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Basic Aural & Sight Singing Skills II

Course Code: MUSC 1203
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

Students will continue to develop aural skills, sight singing skills and rhythmic training.

Course Content

  1. Ear Training
    • Identification of melodic and harmonic intervals up to the P8
    • Identification of triads in 1st and 2nd inversions
    • Identification of chords in four-part style in open spacing
    • Rapid identification of notes in major and minor scales
    • Identification of seventh chords in root position
    • Identification of simple harmonic progressions in major and minor modes
    • Rhythmic dictation
    • Melodic dictation
    • Identification of cadence types, phrase relationships, and basic period structures
  2. Sight Singing
    • Singing of ascending and descending intervals
    • Singing of notes of triads in 1st and 2nd inversions
    • Singing of tonal melodies including intervals of 6ths and 7ths.
  3. Rhythmic training
    • Continuing work in analysis of rhythms
    • Singing and tapping of rhythmic patterns
    • Continuing use of conducting patterns
  4. Musicianship skills
    • Increasing fluency with a relative pitch labelling system (e.g., movable-doh solfège or scale degree numbers)
    • Increasing fluency with Kodàly hand signs
    • Melodic and rhythmic error detection and correction

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 of one per week) 60%
Individual sight singing mid-term test 10%
In-class ear training mid-term test 10%
Individual sight singing final test 10%
In-class ear training final test 10%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to demonstrate further development in aural and sight singing skills.

course prerequisites

MUSC 1103 or MUSC 1104                               


MUSC 1202 or MUSC 1201

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.