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Explore musical creation in all its rich diversity. Learn about complex music from around the globe – from ancient times to the modern age. Hone your skills in critical thinking, analysis, and writing. Study the ways music reflects and responds to shifting cultural, social, political, and historical environments.

If you are interested in the study and practice of music for personal enrichment, academic progress, or professional development, this program is for you.

What Will You Learn?

Learn how to:

  • Survey specific music cultures from around the world, popular music genres and artists, and Western European music.
  • Develop a musical vocabulary and aural skills.
  • Develop skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, and research.
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between music and culture in the popular realm.
  • Critique social and political structures through the lens of popular music studies literature.
  • Conduct theoretical analyses of musical compositions.
  • Develop an understanding of how cultures are reflected in their music.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You may be interested in the certificate if you want to:

  • Enhance your life through the study of music.
  • Pursue academic study in the creative arts at the undergraduate level.
  • Understand music in its cultural context.
  • Enrich your understanding of the fields of cultural production.
  • Engage with music-making in the city of Toronto.
  • Actively participate in the social, political, and cultural environments of the 21st century.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors are ethnomusicologists and musicologists who specialize in music from around the globe, popular music and culture, film music, and Western European music.


Industry and Careers

Increase your opportunities in professional music-related pursuits, including in:

  • arts and cultural organizations
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • fundraising, outreach, and event planning
  • early childhood music education
  • psychology and anthropology


Emma Marie Murdoch“As a current nursing student, my academic workload is incredibly demanding. However, The Chang School's flexible delivery formats have enabled me to fit multiple courses from the Certificate in Music: Global and Cultural Contexts into my already busy schedule. The courses in this program are very stimulating and rewarding. I'm thankful that The Chang School has given me the ability to study yet another topic I am very passionate about. ”

Emma Marie Murdoch

Certificate Requirements

  • 1 required course*
  • 5 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

*You can select either CMUS 101 or CMUS 106 as your required course, or take both. If you choose to take both, you only need to complete four electives to fulfill the certificate requirements. 


Recommended Course Sequence

We recommend you take courses in the following order:

  1. CMUS 101 and/or CMUS 106
  2. Electives – Group A (1 or 2 selections)
  3. Electives – Group B (3 selections)

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits, including English
    • With a minimum grade of 70 percent


  • Mature student status with relevant work experience

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Questions? Contact Kristin Force, Academic Coordinator.


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