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Foundation for Music Therapy Studies

Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Diploma
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall
curriculum framework

Semester I

Course Title Credits Required Credits
PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology I 3 3
English -  Choose 3 credits from the following:   3
ENGL 1102 Reading Literature and Culture 3  
ENGL 1106  Reading Fiction 3  
ENGL 1114 Reading Poetry  3  
ENGL 1115 Reading Plays 3  
ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3  
Music Theory - Choose 3 credits from the following:   3
MUSC 1101 Materials of Music I  3  
MUSC 1110 Theory of Tonal Music I 3  
Aural Skills -  Choose 3 credits from the following:   3
MUSC 1104 Aural & Sight Singing Skills I 3  
MUSC 1115 Ear Training and Sight Singing I 3  
Ensemble -  Choose 1.5-2 credits from the following:    1.5-2
MUSC 1130 Concert Band I 2  
MUSC 1135 Beginning Instrumental Ensemble I 1.5  
MUSC 1137 Jazz Ensemble I 1.5  
MUSC 1140 Chorus I 2  
MUSC 1144 Chorale I 2  
MUSC 1145 Beginning Choral Ensemble I 1.5  
MUSC 1177 Fusion Band I 1.5  
MUSC 1184 Percussion Ensemble I 1.5  
MUSC 1185 Guitar Ensemble I 1.5  
Applied Music -  Choose 1.5-2 credits from the following:    1.5-2
MUSC 1106 Introductory Class Piano I 2  
MUSC 1113 Introduction to Composition I  
MUSC 1114 Contemporary Instrumental Improvisation I  1.5  
MUSC 1116 Class Piano I 2  
MUSC 1153 Studio Instruction - General (1/2 hr) I 2  
       
  Total credits

 15-16

Semester II

Course Title Credits Required Credits
PSYC 1200 Introduction to Psychology II 3 3
English - Choose 3 credits from the following:   3
ENGL 1102 Reading Literature and Culture 3  
ENGL 1106  Reading Fiction 3  
ENGL 1114 Reading Poetry  3  
ENGL 1115 Reading Plays 3  
ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3  
Music Theory - Choose 3 credits from the following:   3
MUSC 1201 Materials of Music II  3  
MUSC 1210 Theory of Tonal Music II 3  
Aural Skills -   Choose 3 credits from the following:   3
MUSC 1204 Aural & Sight Singing Skills II 3  
MUSC 1215 Ear Training and Sight Singing II 3  
Ensemble -   Choose 1.5-2 credits from the following:    1.5-2
MUSC 1230 Concert Band II 2  
MUSC 1235 Beginning Instrumental Ensemble II 1.5  
MUSC 1237 Jazz Ensemble II 1.5  
MUSC 1240 Chorus II 2  
MUSC 1244 Chorale II 2  
MUSC 1245 Beginning Choral Ensemble II 1.5  
MUSC 1277 Fusion Band II 1.5  
MUSC 1284 Percussion Ensemble II 1.5  
MUSC 1285 Guitar Ensemble II 1.5  
Applied Music - Choose 1.5-2 credits from the following:     1.5-2
MUSC 1162 Keyboard Harmony I 1.5  
MUSC 1206 Introductory Class Piano II 2  
MUSC 1213 Introduction to Composition II  
MUSC 1214 Contemporary Instrumental Improvisation II  1.5  
MUSC 1216 Class Piano II 2  
MUSC 1253 Studio Instruction - General (1/2 hr) II 2  
       
  Total credits

 15-16

Semester III

Course Title Credits Required Credits
PSYC 3320 Child Behaviour and Development 3 3
MUSC 1186 Popular Guitar-Voice Basics I 1.5 1.5
Science / Math - Choose 3 credits from the following:   3
SCIENCE Any open-enrolment, university-transferable science elective  3  
MATH Any open-enrolment, university-transferable math elective 3  
PSYC 2315 Biological Bases of Behaviour 3  
Music History -  Choose 3 credits from the following:    3
MUSC 1121 Listening in Context I  3  
MUSC 1120 History of Western Music I: Introduction 3  
Ensemble -   Choose 1.5-2 credits from the following:    1.5-2
MUSC 2177 Fusion Band III 1.5  
MUSC 2330 Concert Band III 2  
MUSC 2337 Jazz Ensemble III 1.5  
MUSC 2340 Chorus III 2  
MUSC 2344 Chorale III 2  
MUSC 2384 Percussion Ensemble III 1.5  
MUSC 2385 Guitar Ensemble III 1.5  
Music Electives -  Create a plan with Co-ordinator / committee*    1.5-3
       
  Total credits

 13.5-15.5

* Note: The music electives have been left unspecified due to the many variations in possible needs and interests of students in their 2nd year.  Possibilities include Music Theory, Ear Training and Sight Singing, Music History, ensembles, Studio Instruction Courses, and Composition.  Please see the graduation checklist for all options.

