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COURSE NUMBER: MUSI 267
COURSE TITLE: Aural Skills 2
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Elia Peterson
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 1.5(hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Topics include performance and recognition of ascending and descending chromatic intervals, melodies and chord progressions with tonicization and rhythms including the 2:3, 3:2 cross-rhythm.

Prerequisites: MUSI 217
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Peterson, Eila.  Basics of Musical Structure at the Keyboard. Edmonton:  Audigraph Music, 2005. 
  • Hall, Anne Carothers.  Studying Rhythm.  3rd ed.  New Jersey:  Prentice Hall, 2005
  • Peterson, Eila.  Anthology of Canons.  Edmonton:  Audigraph Music, 2012.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Performance tasks30%
Dictations30%
Final 40%
100%
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Objectives: Music 267 will continue the development of musical thinking in relation to standard notation for melody, harmony, and rhythm. This involves fluency with tonic solfa, rhythm syllables, memory training and polyphonic thinking. Students will gain facility dealing with chromatic alterations in tonal contexts. Rhythmic material will include more complex syncopations, as well as triplets and duplets.

Course Conduct: The class is conducted in a lab format, with skill development based on group activities including singing clapping, movement, listening and taking musical dictation.
  • The essential skills of the musician are listening and performing accurately. These skills are expanded and strengthened in this lab through:
    • Singing alone and in ensemble using tonic solfa, letter names, and numbers
    • Sight-singing from hand signs, stem-and-solfa notation, and standard notation
    • Rhythmic performance using Takadimi syllables, and while tapping or conducting
    • Keyboard skills including Sing-and-Play exerpts, as well as diatonic chord progressions in all keys for keyboardists and up to 3 sharps and 3 flats for non-keyboardists.
    • Notating rhythms, melodies, and chord progressions.
  • Music 267 is a performance-oriented course and daily practice, including trio & duet rehearsal, outside the classroom is necessary to achieve the course objectives.
  • Attendance is crucial to your success in this class as no supplemental dictations are offered
  • Necessary items at each class are manuscript paper, metronome, pencil and eraser.
COURSE STRUCTURE: Class time will be used to introduce new concepts, skills, and tasks, practise group activities and dictation, complete dictations for grading, and some performance testing.  

Performance Testing

Students are to arrange themselves into trios for group work and part-singing.  Trios will remain intact for the term, and membership in these trios should be decided by Sept 13.

A list of “Tasks” for testing will be developed during class time.  These Tasks will include material from the following categories: 
  •   Melody perfornance
  •   Rhythm performance
  •   Keyboard performance
  •   Ensemble performance (trios & duets)
  •   Polyphonic thinking skills
  •   Memory
3 times during the term, trios will be scheduled for testing outside of class time  in F202.    Each trio will also be scheduled for a final exam during the exam period in December.

Dictation Testing
  • Dictations may be given in class and collected for grading at any time.  Dictations MUST be completed on music manuscript papter, in pencil, or they will not be accepted. 
  • The total number of dictations completed will be averaged and the grade will comprise 30% of the total for the course.


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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