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Ear Training & Sight Singing III

Course Code: MUSC 2315
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 development of aural and sight singing skills with a focus on more complex melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic elements of tonal music, including chromaticism and irregular beat divisions.

Course Content

  1. Aural Recognition
    • Chromatic scale degrees in major and minor modes.
    • Melodies in single phrases and simple period structures, including chromatic tones.
    • Simple two-part melodic textures including chromatic and non-chord tones.
    • Seventh chords in all positions.
    • Soprano and bass factors, quality, and position of chords in progressions which include: root-position and inverted seventh chords, applied (secondary) dominant and leading-tone seventh chords, and non-modulating harmonic sequences.
    • Longer and more complex rhythmic exercises including irregular beat divisions.
  2. Sight Performance
    • Melodies which include large intervals, harmonic and non-harmonic chromatic tones
    • Longer and more complex rhythmic exercises including irregular beat divisions.
  3. Musicianship Skills Performance
    • Seventh chords (primary and secondary functions) in broken chord progressions.
    • Chromaticism in relative pitch labelling systems (movable-doh solfège or scale degree numbers).
    • Chromatic Kodály hand signs.
    • Ensemble singing exercises.

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%
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 should be able to demonstrate satisfactory skill and musicianship in aural recognition and sight performance of tonal melodies, harmonies, and rhythms as outlined in section N.

course prerequisites

MUSC 1215


MUSC 2310


MUSC 2311

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.