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Musicianship, Basic (Certificate)

Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 33.0
Length: Two semesters
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Certificate
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall
program overview
The Basic Musicianship Certificate Program is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to gain basic musical knowledge, or those who wish to pursue a university degree in music but require preparatory work.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 33 credits minimum
  • 50% (16.5 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

SEMESTER I

Select one music theory course from the following two options:

MUSC 1101

Materials of Music I

3.00

MUSC 1102

Basic Theory I

3.00

Select one aural skills course from the following two options:

MUSC 1104

Aural and Sight Singing Skills I

3.00

MUSC 1103

Basic Aural and Sight Singing Skills I

3.00

Select one ensemble course from the following two options:

MUSC 1135

Beginning Instrumental Ensemble I

1.50

MUSC 1145

Beginning Choral Ensemble I

1.50

Select one individual lesson course from the following two options:

MUSC 1155

Individual Lesson - Basic (1hr - piano) I

3.00

MUSC 1156 and

MUSC 1106

Individual Lesson - Basic (1/2hr) I, and

Introductory Class Piano I

2.00

2.00

Required Courses:

MUSC 1121

Listening in Context I

3.00

English Elective

English Upgrading (ENGU)* or

English Language Learning and Acquisition (ELLA)* or

English (ENGL) or

Creative Writing (CRWR) or

CMNS 1115

3.00

Total Credits Semester I

 

16.50 - 17.50

SEMESTER II

Select one music theory course from the following two options:

MUSC 1201 Materials of Music II

3.00

MUSC 1202 Basic Theory II

3.00

Select one aural skills course from the following two options:
MUSC 1204 Aural and Sight Singing Skills II

3.00

MUSC 1203 Basic Aural and Sight Singing Skills II

3.00

Select one ensemble course from the following two options:
MUSC 1235 Beginning Instrumental Ensemble II

1.50

MUSC 1245 Beginning Choral Ensemble II

1.50

Select one individual lesson course from the following two options:
MUSC 1255 Individual Lesson - Basic (1hr - piano) II

3.00

MUSC 1256 and

MUSC 1206

Individual Lesson - Basic (1/2hr) II, and

Introductory Class Piano II

2.00

2.00

Required Courses:

MUSC 1221

Listening in Context II

3.00

Elective

Any music or non-music course for which the student is eligible.  The following are recommended electives:

MUSC 1182 - Introduction to Music Technology or

PEFA 3136 - Introduction to Popular Music or

PEFA 3236 - World Music

3.00

Total Credits Semester II   16.50 - 17.50
Total Credits   33.00 - 35.00

Notes Regarding Music Requirements:

  1. The music theory and aural skills courses are streamed; MUSC 1101 and MUSC 1104 move through curriculum at a faster pace and in more depth than MUSC 1102 and MUSC 1103.  Course recommendations are made during the intake interview.
  2. All students in this program will register in either MUSC 1135 or MUSC 1145. Students with previous ensemble experience may, with permission of the Music faculty, take MUSC 1130 or 1140. 
  3. Students taking keyboard lessons as their concentration instrument will enrol in MUSC 1155 if they have intermediate keyboard skills. Instrumentalists (including beginning pianists) and vocalists will enrol in MUSC 1156.
  4. Instrumentalists and vocalists who have achieved Grade 7 RCMT level in piano may, with the permission of the Music Coordinator, take studio instruction lessons in piano instead of class piano.  In this case, they would enrol in MUSC 1153 instead of MUSC 1106.

Notes Regarding English Elective Requirements:

  1. There is no English proficiency requirement for acceptance into the Basic Musicianship program.  However, students wishing to register in CMNS 1115 or any CRWR or ENGL course must provide proof of English 12 with a minimum grade of "C" or an approved substitution.
  2. Students who do not meet the College's English requirement may complete courses in either ELLA or ENGU, as placed by assessments. 
  3. To graduate with a Basic Musicianship Certificate, students placed in ELLA must successfully complete ELLA 0250 or any of the four 0100-level ACE courses (ELLA 0110, 0120, 0130, 0140).
  4. To graduate with a Basic Musicianship Certificate, students placed in ENGU must successfully complete ENGU 0256 or any 0300- or 0400-level course.
career transfer pathways
Depending on individual goals and levels of experience, some students enter the Basic Musicianship Program to upgrade their skills and prepare for the Music Diploma Program, potentially leading to a university degree in music.
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements (excluding Language Proficiency Requirement)
  • Course Placement Interview: students will meet with the program coordinator or designated music faculty member to discuss their music background and goals, and complete music literacy and musicianship assessments for course placement purposes.  
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required.