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Aural & Sight Singing Skills II

Course Code: MUSC 1204
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 skills required in the hearing and sight singing of musical elements, melodies and rhythms.

Course Content

  1. Aural Recognition
    • rhythmic patterns in both simple and compound meters which include subdivided beats, uneven beat divisions, and syncopation
    • harmonic intervals up to a perfect octave
    • melodic intervals (speed recognition stressed)
    • simple 2-part dictation
    • diatonic melodies with larger leaps and leaps between members of the subdominant triad and dominant seventh chord
    • chord quality of triads and seventh chords
    • cadence types, phrase relationships, and basic period structures
    • simple harmonic progressions
    • melodic and rhythmic error detection and correction
  2. Sight Performance
    • melodies with larger leaps, leaps between members of the subdominant triad and dominant seventh chord, and more complex rhythms
    • more complex rhythmic exercises
  3. Musicianship Skills
    • increasing fluency with a relative pitch labelling system (e.g., movable-doh solfège or scale degree numbers)
    • increasing fluency with Kodály hand signs
    • singing drills and exercises with intervals and broken chord patterns
    • dictation and transcription exercises

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 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%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to sing and hear melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements of music.

course prerequisites

MUSC 1104                                


MUSC 1201 or MUSC 1202

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.