Intermediate Ear Training (MTH4284.01)

Joseph Alpar

Intermediate Ear Training is a course in musicianship. Students will develop skills in aural perception, learning to visualize, sing, and write music from melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic exercises. Students will learn to identify intervals, 7th chords, triads, key relationships, common cadences and phrase structures. Our daily work will involve singing melodies with solfege (at sight and prepared material), rhythmic exercises, taking melodic and harmonic dictations, and a variety of listening activities. Everyone will be expected to participate in every class. People who don’t readily identify as singers need not be alarmed. This class is about strengthening your ear, and learning to sing different pitches accurately will be a part of that process. We will perform rhythms, eventually incorporating syncopation, cross-rhythms, small subdivisions, and changing meters. Students will take melodic and harmonic dictation, analyze chord progressions; transcribe and analyze recorded music across a number of styles and genres. Our main focus will be tonal music, including diatonic and chromatic melody. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to bring in examples from their own music collections and playlists to incorporate into the work we are doing.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will attain skills in:

a) Sing melodic materials (at sight and prepared), including diatonic melodies, progressing from conjunct types (moving stepwise) to disjunct (leaps up or down).
b) Tap/beat rhythmic materials (at sight and prepared), including rhythms in binary and ternary divisions of the beat, including smaller subdivisions of the beat, and experience in less common meters.

a)Intervals: Singing and recognition of all intervals to the octave, melodic
and harmonic
b) Chords: Singing and recognition of isolated chords including triads in root position and inversions; seventh chords in root position and inversions
c) Melodic dictation: conjunct, diatonic melodies in two voices, progressing to disjunct
d) Harmonic dictation: diatonic chord progressions utilizing triads in root position and
inversions, and the dominant seventh chord in root position and inversions

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Student must read music notation, including key signature identification, and have previously passed a beginner’s music theory course, beginning composing course or have equivalent knowledge.
Corequisites: Attendance at music events relevant to the course Occasional attendance at Music Workshop
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/W/Th 8:30AM - 9:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , Theory , Fully In-Person
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