodwind I Major

          Through individual lessons, students will master the basic concepts of breathing, embouchure, tone, and basic articulations. The student is also required to attend a performance class each week.

        * MUS1980   -   005   -   Percussion I Major

          This course introduces basic rhythm reading, snare drum technique, and multi-percussion.

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          MINOR SUBJECTS

        * MUS1401   -   002   -   Brass Minor I

          In this course, students will receive individual instruction on a second or minor brass instrument.

        * MUS1501   -   002   -   Classical Guitar I Minor

          Students will receive individual instruction on the nylon-stringed acoustic guitar. Basic technique in finger-style playing is covered, including independence of right-hand fingers and use of rest stroke and free stroke.

        * MUS1701   -   002   -   String I Minor

          This course consists of individual instruction in viola, violin, cello, or double bass.

        * MUS1801   -   002   -   Voice I Minor

          This course consists of individual instruction.

        * MUS1901   -   002   -   Woodwind I Minor

          This course consists of individual instruction. A study of repertoire and pedogogical methods are covered.

        * MUS1919   -   002   -   Percussion I Minor

          This course introduces snare drum technique and basic rhythm reading.

          Semester 2

        * ENG1751   -   001   -   Job Search Skills: Ind. Study

          Prerequisite: ENG 1551 Through guided independent study, students will explore the job search process in detail and gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practices that lead to successful job searching and career planning. This course will also encourage further development of the independent learning skills and strategies practiced in ENG 1551 and 1581.

        * ENG2315   -   002   -   Business Communications III

          Prerequisite: ENG 1510, ENG 1550, ENG 1710 or ENG 2324 Using the business communication strategies and techniques studied in Business Communications I (ENG 1510), students will create the effective business correspondence required in specific workplace situations in their professions.

        * PSY1260   -   003   -   Foundations of Pedagogy

          Prerequisite: PSY 1160 PSY 1260 is a continuation of PSY 1160, and will build on elements of the previous course. Emphasis will be placed on the teaching and learning processes and the relationship between teacher and student, with a view to exploring the concepts that will arise in music pedagogy. Exploration of creativity, as well as music therapy will also be included in the topics for this semester.

        * MUS1050   -   002   -   Ensemble II (Large)

          This is a continuation of MUS 1000.

        * MUS1217   -   002   -   String Class II

          This is a continuation of MUS 1117.

        * MUS1020   -   003   -   History II

          Students will be able to articulate the history of the late baroque and classical periods of music history up to and including the music of Beethoven. The course deals with the evolutions of the sonata principle and studies the influence of this development on the music of the classical era.

        * MUS1250   -   005   -   Theory II

          This is a continuation of MUS 1200.

        * MUS1651   -   002   -   Piano II Minor

          This is a continuation of MUS 1601. Students should reach a minimum level of Grade II Royal Conservatory at the end of the second semester.

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          MAJOR SUBJECTS

        * MUS1410   -   005   -   Brass II Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1400, with more emphasis placed on technique. The solo repertoire is increased and students will be fluent with all major and minor scales.

        * MUS1510   -   005   -   Classical Guitar II Major

          This is a continuation of MUS 1500. This course expands basic right and left-hand techniques including third and sixth scales and covers standard chord progressions. Music literature in 19th and 20th century styles is also studied. An equivalent of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto Grade V is the minimum requirement to pass into second year.

        * MUS1610   -   005   -   Piano II Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1600

        * MUS1710   -   005   -   Strings II Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1700.

        * MUS1810   -   005   -   Voice II Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1800.

        * MUS1910   -   005   -   Woodwind II Major

          This is a continuation of MUS 1900.

        * MUS1990   -   005   -   Percussion II Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1980 and includes an introduction to keyboard percussion as well as a discussion of stylistic interpretation.

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          If piano minor requirement has been met
          MINOR SUBJECTS

        * MUS1451   -   002   -   Brass II Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1401.

        * MUS1551   -   002   -   Classical Guitar II Minor

          This is a continuation of MUS 1501. In this course, basic technique is expanded to cover all arpeggio forms, diatonic scales, and reading past the first position.

