Curriculum Guideline

Music (Diploma)

Effective Date:
Program Code
DPMUSC
Discontinued
No
Program
Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Music
Credential Type
Diploma
Transcript Title
Music Diploma
Date of First Offering
Start Term
201210
End Term
201720
Credential
Diploma in Performing Arts - Music
Length of Program
Four semesters
Credits
60.00
Admissions Requirements
  1. General College Admission Requirements
  2. English 12 with a minimum grade of "C" or approved substitution
  3. Performance Audition. The student must perform music on his/her instrument or voice at the following levels:
    • Keyboard: Grade 10 RCMT or equivalent
    • Guitar: Grade 5 RCMT or equivalent
    • All other instruments and voice: Grade 6 RCMT or equivalent
    • Voice auditions will include a short aural test
  4.  Theory Assessment. The student must demonstrate familiarity and fluency with musical rudiments.
  5. Singing and Aural Skills Assessment.  During a short, individual appointment with the Aural Skills instructor in charge, the student must demonstrate the ability to accurately match pitches and sing back short melodies from memory.  Students will also be assessed on their ability to perform basic rhythms and melodies at sight.  

Please Note: If necessary, students may be selected based on program needs.

Curriculum Framework

Semester I

Required Courses

Course Title Credits
MUSC 1110 Theory of Tonal Music I 3
MUSC 1111 Ear Training and Sight Singing I 1
MUSC 1120 History of Western Music I 3
MUSC 1130 Concert Band I  
or MUSC 1140 College Chorus I  
or MUSC 1144 Douglas College Chorale I (by audition) 2
MUSC 1150 Private Lessons (Concentration) I 3
Elective English 3
  Total credits 15

Students may also select any of the following optional courses, subject to instructor permission:

MUSC 1113 Introduction to Composition I 2
MUSC 1131 Jazz Band I 1
MUSC 1151 Private Lessons (Secondary) I 1
MUSC 1157 Keyboard Accompanying 1
MUSC 1161 Class Piano I 1
MUSC 1163 Class Brass 2
MUSC 1182 Introduction to Music Technology 3
MUSC 1187 Percussion Ensemble I 1
MUSC 1188 Guitar Ensemble I 1

 

Semester II

Required Courses

MUSC 1210 Theory of Tonal Music II 3
MUSC 1211 Ear Training and Sight Singing II 1
MUSC 1220 History of Western Music II 3
MUSC 1230 Concert Band II  
or MUSC 1240 College Chorus II  
or MUSC 1244 Douglas College Chorale II (by audition) 2
MUSC 1250 Private Lessons (Concentration) II 3
Elective any non-music course 3
  Total credits 15

Students may also select any of the following optional courses, subject to instructor permission:

MUSC 1164 Class Percussion 2
MUSC 1213 Introduction to Composition II 2
MUSC 1231 Jazz Band II 1
MUSC 1251 Private Lessons (Secondary) II 1
MUSC 1257 Keyboard Accompanying 1
MUSC 1261 Class Piano II 1
MUSC 1282 Introduction to Audio Recording 3
MUSC 1287 Percussion Ensemble II 1
MUSC 1288 Guitar Ensemble II 1

 

Semester III

Required Courses

MUSC 2310 Theory of Tonal Music III 3
MUSC 2311 Ear Training and Sight Singing III 1
MUSC 2320 History of Western Music III 3
MUSC 2330 Concert Band III  
or MUSC 2340 College Chorus III  
or MUSC 2344 Douglas College Chorale III (by audition) 2
MUSC 2350 Private Lessons (Concentration) III 3
Elective English 3
  Total credits 15

Students may also select any of the following optional courses, subject to instructor permission:

MUSC 1113 Introduction to Composition I 2
MUSC 1163 Class Brass 2
MUSC 1182 Introduction to Music Technology 3
MUSC 2331 Jazz Band III 1
MUSC 2351 Private Lessons (Secondary) III 1
MUSC 2357 Keyboard Accompanying 1
MUSC 2361 Class Piano III 1
MUSC 2387 Percussion Ensemble III 1
MUSC 2388 Guitar Ensemble III 1

 

Semester IV

Required Courses

MUSC 2410 Theory of Tonal Music IV 3
MUSC 2411 Ear Training and Sight Singing IV 1
MUSC 2420 History of Western Music IV 3
MUSC 2430 Concert Band IV  
or MUSC 2440 College Chorus IV  
or MUSC 2444 Douglas College Chorale IV (by audition) 2
MUSC 2450 Private Lessons (Concentration) IV 3
Elective any non-music course 3
  Total credits 15

Students may also select any of the following optional courses, subject to instructor permission:

MUSC 1164 Class Percussion 2
MUSC 1213 Introduction to Composition II 2
MUSC 1282 Introduction to Audio Recording 3
MUSC 2431 Jazz Band IV 1
MUSC 2451 Private Lessons (Secondary) IV 1
MUSC 2457 Keyboard Accompanying 1
MUSC 2461 Class Piano IV 1
MUSC 2487 Percussion Ensemble IV 1
MUSC 2488 Guitar Ensemble IV 1

Notes:

  1. Although MUSC 1120 (History of Western Music I) is a required course in the University Transfer Music Program, students who have achieved less than English 12 with a minimum grade of "B", or approved substitution are exempt from taking MUSC 1120 in the first year in order to take courses necessary to meet the English requirement.

    Students receiving a Douglas College computer-based English assessment designation of "Writing Skills Review Courses" are advised to complete ENGL 1099, (or, alternately, CMNS 1099) before enrolling in MUSC 1120 or take ENGL 1099 (or CMNS 1099) at the same time as MUSC 1120.
  2. Please note that all full-time Music Program students must enrol in a minimum of 11 credits, including all the required music courses for which they are eligible. This also applies to students who are exempt from MUSC 1120 as in note 1.
  3. Students whose concentration instrument is violin, viola or cello should register in MUSC 1130, but will be placed in an outside orchestra. Singers, pianists and guitarists should register in MUSC 1140 (College Chorus). Students may audition to take MUSC 1144 (Chorale) as their required large ensemble course.
  4. It is not necessary to take English courses at the same time as the music courses; however, English and other non-music courses are required for the Diploma in Performing Arts Music and for transfer to a university.
  5. Class Piano is recommended for all students whose concentration is not piano. Students who intend to transfer to a university should be aware that Class Piano is required of non-pianists in most university undergraduate programs.
  6. At the beginning of their studies at Douglas College, students should check the program requirements of any university to which they are considering transferring at the end of their studies here.