Class Piano IV

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 2416
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined
New Westminster


Course Description
Students will develop their keyboard skills further through the introduction of technical material and pieces up to the level of RCM Grade VI or equivalent. Also included are score reading, improvisation, transposition, chord progressions using more advanced harmonic elements, harmonization of more complex melodies, sight reading and repertoire.
Course Content
  1. Scales: major and minor; two octaves, hands together. Contrary motion: major scales, two octaves.
  2. Triads and Inversions: major and minor; two octaves, solid and broken, hands together.
  3. Dominant Sevenths and Inversions: one octave, solid and broken, hands together.
  4. Diminished Sevenths and Inversions: one octave, solid and broken, hands together.
  5. Arpeggios: major and minor: root position, two octaves, hands together.
  6. Chord Progressions: Circle of Sevenths; Scale Harmonizations.
  7. Sight Reading: more complex random chords in treble, alto, tenor or bass clefs; block chords from four-part score, score reading up to four staves; hands together pieces with unlimited range.
  8. Transposition: simple pieces in any key, hands together.
  9. Harmonization: melodies, unlimited range incorporating appropriate accompaniment styles.
  10. Repertoire: easy pieces from the standard repertoire: Bach, Mozart, Schumann etc., unlimited range.
Methods Of Instruction

Instruction will be by lecture, demonstration and supervised practice.

Means of Assessment

The grade will be calculated on the basis of progress made in the various aspects of the course as follows:

Weekly progress* 40%
Regularly scheduled quizzes (minimum of 4)        20%
Mid-term exam 15%
Final exam 25%
                                                           Total 100%


*Frequent, short evaluations are designed to give feedback on newly learned material and skills, and will include demonstrations of tasks as outlined in the course content.



As this is a skill-oriented course, regular attendance is required in order to develop fluent keyboard skills. Therefore, 100% attendance is desired. The failure to attend regularly will result in reduction of a final grade as shown below:

  • 4 - 7 unexcused absences: minus 10%
  • 8 or more unexcused absences: minus 15%
  • students who miss 30% or more of scheduled class time will receive a final grade of UN (unofficial withdrawal)
Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student will be able to demonstrate the fundamentals of keyboard sight reading, accompaniment, transposition, improvisation, keyboard harmony, technique and piano repertoire.

Textbook Materials

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.


  • Frackenphol, Arthur. Harmonization at the Piano 7th Edition, Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1991.


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

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Athabasca University (AU) DOUG MUSC 2316 (2) & DOUG MUSC 2416 (2) = AU MUSI 2XX (3) 2018/09/01 to -
Emily Carr University of Art & Design (EC) No credit 2018/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 2454 (1) 2018/09/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) No credit 2018/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU GE 1XX (1) 2018/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit 2018/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) DOUG MUSC 2316 (2) & DOUG MUSC 2416 (2) = UBCV MUSC 241 (3) 2017/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EDCI 2XX (1) 2018/09/01 to -
Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC MUSC 1XXX (1) 2019/05/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU MUSC 2nd (3) 2018/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

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