Individual Lesson - Basic (1hr - piano) II

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1255
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


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 – in all major and minor keys
  • Pentachord exercises.
  • Scales and arpeggios:
    • hands together
    • increase in velocity
  • Chords:
    • hands together
    • increase in velocity
  • Repertoire
    • More advanced pieces that employ a mixture of elements: accompanied melody, figurations, contrapuntal  textures, etc., in tonal and contemporary idioms.
    • Two pieces by memory will be required for the jury examination.
  • Sight Reading
    • 2- and 3-part pieces
    • homophonic pieces
    • isolated triads and seventh chords
    • (One sight reading piece will be required for the jury examination.)
  • Transposition – at the discretion of the instructor.
    • Simple homophonic pieces and near-related keys.
  • Expanded Popular/Jazz Music Chording and Improvisation – at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Performance and Attendance
    • Students are required to perform in at least one student recital, at the discretion of the instructor.
    • Students are required to attend all Arts at One concerts.
    Methods Of Instruction

    The student will receive 12 hours of private instruction per semester; lessons will be given on a weekly basis. 

    Means of Assessment

    70% of the total mark will be allotted by the instructor on the basis of weekly progress in the various aspects of the course.  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).

    30% of the total mark will be based on a juried examination, adjudicated by two members of the music faculty.

    The following is a sample grade breakdown:

    15%     Technical progress

    15%     Musicianship progress

    25%     Technical and musical performance level

    15%     Attitude and effort

    30%     Jury examination

    100%   Total

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

    • 5% is deducted for failure to perform, at the discretion of the instructor.
    • 1% is deducted for each absence from the Arts at One concert series.
    • 1% is added for each additional performance and/or accompaniment above the minimum. This addition will only offset marks that have been deducted.
    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.

    Textbook Materials

    The instructor will recommend suitable materials to cover repertoire, sight reading and technical needs.




    Full time status in the Basic Musicianship Program



    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see

    Institution Transfer Details for MUSC 1255
    Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU PMI 201 (2)
    College of New Caledonia (CNC) No credit
    Columbia College (COLU) No credit
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1205 (2)
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG MUSC 1155 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1255 (3) = SFU CA 1XX (3)
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSI 2XXX (3)
    University Canada West (UCW) No credit
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
    University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (1)
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 1XX (1.5)
    Vancouver Island University (VIU) Individual Audition Required

    Course Offerings

    Summer 2022

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