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Ear Training & Sight Singing II

Course Code: MUSC 1215
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 provides further development of aural and sight singing skills with a focus on more complex melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of diatonic tonal music.

Course Content

  1. Aural Recognition
    • Melodic intervals within a tonal context.  Speed recognition will be stressed.
    • Harmonic intervals within two octaves. Speed recognition will be stressed.
    • Simple two-part textures with non-chord tones.
    • Triads and four-note chords in all positions.
    • Six-four chord types: cadential, passing, pedal.
    • Dominant seventh chords in all positions.
    • Diatonic melodies which include more complex rhythms, larger intervals and sequences.
    • Soprano and bass factors, quality, and position of chords in diatonic progressions which include:  diatonic triads and dominantseventh chords.
    • More complex rhythmic patterns in both simple and compound meters including syncopation, duplets and triplets.
  2. Sight Singing
    • Diatonic melodies which contain more complex rhythms.
    • One- and two-part rhythm exercises.
  3. Musicianship Skills Performance
    • Diatonic intervals with emphasis on speed and accuracy.
    • Triads and dominant seventh chords in broken chord progressions.
    • Increased fluency with a relative pitch labelling system (movable-doh solfège or scale degree numbers).
    • Increased fluency with Kodály hand signs.
    • Ensemble exercises emphasizing timing and tuning.

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%

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

MUSC 1115                              


MUSC 1210 or MUSC 2410

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.