Ear Training & Sight Singing III

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 2315
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined
New Westminster


Course Description
This course provides development of aural and sight singing skills with a focus on more complex melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of tonal music, including chromaticism and irregular beat divisions.
Course Content

  1. Aural Recognition
    • Chromatic scale degrees in major and minor modes.
    • Melodies in single phrases and simple period structures, including chromatic tones.
    • Simple two-part melodic textures including chromatic and non-chord tones.
    • Seventh chords in all positions.
    • Soprano and bass factors, quality, and position of chords in progressions which include: root-position and inverted seventh chords, applied (secondary) dominant and leading-tone seventh chords, and non-modulating harmonic sequences.
    • Longer and more complex rhythmic exercises including irregular beat divisions.
  2. Sight Performance
    • Melodies which include large intervals, harmonic and non-harmonic chromatic tones
    • Longer and more complex rhythmic exercises including irregular beat divisions.
  3. Musicianship Skills Performance
    • Seventh chords (primary and secondary functions) in broken chord progressions.
    • Chromaticism in relative pitch labelling systems (movable-doh solfège or scale degree numbers).
    • Chromatic Kodály hand signs.
    • Ensemble singing exercises.

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%
TOTAL 100%

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 should be able to demonstrate satisfactory skill and musicianship in aural recognition and sight performance of tonal melodies, harmonies, and rhythms as outlined in section N.

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 access card to online recordings.

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
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 2351 (2) 2018/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (3) 2018/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSC 2XXX (3) 2018/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV MUSC 205 (1) 2018/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 270A (1) & UVIC MUS 2XX (0.5) 2018/09/01 to -
Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC MUSC 2301 (3) 2019/05/01 to -

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

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