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COURSE NUMBER: MUSI 367
COURSE TITLE: Aural Skills 4
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 chromatic and modulating melodies, modulating chord progressions including chords of the flat sixth, rhythms with changing metre and the 3:4, 4:3 cross-rhythm.

Students with credit in MUSI 357 cannot receive credit in MUSI 367.

Prerequisites: MUSI 317
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 tasks (5 x 6) 30%
Dictation30%
Final Exam 40%
100%
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Objectives: Music 367 will continue the development of musical thinking in relation to standard notation, tonic solfa, rhythm syllables, memory training and polyphonic thinking. Increased fluency with chromatic alterations in tonal contexts, modulation, and rhythms with changing metre will be emphasized. Melodic dictation will include both two- and three-part examples.

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 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.
CLASS STRUCTURE: Class time will be used to introduce new concepts, skills, and tasks, practise group activities and dictation, and complete dictations for grading.

Performance Testing
Students are to arrange themselves into duets and trios for group work and part-singing.

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
At least 2 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 paper, in pencil, or they will not be accepted.
  • The total number of dictations completed for grading 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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