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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: MUSI 135
Course Title: Aural Skills I
Number of:
Credit Hours 1
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Students pursue the development of musical independence, including sight singing, ear training, rhythmic reading, dictation, and part singing.  Prerequisites: Successful completion of Advanced Placement Music Theory in high school, satisfactory score on the Music Placement Test or a grade of C or higher in MUSI 102. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSI 102.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Advanced Placement Music Theory in high school, satisfactory score on the Music Placement Exam or a grade of C or higher in MUSI102.

Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in MUSI 134.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

A New Approach to Sight Singing, 5/e
By Berkwitz, Sol, Gabriel Fontrier, Leo Kraft, Perry Goldstein, and Edward Smaldone (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Student will be able to apply fundamental principles of rhythm and pitch.
  2. Student will demonstrate fundamental proficiency in listening skills and aural dictation.
  3. Student will demonstrate a fundamental proficiency in reading music at sight.
  4. Student will demonstrate developing ability for self-evaluation and assessment.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Melody: Diatonic Intervals I (P1, m2, M2, m3, M3, P4, Tritone, P5)
  • Rhythm: Simple Meters (Half Notes, Quarter Notes, and Groups of Two Eighth Notes)
  • Melody: Stepwise Melodies, Major Keys
  • Melody: Diatonic Intervals II (adding the m6, M6, m7, and P8)
  • Melody: Intervals from the Tonic Triad, Major Keys
  • Melody: Alto Clef
  • Harmony: Diatonic Intervals (P1-P8)
  • Melody: Intervals from the Tonic Triad in Minor Keys
  • RHYTHM: Compound Meters (Dotted Quarter Notes, Dotted Half Notes, Mixed Quarter/Eighth Notes (long/short), and Groups of Three Eighth Notes)
  • Harmony: The Four Triad Types
  • Melody: Starting on Triads Other than Tonic
  • Rhythm: Basic Syncopation, Long-Short Patterns in Simple Meters
  • Harmony: The Four Triads in First Inversion
  • Melody: Intervals from the Subdominant Chord
  • Melody: Intervals from the Dominant Chord
  • Harmony: The Dominant 7th Chord in Root Position
  • Melody: Intervals from the Supertonic Chord
  • Melody: Intervals from the Dominant 7th Chord and the Leading Tone Diminished Chord
  • Harmony: The Major and Minor Chords in Second Inversion
  • Melody: Intervals from the Subdominant Chord

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 12

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Prepared by: Nollie Moore Date: September 10, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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