        * MUS1751   -   002   -   Strings II Minor

          This is a continuation of MUS 1701. The course consists of individual instruction in viola, violin, cello, or double bass.

        * MUS1851   -   002   -   Voice II Minor

          This is a continuation of MUS 1801.

        * MUS1951   -   002   -   Woodwind II Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1901.

        * MUS1959   -   002   -   Percussion II Minor

          This is a continuation of MUS 1919 and introduces keyboard percussion.

          Semester 3
        * ENG3000   -   003   -   Oral Communication

          ENG 3000 is designed to increase the verbal skills of music performance students so that these skills may complement their musicianship. Through an examination of vocal techniques and the practice of speech skills, each student should develop an effective style of verbal communication.

        * MUS1114   -   002   -   Winds Class I

          Students will learn to play a wind instrument that is new to them in a typical band ensemble. All material is taught in a band-class format, although additional out-of-class practice will be necessary. Class attendance and participation are essential.

        * MUS2200   -   005   -   Theory III

          Students will complete the study of tertian harmony (diatonic and chromatic). Sight inging, keyboard harmony, and ear training serve to reinforce the concepts taught.

        * MUS2311   -   002   -   Pedagogy I

          Students will cover the teaching principles and skills used by private music teachers. It is divided into two sections: a specialized techniques seminar (pertaining to the student's major) and an independent study that involves the observation and documentation of private lessons taught by experienced professionals.

        * MUS2312   -   002   -   Conducting I

          Students will cover all basic conducting techniques as covered in "The Modern Conductor" by Elizabeth Green.

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        * MUS2000   -   002   -   Ensemble III (Large)

          This course provides an opportunity for the student to investigate the special concerns involved in group performance. Development of proper intonation and a good sense of ensemble are stressed. Students may choose to perform in a choir, orchestra, or wind ensemble for this credit.

        * MUS2005   -   002   -   Ensemble I (Small)

          Once accepted through a special audition, students in this course can perform in any small combination of instruments offered in the School of Music. Examples are guitar duo-trio-quartet, small vocal ensemble, or string trio-quartet.

          ANY 1
          MAJOR SUBJECTS

        * MUS2400   -   005   -   Brass III Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1410. The solo repertoire is further increased and students continue with technique. The introduction to "C" transition and orchestral literature takes place at this point.

        * MUS2500   -   005   -   Classical Guitar III Major

          A continuation of MUS 1510, this course stresses speed and agility on basic technique, scales, arpeggios, and chords. Students are introduced to advanced techniques, harmonic, percussion effects, and repertoire from all the stylistic periods.

        * MUS2600   -   005   -   Piano III Major

          A continuation of MUS 1610, individual lessons place added emphasis on technical development, pedal techniques, dynamics, and phrasing.

        * MUS2700   -   005   -   Strings III Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1710. Individual lessons place added emphasis on technical development, more advanced shifting and position work, double stopping, vibrato, dynamics, and phrasing.

        * MUS2800   -   005   -   Voice III Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1810. Individual lessons place added emphasis on flexibility, expanding range, dynamics, and phrasing.

        * MUS2900   -   005   -   Woodwind III Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1910. Individual lessons place added emphasis on technical development, vibrato, dynamics, and phrasing.

        * MUS2980   -   005   -   Percussion III Major

          A continuation of MUS 1990 and covers snare drum technique, rudimental and concert styles, keyboard percussion study, and an introduction to timpani.

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          ANY 1
          MINOR SUBJECTS

        * MUS2401   -   002   -   Brass III Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1460, with emphasis on technique. Elementary studies and solos are introduced.

        * MUS2501   -   002   -   Classical Guitar III Minor

          A continuation of MUS 1551, this course is designed to continue the development of basic techniques. Included is a study of chromatic scales, thirds, and reading up to the fifth position.

        * MUS2601   -   002   -   Piano III Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1651.

        * MUS2701   -   002   -   Strings III Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1751.

