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Class Piano IV

Course Code: MUSC 2416
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

Students will develop their keyboard skills further through the introduction of technical material and pieces up to the level of RCM Grade VI or equivalent. Also included are score reading, improvisation, transposition, chord progressions using more advanced harmonic elements, harmonization of more complex melodies, sight reading and repertoire.

Course Content

  1. Scales: major and minor; two octaves, hands together. Contrary motion: major scales, two octaves.
  2. Triads and Inversions: major and minor; two octaves, solid and broken, hands together.
  3. Dominant Sevenths and Inversions: one octave, solid and broken, hands together.
  4. Diminished Sevenths and Inversions: one octave, solid and broken, hands together.
  5. Arpeggios: major and minor: root position, two octaves, hands together.
  6. Chord Progressions: Circle of Sevenths; Scale Harmonizations.
  7. Sight Reading: more complex random chords in treble, alto, tenor or bass clefs; block chords from four-part score, score reading up to four staves; hands together pieces with unlimited range.
  8. Transposition: simple pieces in any key, hands together.
  9. Harmonization: melodies, unlimited range incorporating appropriate accompaniment styles.
  10. Repertoire: easy pieces from the standard repertoire: Bach, Mozart, Schumann etc., unlimited range.

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 - 7 unexcused absences: minus 10%
  • 8 or more 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

At the end of the course, 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 2316


MUSC 2410 or MUSC 2412


MUSC 2461

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.