MUS2625 AURAL SKILLS I
2 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year.
MUS2625 - Aural Skills I (2 hrs.)
A course designed to develop aural skills through melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation and singing melodic material at sight. This course is required of music majors and taken concurrently with MUS2620 Music Theory I.
Aural Skills is offered as a means of developing aural skills through melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation and singing melodic materials at sight.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to listen intelligently to melodies illustrating basic concepts and provide an accurate analysis of them. The student will also sing unfamiliar melodies at sight and develop “aural imagery” to hear it in his mind.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: Melodic Relationships in Music
Outcomes: Student will develop listening skills to identify melodic relationships in music.
- Notate melodies using m2, M2, m3, M3, P4 and P5.
- Identify aurally major and 3 forms of the minor scale.
- Identify aurally scale degrees when played.
- Identify aurally the intervals m2, M2, m3, M3, P4 and P5.
UNIT 2: Harmonic Relationships in Music
Outcomes: Student will demonstrate listening skills to identify harmonic relationships in music.
- Identify aurally the I, ii, IV and V triads.
- Identify aurally major, minor, diminished, and augmented triads.
- Identify aurally the three positions, root, 6/3, 6/4, - of major and minor triads.
- Identify aurally the chord factor (1, 3, or 5) in the soprano and bass voices of major and minor triads.
- Identify aurally these nonharmonic tones: unaccented and accented passing tones, unaccented and accented neighboring tones, escape tone, anticipation and suspension.
- Identify aurally these cadence types: Perfect Authentic, Imperfect Authentic, Half, Plagal, and Deceptive.
UNIT 3: Rhymic Relationships in Music
Outcomes: Student will develop listening skills to identify rhythmic relationships in music and notate duple and triple subdivisions of the beat and dotted rhythms.
- Notate half-beat values.
- Notate duple and triple subdivisions of the beat.
- Notate dotted rhythm values.
UNIT 4: Sightsinging of Melodies
Outcomes: Student will develop Sightsinging skills using numbers to Sightsinging major and minor melodies.
- Sightsinging using numbers melodies that consist of major and minor seconds within the major scale.
- Sightsinging melodies consisting of intervals within the tonic triad in major keys.
- Sightsinging using numbers melodies using M2, m2, M3, m3, P4 and P5 within the major and minor scales.
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy
Course Time Frame:
The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.
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402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.