Students will study and perform repertoire for percussion instruments of both definite and indefinite pitch. They will also study selected rhythmic systems of music cultures such as African, Brazilian and Cuban drumming. Emphasis is placed on the development of sight-reading ability, ensemble skills and musical style. The group will perform at least once per semester.
- Ensemble repertoire, appropriate to the group’s level
- Basic rehearsal discipline, preparation of parts, concentration and attention to the conductor or leader
- Ensemble listening skills
- Basic skills in music handling, set up, page turning, appropriate part marking
- Efficient use of rehearsal time
- An ability to work well in a group
- An ability to work with a variety of personalities in a compatible way
- Proper stage dress and deportment
Methods of Instruction
Coaching and rehearsal of the instrumental ensemble.
Means of Assessment
|Assigned excerpts (minimum of four)
|Contribution to ensemble (tone, dynamics, balance)
|*Participation (attention and attitude)
*Grades are based on the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s regular preparation for rehearsals, attentiveness and effort during rehearsals, and musical contribution to the ensemble. Frequently during the semester, certain passages of music will be assigned to be learned for an upcoming rehearsal and will be heard by the instructor. Students are graded on their achievement on these assignments.
Through the exploration of appropriate repertoire, the successful student will be able to demonstrate:
- Sight reading skills
- The ability to establish a group tempo through a pick-up or beat indicated by the leader
- Rhythmic accuracy and control of tempo
- A sense of group dynamics including:
Clarity of articulation
Controlled tone production
An awareness of style and performance practice regarding the various styles of percussion music
- the overall dynamic of the ensemble
- balance and the relative importance of the various parts
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.
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.