Curriculum Guideline

Individual Lesson - Basic (1hr - piano) I

Effective Date:
Course Code
MUSC 1155
Individual Lesson - Basic (1hr - piano) I
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
1 hour per week for 12 weeks
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

The student will receive one hour per week of private instruction for 12 weeks. 

Course Description
Private instruction on the interpretation and performance of intermediate piano repertoire and technique.
Course Content

These represent minimum requirements. If the student is more advanced, then repertoire, technique and sight reading will be adjusted to the appropriate level, and the technique of accompanying may also be introduced.

  1. Technique
    • Pentachord exercises
    • Lateral movements with the thumb; scales and arpeggios
    • triads; triads and inversions; dominant seventh and diminished seventh chords
    • Articulations
    • Pedal techniques
  2. Repertoire
    • Preludes
    • Contrapuntal pieces
    • Melodies with accompaniments
    • Elementary sonatina
    • 20th & 21st -century idioms
    • Easy jazz, pop, rock
  3. Practice Methods
    • Analysis of components of pieces
    • Division of practice time
  4. Sight Reading
    • Tonal and non-tonal melodies
    • Simple two-part pieces
    • Melodies with chordal accompaniment
    • Isolated intervals and triads
    • Rhythmic patterns
  5. Introduction to Popular/Jazz Music Chording and Improvisation – at the discretion of the instructor
  6. Performance and Attendance 
  • Students are required to perform in at least one student recital as specified by instructor
  • Students are required to attend all Arts at One concerts 
Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to interpret and perform keyboard repertoire, demonstrate technical requirements, and sight read at an appropriate level, as outlined in the Course Content.

Means of Assessment

Grades will be allotted by the instructor on the basis of weekly progress in the various aspects of the course, and on performance level exhibited over the course of the semester.  The instructor and student will discuss the student's progress and performance level at regular intervals (minimum three times) during the semester, so that the student is aware of his/her current standing and what is expected.  No single evaluation will be worth more than 40% of the final grade (please see Douglas College's evaluation policy).  The following is a sample grade breakdown:

25%   Technical progress
25% Musicianship progress
30% Technical and musical performance level
20% Attitude and effort
100% Total

Up to 10% of the total mark will be deducted for unfulfilled participation. The following explains the grading calculation:

  • 1% is deducted for each absence from the Arts at One concert series.
  • 1% is added for each performance and/or accompaniment. This addition will only offset marks that have been deducted.
Textbook Materials

Study material will be selected by the instructor.


Acceptance into the Basic Musicianship Certificate Program


Full time status in the Basic Musicianship Certificate Program and permission of the department Coordinator.



Which Prerequisite