Musicianship, Basic (Certificate)

New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Limited Enrolment


Develop your musical knowledge and skills with the Certificate in Basic Musicianship. If you have an interest in music but little or no formal training, then this program is ideal for you. You can also use it to upgrade your existing music skills to prepare for the Music Diploma program at Douglas. 

Through individual lessons, choral and instrumental ensemble work, and musical theory, you’ll deepen your understanding of music and prepare for a rewarding career. Audition for one of Douglas’s esteemed performance groups and get live performing experience through concerts, recordings and festival appearances.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits minimum
  • 50% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits


Select one music theory course from the following two options:

MUSC 1101

Materials of Music I


MUSC 1102

Basic Theory I


Select one aural skills course from the following two options:

MUSC 1104

Aural and Sight Singing Skills I


MUSC 1103

Basic Aural and Sight Singing Skills I


Select one ensemble course from the following two options:

MUSC 1135

Beginning Instrumental Ensemble I


MUSC 1145

Beginning Choral Ensemble I


Select one individual lesson course from the following two options:

MUSC 1155

Individual Lesson - Basic (1hr - piano) I


MUSC 1156 and

MUSC 1106

Individual Lesson - Basic (1/2hr) I, and

Introductory Class Piano I



Music Appreciation course:

MUSC 1121

Listening in Context I


Total Credits Semester I


13.50 - 14.50


Select one music theory course from the following two options:

MUSC 1201 Materials of Music II


MUSC 1202 Basic Theory II


Select one aural skills course from the following two options:
MUSC 1204 Aural and Sight Singing Skills II


MUSC 1203 Basic Aural and Sight Singing Skills II


Select one ensemble course from the following two options:
MUSC 1235 Beginning Instrumental Ensemble II


MUSC 1245 Beginning Choral Ensemble II


Select one individual lesson course from the following two options:
MUSC 1255 Individual Lesson - Basic (1hr - piano) II


MUSC 1256 and

MUSC 1206

Individual Lesson - Basic (1/2hr) II, and

Introductory Class Piano II



Required Courses:

MUSC 1221

Listening in Context II



Any music or non-music course for which the student is eligible.  The following are recommended electives:

MUSC 1182 - Introduction to Music Technology or

PEFA 3136 - Introduction to Popular Music or

PEFA 3236 - World Music



Total Credits Semester II   16.50 - 17.50
Total Credits   30.00 - 32.00

Notes Regarding Music Requirements:

  1. The music theory and aural skills courses are streamed; MUSC 1101 and MUSC 1104 move through curriculum at a faster pace and in more depth than MUSC 1102 and MUSC 1103.  Course recommendations are made during the intake interview.
  2. All students in this program will register in either MUSC 1135 or MUSC 1145. Students with previous ensemble experience may, with permission of the Music faculty, take MUSC 1130 or 1140. 
  3. Students taking keyboard lessons as their concentration instrument will enrol in MUSC 1155 if they have intermediate keyboard skills. Instrumentalists (including beginning pianists) and vocalists will enrol in MUSC 1156.
  4. Instrumentalists and vocalists who have achieved Grade 7 RCMT level in piano may, with the permission of the Music Coordinator, take studio instruction lessons in piano instead of class piano.  In this case, they would enrol in MUSC 1153 instead of MUSC 1106.

Notes Regarding Elective Requirements:

  1. There is no English proficiency requirement for acceptance into the Basic Musicianship program or registration into Basic Musicianship courses.  However, to be eligible for registration in many other College courses, students must provide proof of English 12 with a minimum grade of "C" or an approved substitution. This information is particularly important when determining which course(s) will be taken to meet the 3-credit open elective requirement.
  2. Students who do not meet the College's English proficiency requirement are encouraged to complete courses in either ELLA or ENGU, as placed by assessments. These courses cannot be counted for credit toward the Basic Musicianship program. 


Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements (excluding Language Proficiency Requirement)
  • Course Placement Interview: students will meet with the program coordinator or designated music faculty member to discuss their music background and goals, and complete music literacy and musicianship assessments for course placement purposes.  


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

Depending on individual goals and levels of experience, some students enter the Basic Musicianship Program to upgrade their skills and prepare for the Music Diploma Program, potentially leading to a university degree in music.

Program Guidelines

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


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Tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.