COVID-19 information and resources
Douglas College wordmark
Facebook logo Twitter logo Instagram logo Snapchat logo YouTube logo Wordpress logo
back to search

Introduction to Composition II

Course Code: MUSC 1213
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

Introduction to Composition II continues the material and objectives of MUSC 1113. The course is designed to further the development of students’ understanding of and facility in compositional systems, processes and techniques through written exercises and assignments.

Course Content

  1. Development of Compositional Resources
    • modes/scales
    • chords/harmonies
    • motives/themes
    • texture
    • formal schemes
    • orchestration
  2. Documentation
    • editing, proof reading
    • score layout, copying of scores and parts
    • recording/archiving material
    • program notes, biographical notes
  3. Performance Issues
    • finding performers
    • organizing and leading rehearsals
    • levels of difficulty, performance ability
  4. Practical and Aesthetic Considerations
    • program music, interdisciplinary music
    • working with text
    • copyright, plagiarism, borrowing material
  5. Repertoire
    • listening component designed to expose students to a wide range of styles, techniques andgenres of modern music

Methods of Instruction

Students will receive 2 hours a week of class time.

Means of Assessment

Writing 2 short compositions (2 x 15%) 30%
Performance of 1 composition 10%
5 short assignments (5 x  8%) 40%
Listening test 10%
Class participation 10%
TOTAL  100%

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion the student should be able to demonstrate a solid theoretical and practical experience of the compositional process, including the development of the student’s compositional voice within selected idioms.

course prerequisites

MUSC 1113 or permission of the instructor

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.