Invitation to Music: The Elements of Appreciation I


Course Description

This course is divided into multiple parts, each of which can be taken on its own.

This course will be given at TMI Atwater. Should conditions require that Winter Demi-Term courses move to Zoom, it will be cancelled.

Each week, participants will have a chance to discuss and explore a particular aspect of music, under the guidance of discussion leader François A. Ouimet. During our time together we will discuss the basic constituents of music (how we hear music, what is a musical sound, rhythm, basics of music theory), then we will get acquainted with the family of instruments in the orchestra, with the help of Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra.

We will also explore the realms of the voice, and of non-western instruments, and then embark on some philosophical questions about music: What has been, and what is now, the function of music? What links can we make between music and the other arts? Throughout this course, we will listen to music, watch videos, philosophize, invite special guests, and perhaps even sing! Lots of fun guaranteed for all.

Register early. Places are limited.

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Monday 18 January 2021

Course Length: 6 weeks, Mondays, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Instructor: François Ouimet

Degree Credit: No

Course Fee: 

$120.00 (standard tuition)
$80.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$145.00 (standard tuition)
$105.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Degree students, course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers should not register online. 

Degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses at

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers from cancelled Spring 2020 courses, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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