Concert Band I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1130
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
60, all levels combined
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
Through rehearsals and performances, students will study ensemble skills such as intonation, blend, and technical facility. Emphasis will be placed on developing rhythmic accuracy and sight reading skills. In addition, the proper phrasing and interpretation of various styles of concert band music will be studied.
Course Content

Music to be rehearsed and performed will include original compositions for band and selected transcriptions of orchestral and keyboard works. Sample repertoire for one semester could include:

  • J.S. Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in C minor
  • William Byrd - Suite
  • Frank Ticheli – Blue Shades
  • Robert Buckley – Portraits of the North
  • David Maslanka – Mother Earth
  • Clifton Williams - Concertino for Percussion

In addition to performance repertoire, students will work on chorales, technical studies and ensemble drills. Sight reading and rhythmic accuracy will also be developed.

Methods Of Instruction

Students will form a concert band consisting of flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, bassoons, trumpets, horns, trombones, euphoniums, tubas, string bass and percussion. The instructor will teach the material and will conduct the rehearsals and concerts. Additional aids such as recordings, tuning devices, metronomes, and others, may be used.

Means of Assessment

Grades are based on the students' regular preparation for rehearsals, attentiveness and effort during rehearsals, and musical contribution to the ensemble. This is an on-going assessment.

At least twice during the semester, certain passages of music are assigned to be learned for an upcoming rehearsal, during which students will be divided into small groups for testing.

Contribution to Ensemble (musical/technical ability) 30%
Attitude/Effort (on-going assessment) 30%
Assigned passages (minimum 2 tests) 40%
Total: 100%

*NB. In a performing group, regular attendance is vital to the learning of ensemble skills and the achievement of high performance standards. Absences affect every member of the ensemble; therefore 5% of the final mark will be deducted for each unexcused absence, to a maximum of 30%. Excused absences will include illness and urgent family or personal matters.

Unexcused absence from a dress rehearsal or a concert will result in a failing grade.

Attendance at all rehearsals and concerts is assumed; perfect attendance does not increase the final grade.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to demonstrate:


  1. Ensemble skills including intonation, blend and technical facility
  2. The proper phrasing and interpretation of various styles of concert band music
  3. Rhythmic accuracy, subdivision and sight reading skills


Textbook Materials

All music and study materials will be provided by Douglas College.



Successful audition (audition will be operationalized by the Music Department Coordinator).





Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for MUSC 1130
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU ENSM 110 (2)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1167 (2)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (1)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSI 1XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MUSI 147 (1)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) DOUG MUSC 1130 (2) & DOUG MUSC 1230 (2) = UBCV MUSC 150 (4)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (2)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 180B (1)
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG MUSC 1130 (2) & DOUG MUSC 1230 (2) = UVIC MUS 180B (2)

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

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