        * MUS2801   -   002   -   Voice III Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1851.

        * MUS2901   -   002   -   Woodwind III Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1951.

        * MUS2919   -   002   -   Percussion III Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 1959 and introduces timpani.

          Semester 4
        * MUS1030   -   003   -   History III

          Students will study the romantic period of music history. The relationship between the late classical and the romantic period is examined. The philosophy and trends of the romantic period are presented together with an analysis of the works of composers such as Chopin, Liszt, Berlioz, and Brahms.

        * MUS1214   -   002   -   Winds Class II

          This is a continuation of MUS 1114.

        * MUS2250   -   005   -   Theory IV

          This course is a continuation of Theory III.

        * MUS2351   -   002   -   Pedagogy II

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2311.

        * MUS2412   -   002   -   Conducting II

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2312.

          ANY 1
        * MUS2050   -   002   -   Ensemble (Large)

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2000.

        * MUS2055   -   002   -   Ensemble II (Small)

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2005.

          AND
          ANY 1
          MAJOR SUBJECTS

        * MUS2410   -   005   -   Brass IV Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2400.

        * MUS2510   -   005   -   Classical Guitar IV Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2500, where students will continue to develop advanced guitar techniques including all arpeggios, tremolo, scales in all keys, and standard study material in these areas. Students' progress through guitar literature to the equivalent of Royal Conservatory of Toronto Grade VII.

        * MUS2610   -   005   -   Piano IV Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2600.

        * MUS2710   -   005   -   Strings IV Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2700.

        * MUS2810   -   005   -   Voice IV Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2800.

        * MUS2910   -   005   -   Woodwind IV Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2900.

        * MUS2990   -   005   -   Percussion IV Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2980.

          AND
          ANY 1
          MINOR SUBJECTS

        * MUS2451   -   002   -   Brass IV Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2401.

        * MUS2551   -   002   -   Classical Guitar IV Minor

          A continuation of MUS 2501, this course is designed to continue the development of basic technique. Included is a study of sixths, slur scales, all diatonic scales, and study material to reinforce these areas. Students must reach the equivalent of Royal Conservatory of Toronto Grade IV.

        * MUS2651   -   002   -   Piano IV Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2601.

        * MUS2751   -   002   -   Strings IV Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2701.

        * MUS2851   -   002   -   Voice IV Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2801.

        * MUS2951   -   002   -   Woodwind IV Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2901.

        * MUS2959   -   002   -   Percussion IV Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2919, and introduces multi-percussion.

          Semester 5
        * MUS1040   -   003   -   History IV

          Students will become familiar with the many trends of composition in the contemporary period of music history. The transition from the music of the romantic period to music of the 20th century is examined. The course covers the most important stylistic trends in music from Debussy onward. The music of Bartok, Schoenberg, Ives, and Stravinsky is studied.

        * MUS1115   -   002   -   Guitar & Percussion Class I

          Students will be able to execute basic percussion techniques, which are taught in a class setting. The class moves on to multi-percussion group pieces by the end of the term.

        * MUS3003   -   003   -   The Business Of Music I

          This is the first semester of a two-semester course that covers many aspects of music marketing. Course content includes public relations, contracts and copyrights, planning a demo recording, organizing a concert series, and working with music related computer software.

        * MUS3200   -   003   -   Theory V

          This course deals with 18th, 19th, and 20th century styles through analysis of form, listening, and written assignments. Skills training is also included.

        * MUS3311   -   003   -   Pedagogy III

          This course is a ontinuation of MUS 2351 and includes an extension of the teaching techniques associated with the student's major instrument as applied to practice teaching of other students in the major area for one hour per week.

          ANY 1
        * MUS3000   -   002   -   Ensemble V (Large)

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2050.

        * MUS3005   -   002   -   Ensemble III(Small)

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2055.

          AND
          ANY 1
          MAJOR SUBJECTS

        * MUS3400   -   005   -   Brass V Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2410. Students study all major and minor scales and harmonic in thirds and continue to develop both the solo repertoire and orchestral expertise. Transportation into G, A, D, Eb, and F are introduced.

