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Music Honours

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) with a major in music is a flexible program that offers several options for the music student to pursue an interest in composition or electroacoustic music. The program takes full advantage of the opportunities to experience and study other art forms that are provided in the School for the Contemporary Arts.

At the upper division, students complete one of two streams: composition or electroacoustic. The requirements at the lower division are the same for all streams but students are advised to select their chosen stream as early as second year, so that the proper prerequisites can be completed.

Students whose interest in music is related primarily to its historical, critical, or theoretical aspects should consider the Visual Culture and Performance Studies program which leads to a bachelor of arts degree. Contact the school's general office for information about entry to specific music courses.

Admission Requirements

Program and course admission is contingent upon University admission. Contact Student Services for admission procedures, requirements and deadlines. Entry to all programs and to many courses is by audition, interview or application. Contact the school’s office for information on procedures and deadlines.

Although the University operates on a trimester system, most CA courses are planned in a two term (fall and spring) sequence. Consequently, students enter in the fall term (September) and are advised to contact the school in the preceding January for program entry and requirements information.

Entry to the music program requires that students read music staff notation at a good to excellent level and possess a solid understanding of music fundamentals. Students must pass the SFU Music Entrance exam with a grade of B (or better) OR take the course CA 104 Music Fundamentals and achieve a grade of B (or better). SFU Music Entrance exams are held regularly throughout the year, so prospective students should contact the School for information regarding this requirement.

Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing

Unassigned or general elective (type 2 and 3, respectively) transfer credit awarded for courses completed at other recognized post-secondary institutions will not automatically entitle students to advanced standing in the school’s programs. Advanced standing is generally given on an individual basis as a result of an audition or interview.

About the School’s Course Offerings

Students are encouraged to take advantage of interdisciplinary offerings within the school. As many programs depend on a continuing sequence of courses completed in order, students should plan carefully to gain the maximum benefit and efficiency from their study.

Note that not all courses are offered every term and several are offered on a rotational basis, i.e. every third or fourth term. An advisor is available to help plan study programs.

Students are reminded that the school is an interdisciplinary fine and performing arts department, and are strongly advised to acquaint themselves with the many disciplinary courses that are available.

Special Topics Courses

The subject matter (and prerequisites) of special or selected topics courses vary by term.

Prior Approval Prerequisite

Where a prerequisite is or includes ‘prior approval,’ approval must be obtained before enrolling in the course. Contact the school for further information.

Program Requirements

Students complete 132 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 36 units, including

Three core courses below:

CA 149 - Sound (3)

Introduction to acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound synthesis, audio sampling and signal processing, and sound production in general as relating to music, film sound, radio, new media, art installations and live performance. Students who have taken CA (or FPA) 184 cannot take CA (or FPA) 149 for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 149 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Eldritch Priest
Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
GCA 3200, GOLDCORP
CA 186 - Art and the Moving Image (3)

Introduces innovations in the fine and performing arts to show the range of possibilities open to those who wish to employ or understand the use of moving images in their disciplinary and multidisciplinary art practices. By the completion of the course students should have a good sense not only of previous innovations and traditions, but of the contemporary scene as well. Students with credit for FPA 186 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 285 - Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

An introduction to the techniques of artistic composition as experienced in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment. The emphasis is on the creation, analysis and critique of new compositions created in collaborative groups by students in dance, music, theatre, film/video and visual art. Prerequisite: One of CA (or FPA) 122, 130, 145, 150, 160, 170. Students with credit for FPA 285 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Cheryl Prophet
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4210, GOLDCORP

Plus one additional CA history course outside their major.

and all of

CA 140 - Music after 1900 (3)

An introductory survey of major historical trends and practices of music in the 20th and 21st centuries as revealed by the study of selected music examples. Critical issues fundamental to an understanding of contemporary composition will be examined (e.g. impressionism, twelve-tone music, indeterminacy, the role of technology, improvisation). May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 140 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
CA 145 - Introduction to Music Composition and Theory (3)

