For Performance students, private and group instruction on the interpretation and performance of repertoire and technique. For Composition students, the development of the student’s compositional voice will be guided on an individual basis and in groups.
For Performance Students
- Technique: Students will work on technique appropriate to their instrument and to their level and ability, through the assignment of studies, etudes and/or exercises by the instructor.
- Repertoire: Will be assigned by the instructor at a level appropriate to the student's level and ability.
- Sight Reading exercises: May be assigned by the instructor at a level appropriate to the student's level and ability.
- Other Materials: May be introduced at the discretion of the instructor.
- Performances: Students are required to perform in at least one student recital.
For Composition Students
- Techniques for the development of compositional skills and artistic judgment through the writing of assigned sketches and shorter pieces in a variety of selected styles and instrumental/vocal genres.
- The completion, preparation and performance of one major composition of approximately 4-8 minutes in duration.
- Presentation in at least one composition studio pod class.
Methods of Instruction
The student will receive one hour of private instruction per week for 11 weeks and 6 hours per semester of studio pod (group) instruction.
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, and on performance level exhibited over the course of the semester. 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 (performance students: performance on instrument of study; composition students: portfolio review).
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
Up to 10% of the total mark will be deducted for unfulfilled participation. The following explains the grading calculation:
- Performance students are expected to perform in recital (on the student’s instrument of study). 5% is deducted if this requirement is not met.
- Composition students are expected to have a piece of theirs performed in a recital or studio pod class. 5% is deducted if this requirement is not met.
- 1% is deducted for each absence from the Arts at One concert series.
- 1% is deducted for each hour of absence from studio pod classes.
- Piano concentrators are expected to accompany. 1% is deducted if this requirement is not met.
- 1% is added for each additional performance and/or accompaniment above the minimum. This addition will only offset marks that have been deducted.
The successful student will be able to interpret and perform repertoire of an appropriate level, and demonstrate technical requirements and sight reading as outlined in the Course Content.
The successful composition student will be able to demonstrate compositional skills as outlined in the Course Content.
Full-time status in one of the following programs: Music Diploma, Music Technology, or Foundation for Music Therapy Studies, and at least 2 credits from: MUSC 1140, 1240, 2340, 2440, 1130, 1230, 2330, 2430, 1144, 1244, 2344, 2444, 1113 or 1213.
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.