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Ear Training & Sight Singing I

Course Code: MUSC 1115
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course develops aural and sight singing skills with a focus on the basic melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of diatonic tonal music.

Course Content

  1. Aural Recognition
    • Melodic intervals within an octave, ascending and descending.
    • Harmonic intervals and simple two-part textures.
    • Triads in root position, first and second inversions.
    • Simple diatonic melodies in major and minor modes.
    • Bass factor, quality, and position of primary triads in major and minor progressions.
    • Meter, mode, cadence types.
    • Basic rhythmic patterns in both simple and compound meters.
    • Error detection and correction exercises.
  2. Sight Performance
    • Diatonic melodies with simple rhythms.
    • Simple rhythmic exercises.
  3. Musicianship Skills Performance
    • Intervals, triads and broken chord progressions.
    • Use of a relative pitch labelling system (movable-doh solfège or scale degree numbers).
    • Use of Kodály hand signs and basic conducting patterns.

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 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 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.

course prerequisites

Meets or exceeds entrance criteria during the aural skills assessment                            


MUSC 1110 or MUSC 2310


MUSC 1111

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.