MUSC115 Ear Training I

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC115 Ear Training I
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
By qualifying exam
MUSC111 Music Theory I
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Ear Training I applies the aural skills of sight-singing, rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation in diatonic relationships (including triads, chord progressions and cadences). This course, intended for music majors, must be taken in conjunction with MUSC111 Music Theory I.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course Learning Goals

    2. Students will be able to
      1. sight-sing melodies accurately and take musical dictation by applying compatible solfege methodologies; and
      2. sight-sing accurately and take musical dictation with regard to diatonic melodies, triads, chord progressions, and cadences.

    3. Core Learning Goals

    4. This course is not in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Vocally practice movable-do solfege system by demonstrating the abilities to sing:
      1. all major and minor scales (using appropriate minor solfege syllables), ascending and descending
      2. simple diatonic melodies using all major intervals
      3. tonic, dominant, and subdominant triads
    2. Conduct, vocalize, and notate simple meters, beat subdivision, anacrusis, and note values involving dots and ties.
    3. Notate and identify all major and minor intervals (intervallic dictation).
    4. Notate diatonic melodies in all major keys (melodic dictation).
    5. Notate diatonic melodies in all simple meters (rhythmic dictation).
    6. Notate melodies, which outline basic chord progressions.
    7. Notate and identify harmonic progressions, which employ cadential six-four chords and 1st inversion triads.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
    2. Course-specific content will be assessed via homework assignments (workbook and instructor-generated), quizzes, and exams. A departmentally-generated final comprehensive examination will be administered to assess all subject matter components that are detailed in the Learning Goals for this course.

    3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals

    4. This course is not in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    A departmentally selected textbook and workbook are required for this course. (See course format.)
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Teaching methods employed may include, but are not limited to, specific topics, projects, assignments, approaches, time frames, A-V, etc.

In-class drill/practice tasks
Computer-based drill
In-class aural, written, and singing activities
Demonstration and live performance in class
Homework assignments (workbook and instructor-generated)
Guided critical listening and aural analysis
Quizzes and exams

Review/Approval Date - 4/08