Music Technology Seminar (MUMT621)

Music Information Acquisition, Preservation, and Retrieval

Course Description

This seminar will investigate the current research activities in the area of music information retrieval. The goal is discovering ways to efficiently find and retrieve musical information. Although the field is relatively new, it encompasses various music disciplines including music analysis, music education, music history, music theory, music psychology, and audio signal processing.
Each student will be expected to make several presentations on various music information retrieval topics along with literature reviews. Final project may consist of software development, a theoretical paper, or an extended review paper. Class format will be student presentations followed by questions and comments.
Potential topics include: Music databases, content analysis and search (audio & symbolic), music classifications, music recommendations, music similarities, computer-aided transcription, beat tracking, tempo estimation, timbre recognition, speech / music separation, and file formats (MPEG-4/7/21, MP3, MusicXML, MEI).
The student will be evaluated on the quality of the presentations, written assignments, class participation, and the final project.

Instructor: Ichiro Fujinaga


Office Hours:
E506, 550 Sherbrooke W.
By appointment

Course Detail

Mark Distribution




Mondays 8:35 am – 11:25 am (Montréal, EST,  UTC/GMT-5 hours)

Virtual via Zoom (January 10 & 17) then Music A-512 (Music Library Seminar Rooom, 5th Floor, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building)

Passion for music

  • 50% Assignments
  • 10% Participation  
  • 40% Final project

Assignment Policy

  • All assignments are due at 11:59 pm (AoE) of the due date.
  • Late assignments within 48 hours past the deadline will be given either D or F.
  • Assignments submitted after 48 hours past the deadline will be given F.
  • All electronic submissions of written documents should be in a PDF format.

McGill Policies

McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see for more information).

In accord with McGill University’s Charter of Students’ Rights, students in this course have the right to submit in English or in French any written work that is to be graded. This right applies to all written work that is to be graded, from one-word answers to dissertations.

In the event of extraordinary circumstances beyond the University’s control, the content and/or evaluation scheme in this course is subject to change.

Course Outline

Created: 2004.12.25 Modified: Ichiro Fujinaga
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