This course introduces basic concepts of music composition such as melody and pitch organization, harmony, rhythm and form. The fundamental principles of theory and acoustics (e.g. voice-leading, overtone structure, metre) will be studied with particular reference to composition. Students will compose short works within given guidelines that address specific compositional issues. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 104. Students who have completed a music theory/notation course at another institution but who have not received transfer credit as CA (or FPA) 104 should seek a clearance/prerequisite waiver from the department. Students with credit for FPA 145 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 146 - Introduction to Music Composition and Theory II (3)

A continuation of CA (or FPA) 145 where students compose short works for instruments within given parameters that address specific compositional issues. Analysis of a wide range of music, score reading and recorded music of selected compositions will be included. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 140 and 145. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 244 may not complete this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 146 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sabrina Schroeder
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
D101
Tu 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
D102
Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
D103
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
CA 245 - Music Composition I (3)

Composition for small instrumental groups, electroacoustic resources or combinations of instruments and electronics. Students are also encouraged to do work involving collaboration with dance, film, theatre and visual art. In addition to individual composition lessons, students will be required to attend a composition seminar where the practice of composition will be discussed. Seminar topics will include orchestration, world repertoire, and issues of music technology. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 146. Students with credit for FPA 245 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ritsuko Ueda
Sabrina Schroeder
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP

and three of

CA 243 - Gamelan I (3)

Practical and theoretical study of music for gamelan ensemble, based on, but not limited to, traditional Javanese music. This course is designed as an introduction to the study of the music of non-Western cultures and as a method of developing ensemble musicianship. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: Prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 243 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sutrisno Setya Hartana
Mo, We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2555, GOLDCORP
CA 246 - Music Composition II (3)

This course is a continuation of CA (or FPA) 245. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 140 and 245, and prior approval from the area. Students with credit for FPA 246 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ritsuko Ueda
Sabrina Schroeder
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
CA 247 - Electroacoustic Music I (3)

The theory and practice of electroacoustic music technology and composition. The course will examine through lecture and studio work the following topics: analog and digital synthesis, microcomputer use, the multi-track studio, signal processing, communication protocols such as MIDI and sampling techniques. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 149. Students with credit for FPA 247 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

CA 248 - Conducting I (3)

Introduces basic elements of conducting technique including metrical patterns, quality of beat, cueing, score preparation, rehearsal technique, showing expression and dynamics, and score reading. The course is primarily designed for composers or prospective music teachers. Students will gain regular practical experience through conducting ensembles comprised of members of the class. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 245. Students who have received credit for CA (or FPA) 249-3 Selected Topics in Music I: Conducting I may not receive further credit for CA 248. Students with credit for FPA 248 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 249 - Selected Topics in Music I (3)

A specific topic in music which is not otherwise covered in-depth in regular courses. The work may be practical, theoretical or a combination of the two, depending on the particular topic in a given term. May repeat for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 140 and/or prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 249 may not take this course for further credit.

CMNS 258 - History of Sound in Media (3)

An introduction to audio representation technology and a survey of the history of major sound-based media, including a discussion of the way sound design conventions have developed over time. Students both analyze sound in media and create audio-based applied projects. Specific techniques of field recording, interviewing, editing, sound processing, multi-tracking, and basic digital audio techniques will be explored using the school's studio facilities. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Milena Droumeva
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCK 8652, Burnaby
D101
Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby
D102
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
SSCK 7655, Burnaby

and one additional CA studio course from outside of the music discipline

+ See advisor for course options.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum of 46 units.

Composition Stream

Students who choose this stream will complete all of

CA 345 - Music Composition III (4)

This course is a continuation of CA (or FPA) 246. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 246 or 247, and prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 345 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ritsuko Ueda
Sabrina Schroeder
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
CA 346 - Music Composition IV (4)

This course is a continuation of CA (or FPA) 345. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 345. Students with credit for FPA 346 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ritsuko Ueda
Sabrina Schroeder
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
CA 445 - Music Composition V (4)

This course is a continuation of CA (or FPA) 346. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 346. Students with credit for FPA 445 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ritsuko Ueda
Sabrina Schroeder
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
CA 446 - Senior Project in Music Composition (5)

Students will undertake a large-scale project in music composition as the culmination of their undergraduate composition studies. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 445. Students with credit for FPA 446 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ritsuko Ueda
Sabrina Schroeder
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP

and a minimum of 11 units chosen from

CA 341 - World Music (3)

