Aural & Sight Singing Skills I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1104
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
Students will learn skills required in the hearing and sight singing of rudimentary elements in music, simple diatonic melodies and rhythms.
Offered: Fall
Course Content
  1. Aural Recognition
    • pulse and meter
    • anacrusic and crusic phrases
    • basic rhythmic patterns
    • ascending and descending intervals up to a perfect octave
    • scale degrees within a major or minor key
    • simple diatonic melodies both with and without rhythm
    • rhythmic and melodic error detection 
  2. Sight Performance
    • simple diatonic melodies in major and minor keys
    • basic rhythmic exercises
  3. Musicianship Skills
    • basics of vocal production and singing
    • use of a relative pitch labeling system (e.g., movable-doh solfège or scale degree numbers)
    • use of Kodály hand signs
    • use of basic conducting patterns
    • singing drills for intervals and broken triads
    • dictation and transcription exercises using protonotation and standard musical notation
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 7.5%
In-class ear training mid-term test 7.5%
Individual sight singing final test 12.5%
In-class ear training final test 12.5%


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of and skills in the ability to sing and hear melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements of music.

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 1104
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) DOUG MUSC 1101 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1104 (3) = SFU CA 104 (3) & SFU CA 1XX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG MUSC 1101 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1104 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1204 (3) = SFU CA 104 (3) & SFU CA 1XX (6)
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