Ear Training & Sight Singing II

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1215
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides further development of aural and sight singing skills with a focus on more complex melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of diatonic tonal music.
Course Content
  1. Aural Recognition
    • Melodic intervals within a tonal context.  Speed recognition will be stressed.
    • Harmonic intervals within two octaves. Speed recognition will be stressed.
    • Simple two-part textures with non-chord tones.
    • Triads and four-note chords in all positions.
    • Six-four chord types: cadential, passing, pedal.
    • Dominant seventh chords in all positions.
    • Diatonic melodies which include more complex rhythms, larger intervals and sequences.
    • Soprano and bass factors, quality, and position of chords in diatonic progressions which include:  diatonic triads and dominantseventh chords.
    • More complex rhythmic patterns in both simple and compound meters including syncopation, duplets and triplets.
  2. Sight Singing
    • Diatonic melodies which contain more complex rhythms.
    • One- and two-part rhythm exercises.
  3. Musicianship Skills Performance
    • Diatonic intervals with emphasis on speed and accuracy.
    • Triads and dominant seventh chords in broken chord progressions.
    • Increased fluency with a relative pitch labelling system (movable-doh solfège or scale degree numbers).
    • Increased fluency with Kodály hand signs.
    • Ensemble exercises emphasizing timing and tuning.
Methods Of Instruction

Presentation of concepts, demonstration of learning strategies and modelling of skills by the instructor, integrated with drills and practice exercises by the students.  Skill reinforcement through assigned use of auxiliary online and/or computer aural skills resources.

Means of Assessment
Sight Singing Tests (minimum 4) 40%
Melodic, Rhythmic and Harmonic Dictation Tests (minimum 4) 50%
Weekly homework assignments 10%

N.B.:  This course includes final testing worth more than 10% during the last 14 days of classes.  A standing variance to the Evaluation Policy was granted by Education Council on Mar. 21, 2011.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the successful student will be able to demonstrate satisfactory skill and musicianship in aural recognition and sight performance of tonal melodies, harmonies, and rhythms as outlined in Course Content.

Textbook Materials

The latest editions of required texts such as the following:

Ear Training Textbook

  • Horvit, Michael, Timothy Koozin and Robert Nelson. Music for Ear Training: CD-ROM and Workbook. Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.


  • Karpinski, Gary S. Manual for Ear Training and Sight Singing. New York:  W. W. Norton.  Plus accompanying CD-ROM.

Sight Singing Textbook

  • Berkowitz, Sol, Gabriel Fontrier, Leo Kraft, Perry Goldstein and Edward Smaldone. A New Approach to Sight Singing. New York:  W. W. Norton.


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) CAPU MUS 113 (1.5) 2017/09/01 to -
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) No credit 2017/09/01 to -
College of the Rockies (COTR) No credit 2017/09/01 to -
Coquitlam College (COQU) No credit 2017/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1251 (2) 2017/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU GE 1XX (3) 2017/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit 2017/09/01 to 2019/08/31
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO MUSC 1st (1) 2019/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV MUSC 106 (1) 2017/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2017/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG MUSC 1215 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1262 (1.5) = UVIC MUS 170B (0.5) 2017/09/01 to 2018/08/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG MUSC 1215 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1262 (1.5) = UVIC MUS 170B (0.5) 2017/09/01 to -
Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC MUSC 1401 (3) 2019/05/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) Individual audition required 2017/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

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