Ear Training & Sight Singing IV

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 2415
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, modulation and asymmetrical metres.
Course Content
  1. Aural Recognition
    • Melodies in various phrase groupings including double periods, with chromatic tones, and modulation to closely- and distantly-related keys.
    • Modulating melodies in two-part textures.
    • Soprano and bass factors, quality, and position of chords in progressions which include: borrowed chords, the Neapolitan Sixth chord, augmented sixth chords, and modulation.
    • Complex rhythmic patterns including asymmetrical and changing meters.
  2. Sight Performance
    • Melodies which contain more complex rhythms, chromatic tones, and modulations.
    • Complex rhythmic exercises including irregular beat divisions.
  3. Musicianship Skills Performance
    • Modulating melodic fragments
    • Broken chord patterns.
    • Ensemble exercises emphasizing multi-part awareness including canons and sing-and-plays.
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 March 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 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 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.



MUSC 2315                                



Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

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
Athabasca University (AU) AU MUSI 2XX (3) 2018/09/01 to -
Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO MUSC 219 (1) 2018/09/01 to -
Emily Carr University of Art & Design (EC) No credit 2018/09/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 2451 (2) 2018/09/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) No credit 2018/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU GE 1XX (3) 2018/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSC 2XXX (3) 2018/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 270B (1) & UVIC MUS 2XX (0.5) 2018/09/01 to -
Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC MUSC 2401 (3) 2019/05/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU MUSC 2nd (3) 2018/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

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