Guitar Ensemble I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1185
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
An ensemble class for guitarists who will rehearse and perform appropriate repertoire from two to four parts. Emphasis is placed on the development of sight-reading ability, ensemble skills and musical style. The group will perform at least once per semester.
Course Content
  1. Knowledge of ensemble repertoire, appropriate to the group’s level
  2. Basic rehearsal discipline, preparation of parts, concentration and attention to the conductor or leader
  3. Ensemble listening skills
  4. Basic skills in music handling, set up, page turning, appropriate part marking
  5. Efficient use of rehearsal time
  6. An ability to work well in a group
  7. An ability to work with a variety of personalities in a compatible way
  8. Proper stage dress and deportment     
Methods Of Instruction

Coaching and rehearsal of the instrumental ensemble.

Means of Assessment
Assigned excerpts (minimum of four) 50%
Contribution to ensemble (tone, dynamics, balance) 25%
*Participation (attention and attitude) 25%

*Grades are based on the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s regular preparation for rehearsals, attentiveness and effort during rehearsals, and musical contribution to the ensemble. Frequently during the semester, certain passages of music will be assigned to be learned for an upcoming rehearsal and will be heard by the instructor. Students are graded on their achievement on these assignments.

Learning Outcomes

Through the exploration of appropriate repertoire, the successful student will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Sight reading skills
  2. The ability to establish a group tempo through a pick-up or beat indicated by the leader
  3. Rhythmic accuracy and control of tempo
  4. A sense of group dynamics including:
    • the overall dynamic of the ensemble
    • balance and the relative importance of the various parts
  5. Clarity of articulation
  6. Controlled tone production
  7. An awareness of historical style and performance practice
Textbook Materials

Course materials will be provided by the instructor.



Instructor permission




Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for MUSC 1185
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) No credit
College of the Rockies (COTR) No credit
Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1171 (2)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU GE 1XX (1)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG MUSC 1185 (1.5) & DOUG MUSC 1285 (1.5) = UVIC MUS 181 (1)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 181 (0.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) Individual audition required

Course Offerings

Fall 2022