The relationship of music and culture, with emphasis on traditional and contemporary music in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and indigenous cultures of North America. Specific cultural areas may be selected for intensive study in any particular term. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for FPA 341 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 343 - Gamelan II (3)

Continuation of CA (or FPA) 243, with increased emphasis on the theoretical and ethnomusicological aspects of gamelan. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 243. Students with credit for FPA 343 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sutrisno Setya Hartana
Mo, We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 2555, GOLDCORP
CA 344 - Contemporary Music Analysis and Criticism (3)

An in-depth investigation of selected social, critical and theoretical issues associated with contemporary music, with special emphasis on the period c. 1945 to the present. Issues discussed might include such theoretical concerns as integral serialism; indeterminacy; process music; timbral concerns; or new approaches to melody, harmony and tonality. Critical topics such as music and technology; popular music and the mass media; or critical issues connected with world music might also be considered. The material of the course will be presented through the study of scores, recorded examples and when possible, live concerts. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 245.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Eldritch Priest
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
CA 347 - Electroacoustic Music II (4)

An advanced examination of the aesthetics, technology, and compositional approaches of electroacoustic music. Topics may include computer music programming, performance systems, compositional strategies and their relationship to technology, synthesis and processing techniques and the analysis of works. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 247. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 347 under its former title may take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 347 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Arne Eigenfeldt
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 3420, GOLDCORP
D101 Arne Eigenfeldt
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 3420, GOLDCORP
CA 348 - Conducting II (3)

Continuation of CA (or FPA) 248, with an increased emphasis on more advanced conducting projects. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 248 or CA (or FPA) 249-3 Selected Topics in Music I: Conducting I. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 349-3 Selected Topics in Music II: Conducting II may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 348 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 349 - Selected Topics in Music II (3)

A specific topic in music which is not otherwise covered in depth in regular courses. The work may be practical, theoretical or a combination of the two, depending on the particular topic in a given term. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 245.

CA 386 - Film Music: An Overview of the Relationship between Music and Moving Pictures (3)

This course examines the role of music in the viewer's experience of moving pictures. Beginning with the early 1900s, the lectures will introduce important composers, directors, films, genres and historical periods. Specific films and other works will be analyzed. Prerequisite: 60 credit hours. Students who have taken this course previously as special topics may not take it again for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 386 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 443 - Gamelan III (3)

Continuation of CA (or FPA) 343 with emphasis on the technique of the elaborating instruments of the gamelan ensemble. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 343. Students with credit for FPA 443 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sutrisno Setya Hartana
Mo, We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 2555, GOLDCORP
CA 447 - Computer Music Composition (4)

The theory and practice of digital techniques and computer systems as applied to sound synthesis and music composition. The course will consider the major types of hardware and software systems developed for music from 1955 to the present, and will discuss such issues as machine programmability, user interaction, acoustic models for sound synthesis, and compositional algorithms. Students will have the opportunity for practical compositional work. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 347. Recommended: CMPT 001 or 110. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 348 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 447 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Arne Eigenfeldt
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 3420, GOLDCORP
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 3420, GOLDCORP

and a minimum of six CA units chosen from outside the major (CMNS 358 or 359 may be substituted)

and the remaining 12 required units chosen from CA upper division courses in courses- placement is based on prerequisites and/or permission of the instructor. See advisor for course options.

Electroacoustic Stream

Students who choose this stream will complete all of

CA 347 - Electroacoustic Music II (4)

An advanced examination of the aesthetics, technology, and compositional approaches of electroacoustic music. Topics may include computer music programming, performance systems, compositional strategies and their relationship to technology, synthesis and processing techniques and the analysis of works. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 247. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 347 under its former title may take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 347 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Arne Eigenfeldt
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 3420, GOLDCORP
D101 Arne Eigenfeldt
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 3420, GOLDCORP
CA 447 - Computer Music Composition (4)

