Douglas College wordmark
Facebook logo Twitter logo Instagram logo Snapchat logo YouTube logo Wordpress logo
back to search

Ear Training & Sight Singing IV

Course Code: MUSC 2415
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, modulation and asymmetrical metres.

Course Content

  1. Aural Recognition
    • Melodies in various phrase groupings including double periods, with chromatic tones, and modulation to closely- and distantly-related keys.
    • Modulating melodies in two-part textures.
    • Soprano and bass factors, quality, and position of chords in progressions which include: borrowed chords, the Neapolitan Sixth chord, augmented sixth chords, and modulation.
    • Complex rhythmic patterns including asymmetrical and changing meters.
  2. Sight Performance
    • Melodies which contain more complex rhythms, chromatic tones, and modulations.
    • Complex rhythmic exercises including irregular beat divisions.
  3. Musicianship Skills Performance
    • Modulating melodic fragments
    • Broken chord patterns.
    • Ensemble exercises emphasizing multi-part awareness including canons and sing-and-plays.

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 March 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 Course Content.

course prerequisites

MUSC 2315                                


MUSC 2410


MUSC 2411

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.