Beginning Instrumental Ensemble II

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
MUSC 1233
Beginning Instrumental Ensemble II
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
2 hours per week
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities

The student will attend a rehearsal each week for the duration of two hours and will be expected to practice adequately as specified by the instructor. The instructor will teach the material and will conduct the rehearsals and concerts. In addition, the use of mechanical and/or electronic aids such as the TAP rhythm machine, recordings, tuning devices, metronomes, and others may be assigned and evaluated.

Course Description
Through the rehearsal and performance of appropriate music, the student will learn the basic skills of ensemble playing, including balance, intonation, phrasing, and dynamics. Special emphasis will be placed on technical development and reading skills.
Course Content

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

Learning Outcomes

Successful students should learn to solve problems arising from performance of ensemble music with emphasis on rehearsal techniques and conductor-performer relationship.

Means of Assessment
Midterm TAP test 15%
Midterm playing test and/or in-class assessment 20%
Final TAP test 15%
Final playing test 30%
Ensemble skills (including performance at dress rehearsals and scheduled concerts) 20%

*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%. 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.

Textbook Materials

All music for ensemble will be provided by Douglas College.