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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
July 25, 2017
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Course Codes and Descriptions

MU620 Music and Meaning in Community Contexts (0.5 credit)

This course examines music from a number of different perspectives to address musicís place within a community context. Music will be explored from a cultural perspective that specifically examines the social meanings of creating, performing, and listening. Topics include the sociology and anthropology of music, commercial media, literacy and cultural transmission, principles of music perception, and informal and formal learning.

MU606 Qualitative Research Methods (0.5 credit)

With the approval of the graduate student coordinator, students must take a research methods course appropriate to their program. Either quantitative or qualitative methods are acceptable, but must be directly relevant to the studentís research agenda.

A range of graduate research courses are offered in various graduate programs at Laurier. Students should select a course that provides pertinent methodology to the type of investigation they plan to undertake. Consultation with the Graduate Coordinator is advised to assist in the Research Methods course selection.

MU621 Community Music Practices and Leadership (0.5 credit)

Through the exploration of Community Music (CM) history, philosophy, and current best practices in the context of educational theory, pedagogy and various applied teaching/learning modalities, students will develop leadership skills in a variety of CM settings.

MU622 Creativity and Inter-disciplinary Arts (0.5 credit)

The 36 hour course is comprised of 24 hours in workshop format with guests from dance, drama, visual arts, and music theatre, and 12 hours of dialogue/reflection on these workshops. End-of-course presentations involve the design of a creative workshop that engages at least 2 arts disciplines.

MU623 New Media, Business, Administration, and Marketing (0.5 credit)

This course will help prepare students to succeed in an arts-centered career. The course will focus on personal aspirations and career planning for work in the arts; professional and organizational strategies, including developing elements of a business plan; and the use of media to create public awareness of community music enterprises.

MU698 Applied Community Service and Research Project (2.0 credits)

Applied community service is the practical, experiential component of the degree program, essential for connecting theory to practice. Students may remain in the same Applied Community Service placement for the entire degree, or they may opt to combine several placements of shorter duration. Students in the program use this experience to develop their skills, and at several points during the degree come together for scheduled seminar meetings to share best practices and discuss challenges in community service. The capstone Research Project is based on the Applied Community Service placement(s); in addition to a research paper, the capstone project includes a demonstration of Community Leadership. This might be constructed as a lecture- demonstration, open house, concert, and gallery or other presentation approved by the project advisor.

MU650 Independent Reading Course (0.5 credits)

Students may select this course to fulfill the requirements for the elective credit. The purpose of this course is to allow a student, in consultation with an instructor, to develop and independent course of study in which the student does research and reading on a topic of professional interest with relevance to the applied research project. Assignments of appropriate rigour and scope will also be agreed upon and negotiated between the instructor and the student. Students may be permitted to take no more than one independent reading course. Availability of independent reading courses is subject to faculty availability.