The theory and practice of digital techniques and computer systems as applied to sound synthesis and music composition. The course will consider the major types of hardware and software systems developed for music from 1955 to the present, and will discuss such issues as machine programmability, user interaction, acoustic models for sound synthesis, and compositional algorithms. Students will have the opportunity for practical compositional work. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 347. Recommended: CMPT 001 or 110. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 348 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 447 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Arne Eigenfeldt
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
GCA 3420, GOLDCORP
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 3420, GOLDCORP

and a minimum of 17 units chosen from

CMNS 358 - Sound Recording: Theory and Design (4)

An intermediate level studio workshop to develop the student's skills in sound production with an understanding of the communicational implications of sound design. Audio theory and its applications in both the digital and analog formats will be presented, along with practical studio techniques for stereo and multi-channel sound production. Prerequisite: CMNS 258 (or equivalent) with a grade of B or higher, and approval of instructor.

CMNS 359 - Sound Studies II: Researching with Sound (4)

Building on Sound Studies I (CMNS 259), this seminar and lab course is designed to support intermediate level project work in the field of sound studies using communications approaches as well as reflexive ethnography. Surveys a wide range of theory and research practices associated with orality and oral communication, auditory perception, systems for measurement and evaluation of sound, soundwalking and sound art practice, audio techniques and formats in music production, sound design, soundmapping hearing prostheses, and data sonification. Prerequisite: CMNS 259.

CA 341 - World Music (3)

The relationship of music and culture, with emphasis on traditional and contemporary music in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and indigenous cultures of North America. Specific cultural areas may be selected for intensive study in any particular term. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for FPA 341 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 343 - Gamelan II (3)

Continuation of CA (or FPA) 243, with increased emphasis on the theoretical and ethnomusicological aspects of gamelan. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 243. Students with credit for FPA 343 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sutrisno Setya Hartana
Mo, We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 2555, GOLDCORP
CA 344 - Contemporary Music Analysis and Criticism (3)

An in-depth investigation of selected social, critical and theoretical issues associated with contemporary music, with special emphasis on the period c. 1945 to the present. Issues discussed might include such theoretical concerns as integral serialism; indeterminacy; process music; timbral concerns; or new approaches to melody, harmony and tonality. Critical topics such as music and technology; popular music and the mass media; or critical issues connected with world music might also be considered. The material of the course will be presented through the study of scores, recorded examples and when possible, live concerts. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 245.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D200 Eldritch Priest
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
CA 345 - Music Composition III (4)

This course is a continuation of CA (or FPA) 246. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 246 or 247, and prior approval. Students with credit for FPA 345 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ritsuko Ueda
Sabrina Schroeder
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
CA 346 - Music Composition IV (4)

This course is a continuation of CA (or FPA) 345. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 345. Students with credit for FPA 346 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ritsuko Ueda
Sabrina Schroeder
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP
CA 348 - Conducting II (3)

Continuation of CA (or FPA) 248, with an increased emphasis on more advanced conducting projects. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 248 or CA (or FPA) 249-3 Selected Topics in Music I: Conducting I. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 349-3 Selected Topics in Music II: Conducting II may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 348 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 349 - Selected Topics in Music II (3)

A specific topic in music which is not otherwise covered in depth in regular courses. The work may be practical, theoretical or a combination of the two, depending on the particular topic in a given term. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 245.

CA 386 - Film Music: An Overview of the Relationship between Music and Moving Pictures (3)

This course examines the role of music in the viewer's experience of moving pictures. Beginning with the early 1900s, the lectures will introduce important composers, directors, films, genres and historical periods. Specific films and other works will be analyzed. Prerequisite: 60 credit hours. Students who have taken this course previously as special topics may not take it again for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 386 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 443 - Gamelan III (3)

Continuation of CA (or FPA) 343 with emphasis on the technique of the elaborating instruments of the gamelan ensemble. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 343. Students with credit for FPA 443 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Sutrisno Setya Hartana
Mo, We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
GCA 2555, GOLDCORP
CA 445 - Music Composition V (4)

This course is a continuation of CA (or FPA) 346. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 346. Students with credit for FPA 445 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ritsuko Ueda
Sabrina Schroeder
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 4350, GOLDCORP

and a minimum of six CA units chosen from outside the major.

and the remaining 15 units chosen from CA upper division courses (placement in courses is based on prerequisites and/or permission of the instructor). See advisor for course options.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.