Engineering Music Performance Minor

The Engineering Music Performance Minor was designed for U of T Engineering undergraduates interested in exploring creativity in performance with music technology. Through a partnership with the Faculty of Music, the Faculty is able to provide engineering students with access to a performance-based program, including courses typically only offered to music students.

There are courses within this minor that are only eligible as Free Electives (FE), Extra Courses (EXT), or Complementary Studies (CS) requirements beyond the 1.0 credits required for an undergraduate degree in U of T Engineering. Thus, students who wish to pursue this minor must be prepared to take on coursework above and beyond their degree requirements. Students may submit requests to their home departments to take ECE 446 and/or technical courses from the Faculty of Music as Technical Elective Substitutions (TES) for their degree programs.

This minor is open to any student completing an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.


Enrolment in the minor is conditional on a student’s acceptance into the minor’s core course: PMU 299Y (PDF). Acceptance into the course is based on an audition which will be held virtually in May. Placement may become competitive if the demand for the minor exceeds the maximum number of placements that are available. Detailed information on PMU299Y auditions is available online (PDF).

Minimum playing level required is RCM Gr. 8, plus background in theory and rudiments (Rudiments II or equivalent).

Additional information:

  • TMU111H1, TMU406H1, and HMU111H1 are available for selection via ACORN.
    • HMU111H1F Introduction to Music and Society – Monday 9-11 a.m., Friday 9-10 a.m.
    • TMU111H1F Computer Applications in Music – Wednesday 6-8 p.m.
    • TMU333H1F Introduction to Sound Recording – Wednesday 9-11 a.m.
    • TMU406H1F MAX/MSP – Tuesday 1-3 p.m.
  • One cannot enrol in TMU 130 and TMU 131 through ACORN. If you would like to take either course this year, please email Sharon Brown at
    • TMU130H1F Music Theory 1 – Monday 3-5 p.m. (Engineering Section
    • TMU131H1S Music Theory II – ( Monday and Wednesday 11-12 a.m., Thursday 9-10 a.m. or 10-11 a.m.) or (Monday and Wednesday 12-1 p.m., Thursday 9-10 a.m.  or 10-11 a.m.)
  • TMU319, TMU320, and TMU330 will not be offered this year.
  • All MUS courses can be added via ACORN. U of T Engineering does not have priority spaces in MUS courses, so you will have to wait until August to add those. See Timetable Builder for schedule info .
    • MUS110H1F – Introduction to Music History and Culture
    • MUS210H1S – Music in Film
    • MUS215H1S – Performing Arts in East Asia
    • MUS302H1F – Symphony
    • MUS303H1F – Music in the Contemporary World
    • MUS306H1S – Popular Music in North America


The requirements for a Music Performance Minor in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering are the successful completion of the following courses:

1. PMU299Y1Y: Applied Performance (CS) 1.0 credit weight

2. TMU130H1F: Music Theory I (CS) 0.5 credit weight

3. ECE446H1F: Sensory Communication (TE/TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight

4. Two other electives (1.0 FCE) from the list of designated courses or departmental thesis and design courses subject to the following constraints:
a. At least one elective (0.5 FCE) must come from the Technical (T) category.
b. A thesis or design course can count for up to two (half-year) courses towards the two elective courses if the course is strongly related to music. This requires approval by the Minor Director.
c. The courses listed below may be considered eligible electives for students taking the Music Minor, subject to the student meeting any prerequisite requirements. Students must also seek the approval of their home program to ensure that they meet their degree requirements. In situations where these courses do not meet those of their home program, students can elect to take these courses as extra courses (EXT).

TMU111H1: Introduction to Computer Applications in Music (FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category

TMU319H1: Electroacoustic Music I (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category

TMU320H1: Electroacoustic Music II (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category

TMU313H1: Introduction to Music Recording (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category

TMU330H1: Live Coding: Digital Audio in Real Time (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category

TMU406H1: Max/MSP (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category

Music Related Thesis or Capstone (TE) 0.5 or 1.0 credit weight, T category

HMU111H1: Introduction to Music & Society (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

TMU131H1: Music Theory II (CS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS110H1: Introduction to Music History and Culture (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS111H1: Historical Survey of Western Music (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS200H1: Music of the World’s Peoples (HSS)  0.5 credit weight

MUS202H1: Beethoven (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS204H1: The Age of Bach and Handel (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS209H1: Performing Arts of South Asia (HSS)  0.5 credit weight

MUS211H1: The World of Popular Music (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS212H1: Music, Sound & Power in the Middle East (HSS)  0.5 credit weight

MUS215H1: Music of East Asia (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS240H1: Heavy Music (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS302H1: Symphony (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS305H1: Music of Latin America and the Caribbean (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS306H1: Popular Music in North America (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS308H1: Handel (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS321H1: The Beatles (HSS) .05 credit weight

MUS335H1: A Social History of the Piano (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

Note for electives: The Faculty of Music updates the list of MUS courses offered each year. A final list of MUS electives eligible for each upcoming year will be posted on the Minors website in June of that year.

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