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Chamber Ensemble I

Course Code: MUSC 1134
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 1.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Tutorial
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter
course overview

This course provides an opportunity for musicians to rehearse and perform together under the guidance of the music faculty. Students will be placed into ensembles of varying sizes and instrumentation, and will rehearse on their own as well as receiving instruction. All ensembles will perform in department recitals and concerts. Open to all BMus students.

Course Content

Students will learn to make group decisions on all matters of ensemble rehearsal and performance.

  • Development of cooperation in rehearsal - identifying and agreeing upon matters of tempo, dynamics, intonation, articulation, phrasing and interpretation, etc.
  • Ensemble listening skills - hearing oneself within the group setting, relating aurally/musically to others in the ensemble
  • When to lead, when to allow others to lead (allowing solo expression within the ensemble)
  • Non-verbal communication during performance
  • What to do when the performance comes apart (when musicians get lost or make mistakes that derail the performance)

Methods of Instruction

Students will be placed into ensembles of varying instrumentation depending upon the instrumental/vocal makeup of class enrolment. Faculty will be assigned responsibility for ensembles based on the makeup of the ensembles and expertise of the faculty.  Much of the students’ ensemble rehearsal time will be unsupervised; they will receive approximately one hour per week of guidance by the instructor(s). After each performance, the members of each ensemble, aided by the instructor, will evaluate the performance and the preceding rehearsals to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the group’s performance, and discuss means of improvement.

Means of Assessment

Preparation for and participation in rehearsals (ongoing assessment, 30% at midterm, 30% at end of semester) 60%
Performance (at least once per semester) 30%
Group self-evaluation 10%
Total  100%

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should possess an increased understanding of rehearsal and performance issues related to small ensembles, in particular, how to listen to and to communicate with each other.  Students should be able to identify problems within the ensemble, and have an understanding of how to address those problems to improve the performance.  Students should be able to make group decisions on various matters during rehearsal, including musical interpretation and expression.

course prerequisites

Permission of coordinator


MUSC 1150 or MUSC 1250 or MUSC 2350 or MUSC 2450 or (MUSC 3150 or MUSC 3250 or MUSC 4150 or MUSC 4250 -  courses not currently offered) or MUSC 1151 or MUSC 1251 or MUSC 2351 or MUSC 2451 or (MUSC 3151 or MUSC 3251 or MUSC 4151, or MUSC 4251 - courses not currently offered)

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.