Keyboard Accompanying

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1157
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
The keyboard player who is accompanying a singer or solo instrumentalist is given instruction in ensemble rehearsal techniques. The course will foster the importance of communication and musical understanding between performers.
Course Content

Learning approaches to accompanying various genres of vocal and instrumental music (including concerto and opera score reductions, and basso continuo), as appropriate.

Learning various aspects of ensemble rehearsal and performance including intonation, rhythmic accuracy, phrasing, balance, texture, colour, and text expression (vocal), as well as developing sensitivity to harmonic and formal structures, awareness of stylistic issues, and attention to ensemble listening skills.

Methods Of Instruction

Each keyboard student will be assigned a B.Mus. vocal or instrumental concentrator to accompany at the beginning of the semester.  Each keyboard student will receive four half-hour individual coachings (private lesson mode) on the required scores for accompaniment during the semester, and will participate in three hours of accompaniment master classes (seminar mode) in three smaller groups of up to six students each, as arranged by the instructor(s).  At the beginning of the semester all students will attend an introductory one-hour lecture (lecture mode).

Means of Assessment

Grades are based on the student’s regular preparation for individual coaching sessions (private lessons), and on their application of the ensemble principles learned in master class and/or recital, and in juries.

Preparation for individual coachings (private lessons) (maximum of 4) 60%
Performance accompaniment (minimum of 1, either in master class or in recital) 25%
*Jury accompaniment 15%

*This portion of the grade will be given by the instructors present at the vocal or instrumental jury.

Learning Outcomes

To develop an awareness of ensemble techniques for the keyboard accompanist and to foster communication and musical understanding between performers.

Textbook Materials

Students may be required to purchase one or more of the scores used during the semester.



B. Mus. Entrance with keyboard concentration, or permission of the instructor.



No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Athabasca University (AU) DOUG MUSC 1157 (1) & DOUG MUSC 1257 (1) & DOUG MUSC 2357 (1) & DOUG MUSC 2457 (1) = AU MUSI 1XX (3) 2012/05/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (1) 2012/05/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit 2012/05/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MUSI 1XX (3) 2012/05/01 to 2018/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MUSI 1XX (1) 2018/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO ARTS 1st (1) 2012/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) DOUG MUSC 1157 (1) & DOUG MUSC 1257 (1) = UBCV MUSC 140 (2) 2012/05/01 to 2016/08/31
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2012/05/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Individual assessment 2012/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG MUSC 1157 (1) & DOUG MUSC 1257 (1) = UVIC MUS 181 (1) 2018/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 181 (0.5) 2018/05/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG MUSC 1157 (1) & DOUG MUSC 1257 (1) & DOUG MUSC 2357 (1) = UVIC MUS 172 (1.5) 2012/05/01 to 2018/04/30
Vancouver Island University (VIU) Individual Audition Required 2012/05/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

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