Concert Band III

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
MUSC 2330
Concert Band III
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
4 hours per week
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Students will form a concert band consisting of flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, bassoons, trumpets, horns, trombones, euphoniums, tubas, string bass and percussion. 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 rehearsals and performances, students will continue to study ensemble skills such as intonation, blend and technical facility. Emphasis will be placed on developing rhythmic accuracy and sight reading skills. In addition, the proper phrasing and interpretation of various styles of concert band music will be studied.
Course Content

Music to be rehearsed and performed will include original compositions for band and selected transcriptions of orchestral and keyboard works. Sample repertoire for one semester could include:

  • J.S. Bach - Fantasia and Fugue in C minor
  • W.A. Mozart - First movement from Symphony #40
  • Rossini/Britten - Soirees musicales
  • Percy Grainger - Molly on the Shore
  • Dmitri Shostakovich - Festival overture
  • J.P. Sousa - The Thunderer
  • Clifton Williams - Concertino for Percussion

In addition to performance repertoire, students will work on technical studies and ensemble drills. Sight reading and rhythmic accuracy will be developed using the TAP rhythm system.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Ensemble skills including intonation, blend and technical facility
  2. The proper phrasing and interpretation of various styles of concert band music
  3. Rhythmic accuracy, subdivision and sight reading skills
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 and study materials will be provided by Douglas College.

Which Prerequisite