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

Keyboard Harmony II

Course Code: MUSC 1262
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

A continuation in developing keyboard harmony skills including harmonization of melodies, realizing figured bass, transposition, improvising, score reading and simple accompanying.

Course Content

Score reading - continuation in the study of reading both vocal and instrumental scores up to four parts including transposing instruments.

Transposition - continuation in the study of transposing melodies; two-, three-, and four-part piano pieces will be transposed to closely related keys.

Figured bass - continuation in the study of realizing a figured bass using block and broken chords and simple non-harmonic passing and neighbour tones. Secondary, applied 7ths will be introduced.

Harmonization of melodies - continuing work on using diatonic and chromatic harmonies in keyboard style to harmonize a given melody.

Improvisation - creating phrase-length melodies, creating melodies over given harmonic pattern, and creating accompaniment patterns for a given melody.

Methods of Instruction

Instruction methods include lecture with 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:

  • 40% of the mark will be based upon class work
  • 20% of the mark will be based on regular quizzes (one per week)
  • 15% of the mark will be allotted for an in-class midterm examination
  • 25% of the mark will be allotted for an in-class final examination


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 the reduction of a final grade as shown below:

  • 3 unexcused absences: minus 10%
  • 6 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 harmony by harmonizing melodies, realizing figured bass, transposing, improvising and basic accompanying.

course prerequisites

MUSC 1162



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.