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Keyboard Accompanying

Course Code: MUSC 1157
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 1.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar, Tutorial
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter
course overview

The keyboard player who is accompanying a singer or solo instrumentalist is given instruction in ensemble rehearsal techniques. The course will foster the importance of communication and musical understanding between performers.

Course Content

Learning approaches to accompanying various genres of vocal and instrumental music (including concerto and opera score reductions, and basso continuo), as appropriate.

Learning various aspects of ensemble rehearsal and performance including intonation, rhythmic accuracy, phrasing, balance, texture, colour, and text expression (vocal), as well as developing sensitivity to harmonic and formal structures, awareness of stylistic issues, and attention to ensemble listening skills.

Methods of Instruction

Each keyboard student will be assigned a B.Mus. vocal or instrumental concentrator to accompany at the beginning of the semester.  Each keyboard student will receive four half-hour individual coachings (private lesson mode) on the required scores for accompaniment during the semester, and will participate in three hours of accompaniment master classes (seminar mode) in three smaller groups of up to six students each, as arranged by the instructor(s).  At the beginning of the semester all students will attend an introductory one-hour lecture (lecture mode).

Means of Assessment

Grades are based on the student’s regular preparation for individual coaching sessions (private lessons), and on their application of the ensemble principles learned in master class and/or recital, and in juries.

Preparation for individual coachings (private lessons) (maximum of 4) 60%
Performance accompaniment (minimum of 1, either in master class or in recital) 25%
*Jury accompaniment 15%

*This portion of the grade will be given by the instructors present at the vocal or instrumental jury.

Learning Outcomes

To develop an awareness of ensemble techniques for the keyboard accompanist and to foster communication and musical understanding between performers.

course prerequisites

B. Mus. Entrance with keyboard concentration, or permission of the instructor.


MUSC 1150

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.