Through the rehearsal and performance of appropriate music, this course will introduce the basic skills of ensemble playing, including balance, proper technique, phrasing, and dynamics. Special emphasis will be placed on technical development and reading skills.
Using suitable ensemble music, students will study rhythmic notation, phrasing, dynamics, group discipline and interpretation of aural and visual signals by the instructor.
Methods of Instruction
The instructor will present concepts, demonstrate techniques and patterns, and lead the ensemble. Practice exercises and pieces will be rehearsed and/or performed by the whole class, small groups and individuals.
Means of Assessment
|Midterm playing test
|Final playing test
|Ensemble skills (including performance at dress rehearsals and scheduled concerts)
*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%. Students who miss 30% or more of scheduled class time will receive a final grade of UN (unofficial withdrawal). 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.
The successful student will be able to solve problems arising from performance of ensemble music with emphasis on rehearsal techniques and conductor-performer relationship.
Acceptance into the Basic Musicianship program
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.
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.