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Class Piano II

Course Code: MUSC 1216
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course further develops the keyboard skills introduced in MUSC 1116. It includes more progressive technical material, chord progressions using basic diatonic chords in various keys, harmonization of simple melodies, sight reading and repertoire.

Course Content

  1. Scales: major, minor, modal; two octaves, hands separately.
  2. Triads and Inversions: major and minor; two octaves, solid and broken, hands separately.
  3. Dominant Sevenths and Inversions: one octave, solid and broken, hands separately.
  4. Diminished Sevenths and Inversions: one octave, solid and broken, hands separately.
  5. Arpeggios: major and minor:  root position, two octaves, hands separately.
  6. Chord Progressions: Expansion of basic formulae incorporating secondary sevenths and secondary dominants as follows:
    • V6/5/V-I6/4-V7-I,
    • VII07/V-V7-I,
    • VII07/V-I6/4-V7-I,
    • IV7-V7-I,VI7-V7-I.
  7. Sight Reading: pentachord range in major and minor keys with limited range of hand positions, chords at random, hands separately.
  8. Transposition: as above in item 7.
  9. Harmonization: melodies with extended range; diatonic harmonies, secondary dominants, block style and keyboard style.
  10. Improvisation: continue a given melodic fragment in similar style.
  11. Repertoire: easy pieces from the standard repertoire:  Bach, Schumann, Bartok, etc.

Methods of Instruction

Instruction will be by lecture, demonstration and supervised practice.

Means of Assessment

The grade will be calculated on the basis of progress made in the various aspects of the course as follows:

Weekly progress* 40%
Regularly scheduled quizzes (minimum of 4)  20%
Mid-term exam 15%
Final exam 25%
Total 100%

*Frequent, short evaluations are designed to give feedback on newly learned material and skills, and will include demonstrations of tasks as outlined in the course content.


As this is a skill-oriented course, regular attendance is required in order to develop fluent keyboard skills. Therefore, 100% attendance is desired. The failure to attend regularly will result in reduction of a final grade as shown below:

  • 4 unexcused absences: minus 10%
  • 8 unexcused absences: minus 15%
  • students who miss 30% or more of scheduled class time will receive a final grade of UN (unofficial withdrawal)

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to demonstrate the fundamentals of keyboard sight reading, accompaniment, transposition, improvisation, keyboard harmony, technique and piano repertoire.

course prerequisites

MUSC 1116


MUSC 1210

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.