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Individual Lesson - Basic (1hr - piano) II

Course Code: MUSC 1255
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Tutorial
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter
course overview

Private instruction on the interpretation and performance of intermediate piano repertoire and technique.

Course Content

These represent minimum requirements. If the student is more advanced, then repertoire, technique and sight reading will be adjusted to the appropriate level, and the technique of accompanying may also be introduced.

  1. Technique – in all major and minor keys
    • Pentachord exercises.
    • Scales and arpeggios:
      • hands together
      • increase in velocity
    • Chords:
      • hands together
      • increase in velocity
  2. Repertoire
    • More advanced pieces that employ a mixture of elements: accompanied melody, figurations, contrapuntal  textures, etc., in tonal and contemporary idioms.
    • Two pieces by memory will be required for the jury examination.
  3. Sight Reading
    • 2- and 3-part pieces
    • homophonic pieces
    • isolated triads and seventh chords
    • (One sight reading piece will be required for the jury examination.)
  4. Transposition – at the discretion of the instructor.
    • Simple homophonic pieces and near-related keys.
  5. Expanded Popular/Jazz Music Chording and Improvisation – at the discretion of the instructor.
  6. Performance and Attendance
    • Students are required to perform in at least one student recital, at the discretion of the instructor.
    • Students are required to attend all Arts at One concerts.

Methods of Instruction

The student will receive 12 hours of private instruction per semester; lessons will be given on a weekly basis. 

Means of Assessment

70% of the total mark will be allotted by the instructor on the basis of weekly progress in the various aspects of the course.  The instructor and student will discuss the student’s progress and performance level at regular intervals (minimum three times) during the semester, so that the student is aware of his/her current standing and what is expected.  No single evaluation will be worth more than 40% of the final grade (please see Douglas College’s evaluation policy).

30% of the total mark will be based on a juried examination, adjudicated by two members of the music faculty.

The following is a sample grade breakdown:

15%     Technical progress

15%     Musicianship progress

25%     Technical and musical performance level

15%     Attitude and effort

30%     Jury examination

100%   Total

Up to 10% of the total mark will be deducted for unfulfilled participation.  The following explains the grading calculation:

  • 5% is deducted for failure to perform, at the discretion of the instructor.
  • 1% is deducted for each absence from the Arts at One concert series.
  • 1% is added for each additional performance and/or accompaniment above the minimum. This addition will only offset marks that have been deducted.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to interpret and perform keyboard repertoire, demonstrate technical requirements, and sight read at an appropriate level, as outlined in the Course Content.

course prerequisites

MUSC 1155


Full time status in the Basic Musicianship Program

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.