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Aural & Sight Singing Skills I

Course Code: MUSC 1104
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Fall
course overview

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

Methods of Instruction

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.

course prerequisites


MUSC 1101 or MUSC 1102

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.