Basic Aural & Sight Singing Skills I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1103
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
Students will learn basic skills for musicianship/sight-singing, aural and rhythmic training. Open to all students, but priority will be given to full-time certificate students.
Offered: Fall
Course Content
  1. Ear Training
    • Identification of selected melodicintervals up to the P8
    • Identification of triads in root position
    • Identification of scale degrees in major and minor scales
    • Simple dictation of rhythms in simple and compound meters
    • Simple melodic dictation
  2. Sight Singing
    • Singing of ascending and descending intervals
    • Singing of notes in major and minor scales
    • Singing of ascending and descending notes in triads
    • Singing of tonal melodies containing intervals of seconds, thirds, the P4, the P5 and the P8
  3. Rhythmic Training
    • Development of skills in analyzing rhythmic organization in music
      • Duration (time values of notes & rests)
      • Pulse
      • Meters
      • Added beat
      • Divided beat
      • Crusic versus Anacrusic phrasing
    • Singing and tapping of rhythmic patterns
    • Method of conducting different meters
  4. Musicianship Skills
  • Basics of vocal production and singing
  • Use of a relative pitch labelling system (e.g., movable-doh solfège or scale degree numbers)
  • Use of Kodály hand signs
  • Melodic and rhythmic error detection
Learning Activities

Presentation of concepts, demonstration of learning strategies and modelling of skills by the instructor, integrated with drills and practice exercises performed by the whole class, small groups and individuals.

Means of Assessment
Regular quizzes (minimum one per week) 60%
Individual sight singing mid-term test 10%
In-class ear training mid-term test 10%
Individual sight singing final test 10%
In-class ear training final test 10%


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of, and skills in, sight singing and ear training.

Textbook Materials


  • Krueger, Carol. Progressive Sight Singing. New York:  Oxford University Press, 2007.





No prerequisite courses.



No equivalent courses.

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Institution Transfer Details for MUSC 1103
Athabasca University (AU) AU MUSI 1XX (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU MUS 1XX (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1XXX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSI 1XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) No credit
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 1XX (1.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) Individual Audition Required

Course Offerings

Winter 2023