        * MUS3500   -   005   -   Classical Guitar V Major

          A continuation of MUS 2510, this course consists of high-level technical studies including Villa - Lobos and Sor. Students study repertoire from all stylistics periods covered in class. Emphasis is on performance practice of particular periods.

        * MUS3600   -   005   -   Piano V Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2610. Individual lessons take a more advanced approach to the student's applied major. Technical facility, stylistic playing, and musicality are the overall goals.

        * MUS3700   -   005   -   Strings V Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2710. Individual lessons take a more advanced approach to the student's applied major. Technical facility at a senior level, advanced bowing techniques, stylistics playing, and musicality are stressed.

        * MUS3800   -   005   -   Voice V Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2810. Individual lessons take a more advanced approach to the student's applied major. Stylistic singing and musicality are the overall goals.

        * MUS3900   -   005   -   Woodwind V Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2910. Individual lessons take a more advanced approach to the student's applied major. Technical facility, stylistic playing, and musicality are the overall goals.
        * MUS3980   -   005   -   Percussion V Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2990. Drum concentration and orchestral percussion techniques are covered.

          AND
          ANY 1
          MINOR SUBJECTS

        * MUS3401   -   002   -   Brass V Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2451. Students strive for a high competency on the minor instrument at this point.

        * MUS3501   -   002   -   Classical Guitar V Minor

          A continuation of MUS 2551, this course is designed to assist students in the development of all aspects of technique and reading in all positions.

        * MUS3601   -   002   -   Piano V Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2651.

        * MUS3701   -   002   -   Strings V Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2751.

        * MUS3801   -   002   -   Voice V Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2851.

        * MUS3901   -   002   -   Woodwind V Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 2951.

        * MUS3919   -   002   -   Percussion V Minor

          A continuation of MUS 2959, this course introduces percussion in orchestral and popular music.

          Semester 6

        * MUS1215   -   002   -   Guitar & Percussion Class II

          This is a continuation of MUS 1115, but the study of percussion changes to a focus on basic guitar skills.

        * MUS3004   -   003   -   The Business Of Music II

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3003.

        * MUS3250   -   003   -   Theory VI

          Students will study and write 18th century counterpoint. The student proceeds from species counterpoint to the composing of two-part inventions and three-part fugues.

        * MUS3351   -   003   -   Music Pedagogy IV

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3311.

          ANY 1
        * MUS3050   -   002   -   Ensemble VI (Large)

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3000.

        * MUS3055   -   002   -   Ensemble IV (Small)

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3005.

          AND
          ANY 1
          MAJOR SUBJECTS

        * MUS3410   -   005   -   Brass VI Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3400.

        * MUS3510   -   005   -   Classical Guitar VI Major

          A continuation of MUS 3500, this course continues with the high-level technical studies including special 20th century technique. Special emphasis is placed on music reading.

        * MUS3610   -   005   -   Piano VI Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3600.

        * MUS3710   -   005   -   Strings VI Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3700.

        * MUS3810   -   005   -   Voice VI Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3800.

        * MUS3910   -   005   -   Woodwind VI Major

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3900.

        * MUS3990   -   005   -   Percussion VI Major

          A continuation of MUS 3980, this course is an overview of the previous semester's work. Concentration is on percussion stylistic interpretation (Latin, African, etc.).

          AND
          ANY 1
          MINOR SUBJECTS

        * MUS3451   -   002   -   Brass VI Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3401.

        * MUS3551   -   002   -   Classical Guitar VI Minor

          A continuation of MUS 3501, this course is designed to enable students to develop technique and repertoire to the equivalent of Royal Conservatory of Toronto Grade VI.

        * MUS3651   -   002   -   Piano VI Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3601.

        * MUS3751   -   002   -   Strings V1 Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3701.

        * MUS3851   -   002   -   Voice VI Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3801.

        * MUS3951   -   002   -   Woodwind VI Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3901.

        * MUS3959   -   002   -   Percussion VI Minor

          This course is a continuation of MUS 3919. Percussion education techniques and resources are studied.

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