Semester IV 

Course Title Credits Required Credits
MUSC 1286 Popular Guitar-Voice Basics II 1.5 1.5
Psychology -

Choose 6 credits from the following*: 

  6
PSYC 2315 Biological Bases of Behaviour 3  
PSYC 2360 Cognitive Psychology    
PSYC 3321 Adolescent Psychology    
PSYC 3322 Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging 3  
PSYC 3330 An Introduction to Social Psychology    
PSYC 3309 Critical Issues in Psychology    
PSYC 3333 Cultural Competency and Counselling with Canada's Aboriginal Peoples 3  
PSYC 3365 The Psychology of Learning    
Music History -  Choose 3 credits from the following:    3
MUSC 1221 Listening in Context II  3  
MUSC 1220 History of Western Music II: Classic / Romantic 3  
MUSC 2420 History of Western Music IV: Early Music 3  
PEFA 3136 History of Popular Music 3  
PEFA 3236 World Music 3  
Ensemble -   Choose 1.5-2 credits from the following:    1.5-2
MUSC 2277 Fusion Band IV 1.5  
MUSC 2430 Concert Band IV 2  
MUSC 2437 Jazz Ensemble IV 1.5  
MUSC 2440 Chorus IV 2  
MUSC 2444 Chorale IV 2  
MUSC 2484 Percussion Ensemble IV 1.5  
MUSC 2485 Guitar Ensemble IV 1.5  
Music Electives -  Create a plan with Co-ordinator / committee    1.5-3
       
  Total credits

 13.5-15.5

* Note: Psychology options chosen must include one of PSYC 2315, 2360, 3321, 3322, or 3330.  PSYC 2315 may only be used toward the Psychology requirement in semester 4 if not taken to meet the science/math requirement in semester 3.  Each course will only be counted once toward the Diploma.

Note about program flexibility:

There are many possibilities other than the above plan, with regards to course order and options.  Here are some examples:

  • changing ensemble choices from one term to the next: this would result in more ensemble courses numbered 11XX, and none at the 24XX level
  • taking Music History options in the 1st year, and waiting until 2nd year to take Music Theory and Aural Skills courses
  • meeting the Science / Math course requirement in the first year, and taking English later in the sequence
  • taking courses in the summer term
  • PSYC 1100 & 1200 may be taken in either order, or concurrently

Therefore, the following graduation checklist may provide a more comprehensive view of the program than the curriculum framework.

Graduation Checklist

15 credits: 5 Psychology courses, taken as follows:

6 credits: 2 English courses, chosen from the following:

3 credits: 1 Science / Math course, chosen from the following:

  • PSYC 2315
  • any open-enrolment, university-transferable math elective (MATH 1234 recommended)
  • any open-enrolment, university-transferable science elective

18 credits: 6 Academic Music courses, taken as follows:

6-8 credits: any 4 Music Ensemble courses, chosen from the following:

  • Concert Band: MUSC 1130, 1230, 2330, 2430 [2 credits each]
  • Jazz Ensemble: MUSC 1137, 1237, 2337, 2437 [1.5 credits each]
  • Beginning Instrumental Ensemble: MUSC 1135, 1235 [1.5 credits each]
  • Fusion Band*: MUSC 1177, 1277, 2177, 2277 [1.5 credits each]
  • Chorus: MUSC 1140, 1240, 2340, 2440 [2 credits each]
  • Beginning Choral Ensemble: MUSC 1145,1245 [1.5 credits each]
  • Chorale: MUSC 1144, 1244, 2344, 2444 [2 credits each]
  • Percussion Ensemble: MUSC 1184, 1284, 2384, 2484 [1.5 credits each]
  • Guitar Ensemble: MUSC 1185,1285,2385,2485 [1.5 credits each]

*Note: Fusion Band participation is dependent upon seat availability.  Music Technology students have registration priority.

3 credits: 2 Applied Music courses, taken as follows:

7-9 credits: Music electives, chosen from the following:

Academic Music options:

Applied Music options:

  • Ear Training and Sight Singing: MUSC 1115, 1215, 2315, 2415 [3 credits each]
  • Composition: MUSC 1113, 1213 [2 credits each]
  • Contemporary Instrumental Improvisation: MUSC 1114, 1214, 2314, 2414 [1.5 credits each]
  • Studio Instruction - General (1/2 hr): MUSC 1153, 1253, 2353, 2453 [2 credits each, additional fees may apply]
  • Studio Instruction - General (1hr): MUSC 1152, 1252, 2352, 2452 [3 credits each, additional fees may apply]
  • Class Piano - MUSC 1106, 1206, 1116, 1216, 2316, 2416 [2 credits each]
  • Keyboard Harmony: MUSC 1162, 1262 [1.5 credits each]
  • Any ensemble course not counted toward the ensemble requirement [1.5-2 credits each]

60 credits: TOTAL

admission requirements
  1. General College Admission Requirements
  2. English 12 with a minimum final grade of "C", or approved substitution
  3. Intake Interview.  The student will meet with a music faculty member to discuss their course plan.  Students are advised that for many music courses, pre-requisite knowledge is required.  Course eligibility will be measured by assessments (e.g. theory and aural skills courses) or auditions (e.g. ensembles, studio instruction courses). Assessments and auditions are linked to course eligibility, not program eligibility.  

*NOTE:  3.0 credits in Science or Math are required for graduation from this program. Some courses that fulfill this requirement have science or math prerequisites. Please check individual courses for more information.

program cost

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Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.