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: PMU299Y (PDF). Acceptance into the course is based on a placement test, which is held in March. 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).

Notes regarding enrolment as of July 10, 2020:

Click here for Faculty of Music courses that are available this year for engineering students pursuing the minor or certificate.

Additional inofrmation:

  • TMU 111H1, TMU 406H1, and HMU 111H1 are available for selection via ACORN.
  • 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
  • TMU313, TMU319, TMU320 and TMU330 are not offered this year (2020-21).
  • 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 5, 2020, to add those. All MUS courses in the list below are eligible for the Minor and Certificate, and all are currently scheduled as asynchronous offerings:
    • MUS110H1-S: Introduction to Music History and Culture
    • MUS206H1-F: The World of Opera
    • MUS207H1-S: Music for Orchestra
    • MUS211H1-F: The World of Popular Music
    • MUS212H1-S: Music, Sound & Power in the Middle East
    • MUS240H1-F: Heavy Music


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

1. PMU 299Y1 Y: Applied Performance (CS) 1.0 credit weight

2. TMU 130H1 H: Music Theory I (CS) 0.5 credit weight

3. ECE 446H1 F: 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).

TMU 111H1: Introduction to Computer Applications in Music (FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category

TMU 319H1: Electroacoustic Music I (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category

TMU 320H1: Electroacoustic Music II (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category

TMU 313H1: Introduction to Music Recording (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category

TMU 330H1: Live Coding: Digital Audio in Real Time (TES/FE/EXT) 0.5 credit weight, T category

TMU 406H1: 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

HMU 111H1: Introduction to Music & Society (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

TMU 131H1: Music Theory II (CS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS 110H1: Introduction to Music History and Culture (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS 111H1: Historical Survey of Western Music (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS 200H1: Music of the World’s Peoples (HSS)  0.5 credit weight

MUS 202H1: Beethoven (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS 204H1: The Age of Bach and Handel (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS 209H1: Performing Arts of South Asia (HSS)  0.5 credit weight

MUS 211H1: The World of Popular Music (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS 212H1: Music, Sound & Power in the Middle East (HSS)  0.5 credit weight

MUS 215H1: Music of East Asia (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS 240H1: Heavy Music (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS 302H1: Symphony (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS 305H1: Music of Latin America and the Caribbean (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS 306H1: Popular Music in North America (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS 308H1: Handel (HSS) 0.5 credit weight

MUS 321H1: The Beatles (HSS) .05 credit weight

MUS 335H1: 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 May of that year.

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