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Beginning Instrumental Ensemble I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1133
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
Through the rehearsal and performance of appropriate music, the student will learn the basic skills of ensemble playing, including balance, intonation, phrasing, and dynamics. Special emphasis will be placed on technical development and reading skills.
Course Content

Using suitable ensemble music, students will study balance, intonation, phrasing, dynamics, group discipline and interpretation of aural and visual signals by the instructor.

Methods Of Instruction

The student will attend a rehearsal each week for the duration of two hours and will be expected to practice adequately as specified by the instructor.  The instructor will teach the material and will conduct the rehearsals and concerts. In addition, the use of mechanical and/or electronic aids such as the TAP rhythm machine, recordings, tuning devices, metronomes, and others may be assigned and evaluated.

Means of Assessment
Midterm TAP test 15%
Midterm playing  test and/or in-class assessment 20%
Final TAP test 15%
Final playing test 30%
Ensemble skills (including performance at dress rehearsals and scheduled concerts) 20%

*NB. In a performing group, regular attendance is vital to the learning of ensemble skills and the achievement of high performance standards. Absences affect every member of the ensemble; therefore 5% of the final mark will be deducted for each unexcused absence, to a maximum of 30%. Excused absences will include illness and urgent family or personal matters.

Unexcused absence from a dress rehearsal or a concert will result in a failing grade.

Learning Outcomes

Successful students should learn to solve problems arising from performance of ensemble music with emphasis on rehearsal techniques and conductor-performer relationship.

Textbook Materials

All music for ensemble will be provided by Douglas College.



Basic Musicianship Program entrance or permission of instructor. 


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course 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 Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Capilano University (CAPU) No credit 2013/05/01 to 2020/04/30
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1XXX (1) 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG MUSC 1133 (1) & DOUG MUSC 1233 (1) = SFU CA 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSC 1XX (1) 2004/09/01 to 2009/04/30
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSC 1XXX (3) 2011/01/01 to 2020/04/30
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MUSI 165 (1) 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (1) 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 181 (0.5) 2004/09/01 to 2020/04/30

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.