Class Piano I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1116
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
An introductory keyboard course for students with little or no previous keyboard experience. The course includes development of basic finger technique thorough keyboard orientation, elementary harmony exercises, sight reading and repertoire.
Course Content
  1. Scales: major and minor, one octave, hands separately.
  2. Triads on all scale degrees in major and minor keys: one octave, hands separately.
  3. Triads and inversions: one octave, solid and broken, hands separately.
  4. Five types of seventh chords (MM, Mm, mm, half diminished, fully diminished); formation in root position.
  5. Chord progressions in keyboard or four-part style as follows:
  • I-IV-V-I,
  • I-IV-V-VI,
  • I-IV-V7-VI I-II-V-I,
  • I-II-V-VI,
  • I-II-V7-I,
  • I-II-V7-VI
  • Sight reading: treble and bass melodies, hands separately; simple melodies, hands together; chords at random, hands separately.
  • Transposition: simple melodies – in keys up to three sharps and flats, hands separately.
  • Harmonization: simple diatonic melodies using block chords. I-IV and V.
  • Improvisation: using a prescribed harmonic structure.
  • Repertoire: appropriate to the student's skills.
  • Methods Of Instruction

    Instruction will be by lecture, demonstration and supervised practice.

    Means of Assessment

    The grade will be calculated on the basis of progress made in the various aspects of the course:

    40% of total mark will be allotted by instructor based on weekly progress
    20% of total mark will be allotted by instructor based on regular quizzes
    15% of total mark will be based on an in-class mid-term test
    25% of total mark will be based on an in-class final exam


    As this is a skill-oriented course, regular attendance is required in order to develop fluent keyboard skills. Therefore, 100% attendance is desired. The failure to attend regularly will result in reduction of a final grade as shown below:

    • 4 unexcused absences: minus 10%
    • 8 unexcused absences: minus 15%
    • students who miss 30% or more of scheduled class time will receive a final grade of UN (unofficial withdrawal)

    Learning Outcomes

    The successful student will be able to demonstrate the fundamentals of keyboard sight reading, accompaniment, transposition, improvisation, keyboard harmony, technique and piano repertoire.

    Textbook Materials

    A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.

    Example: Frackenphol, Arthur. Harmonization at the Piano, 6th Edition Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1991




    Acceptance to Music Diploma Program or permission of instructor.



    Requisite for

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU MUS 114 (1) 2017/09/01 to -
    Coast Mountain College (CMTN) No credit 2017/09/01 to -
    College of the Rockies (COTR) No credit 2017/09/01 to -
    Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit 2017/09/01 to -
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1154 (1) 2018/09/01 to -
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU GE 1XX (2) 2017/09/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit 2017/09/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) DOUG MUSC 1116 (2) & DOUG MUSC 1216 (1) = UBCV MUSC 141 (2) 2017/09/01 to -
    University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2017/09/01 to -
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EDCI 2XX (1) 2017/09/01 to -
    Vancouver Island University (VIU) Individual audition required 2017/09/01 to -

    Course Offerings

    Summer 2021

    There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.