Guitar Ensemble I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1188
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
An ensemble class for guitarists who will rehearse and perform appropriate classical 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     
Learning Activities

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 should be able to:

  1. Develop sight reading skills
  2. Acquire the ability to establish a group tempo through a pick-up or beat indicated by the leader
  3. Develop rhythmic accuracy and control of tempo
  4. Acquire a sense of group dynamics including:
    • the overall dynamic of the ensemble
    • balance and the relative importance of the various parts
  5. Develop clarity of articulation
  6. Control tone production
  7. Establish an awareness and development of style and performance practice regarding the various periods of music.
Textbook Materials

Course materials will be provided by the instructor



UT Music Entrance or Permission of Instructor


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for MUSC 1188
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV MUSC 1st (1)

Course Offerings

Fall 2023