Beginning Instrumental Ensemble I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1135
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Through the rehearsal and performance of appropriate music, this course will introduce the basic skills of ensemble playing, including balance, proper technique, phrasing, and dynamics. Special emphasis will be placed on technical development and reading skills.
Course Content

Using suitable ensemble music, students will study rhythmic notation, phrasing, dynamics, group discipline and interpretation of aural and visual signals by the instructor.

Methods Of Instruction

The instructor will present concepts, demonstrate techniques and patterns, and lead the ensemble.  Practice exercises and pieces will be rehearsed and/or performed by the whole class, small groups and individuals.

Means of Assessment


Rhythm tests 30%
Midterm playing test  30%
Research assignmrnt 10%
Final playing test 15%
Ensemble skills (including performance at dress rehearsals and scheduled concerts) 15%

*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%. Students who miss 30% or more of scheduled class time will receive a final grade of UN (unofficial withdrawal).  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.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to solve problems arising from performance of ensemble music with emphasis on rehearsal techniques and conductor-performer relationship.

Textbook Materials

All music for ensemble will be provided by Douglas College.



Acceptance into the Basic Musicianship program




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

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Institution Transfer Details for MUSC 1135
Capilano University (CAPU) No credit
College of the Rockies (COTR) No credit
Langara College (LANG) LANG ARTS 1XXX (1.5)
Northern Lights College (NLC) No credit
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (1)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) DOUG MUSC 1135 (1.5) & DOUG MUSC 1235 (1.5) = UFV MUSC 199 (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 1XX (0.5)
Vancouver Community College (VCC) DOUG MUSC 1135 (1.5) or DOUG MUSC 1177 (1.5) or DOUG MUSC 1235 (1.5) = VCC MUSC 2490 (1.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) Individual Audition Required

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

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