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Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Units Undergraduate Programs and Courses Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Department of Music
Department of Music
Associate Professor and Chair G.D. Colton
Professor A. Carastathis
Associate Professors D. Jobin-Bevans,
G.D. Colton
Sessional Lecturers C. Anderson,
  B. Baty,
  P. Clarke,
  M. Douglas, 
  K. Erickson,
  J. Fahrenbruck,
  C. Gibson,
  N. Hennan,
  G. Holborn,
  C. Jillings,
  T. Kahara, 
  M. Klazek, 
  H. Morrison,
  C. Ojala,
  J. Poniatowski,
  J. Roy


The Department of Music's two Honours programs provide students with a musical background the opportunity to develop their performance skills, while deepening their awareness and understanding of music history and literature, theory and analysis, and related topics. Instruction is available in voice, all standard orchestral instruments, saxophone, classical guitar, piano, and organ. Studies in conducting, composition and orchestration, participation in ensembles, plus elective courses, contribute to the study of music as an intellectual discipline and creative and performing art.

The Department of Music was founded in 1988 and in the spring of 1992 moved into a new facility on the LU main campus. The Music and Visual Arts Centre includes a rehearsal hall, music library, practice modules, classrooms, teaching studios and faculty offices. Digital recording equipment, two concert grand pianos, a collection of orchestral instruments, computers and music software, and a library of compact discs and musical scores are readily available to full­time and part­time students.

The Department sponsors many concerts including a series of chamber music concerts on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Music students are advised to keep this slot in their timetables open and are strongly urged to attend all concerts. Master classes, lectures and workshops occur throughout the year.

Graduates of the Department of Music may engage in a wide variety of professional activities, including teaching and performing, enter into the rapidly expanding field of arts administration, or pursue graduate work in areas such as musicology, composition, music theory, music librarianship, conducting or performance.


See Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs in the Admission Requirements section of this Calendar.

In addition to the University admission requirements, those applying for a degree in music are required to have an interview with the Chair of the Department of Music, to perform an audition (or to supply the Department with an audition tape), and to write a theory entrance test. The audition will normally comprise two or three contrasting pieces or complete movements totalling no more than fifteen minutes. Candidates must supply copies of the music to be performed to the audition panel and must arrange for their own accompanist if necessary. To set up an audition and theory entrance test the Department of Music should be contacted directly.


See the University Regulations section and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Regulations section of this Calendar for conditions to enter, proceed in, and graduate from these programs.

Concert attendance:
All students enrolled in the Honours Bachelor of Arts (Music) and Honours Bachelor of Music programs are required to attend at least ten "approved" concerts each year (for a total of at least forty concerts) and to inform the music office of which concerts were attended (students will be informed of the mechanism for doing so at the time of registration). "Approved" concerts, include, but are not limited to, events sponsored by the Department of Music, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and Consortium Aurora Borealis. A "Pass" will be entered on the student's transcript to indicate that ten concerts have been attended and verified. Four passes are required before a student may graduate.

Performance courses:
Performance courses (Primary and Secondary) must be taken in sequence and each year level may be repeated only once. In the event that a course is repeated and credit is achieved in both attempts, only the second attempt will retain credit weight. The prerequisite for a Performance: Secondary course at the second year level is Performance: Secondary I in the same medium with a grade of 70% or better. The prerequisite for a Performance: Primary course is the Performance: Primary course in the same medium at the previous year level. Students must attain 65% or better in Performance: Primary I to go on to Performance: Primary II. Only one Performance: Primary course may be taken in any one academic year. Only one Performance: Secondary course may be taken in any one academic year.

Non­music students enrolled in Performance: Secondary I must complete the co­requisite Rudiments of Music 1310. This requirement may be waived if the student successfully completes a challenge exam, to be administered periodically throughout the year. Consult the Department for further information.

Ensemble courses:
All music students are required to participate in the Vocal Ensemble for four years. All music students must participate in the Chamber Ensemble for a minimum of two years and maximum of three years. All music students must participate in the New Music Ensemble for a minimum of one year and maximum of two years.

Participation in ensemble classes is open to non­music majors by audition only. All participants must be registered in the course and the ability to read music is a prerequisite. Ensemble courses may require students to participate in rehearsals and/or performances outside of class time.

A student who has graduated from the HBA (Music) program is ineligible for the HBMus degree. It will be indicated on the student's transcript if the HBMus requirements have been met subsequent to the completion of the HBA (Music) degree.

Piano Proficiency:
All students enrolled in the HBMus and HBA(Music) programs must demonstrate piano proficiency prior to graduation.