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COURSE TITLE: Advanced Aural Skills
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 modal, freely chromatic, octatonic, whole-tone and non-tonal melodies, non-tonal sonorities, metrical modulation, advanced beat groupings and the 5:4 and 5:3 cross-rhythms.

Students with credit in MUSI 407 cannot receive credit in MUSI 417.

Prerequisites: MUSI 367
  • 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.
Performance tasks30%
Final Exam 40%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Objectives: Students will develop musical thinking in areas outside of normal tonality. This involves gaining more flexibility with shifting tonic solfa, rhythm syllables, memory training and polyphonic thinking. Rhythmic literacy, coordination, and dictation will include the vocabulary beyond Chapter 25 in Studying Rhythm, as well as an introduction to swing rhythms.

Course Conduct:
  • The essential skills of the musician are listening and performing accurately. These skills are expanded, strengthened and demonstrated 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, while tapping or conducting or singing
    • Keyboard skills including Sing-and-Play excerpts, diatonic chord progressions and score reading.
    • Notating 1-, 2- and 3-part melodic material, rhythms and chord progressions.
  • Music 467 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.
  • Headphones (or earbuds) are required for dictation testing in the computer lab
COURSE OUTLINE: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 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
Each class will include some time for testing of tasks, and times may also be scheduled for testing outside of class time in F202. Selected tasks may be completed by submitting a recording. Each trio will also be scheduled for a final exam during the exam period in April.

Dictation Testing
  • Informal 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.
  • Formal dictation testing will also occur in the computer lab (N203) using headphones. Transcription of musical examples played on the computer, is to be handed in on manuscript paper. The final dictation exam will take place in the lab according to the official university exam schedule.

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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