Eartraining and Sightsinging

From the 2012-2013 catalog:

MUSI 1116. Ear Training and Sight Singing I. (0-3-1). Singing in the treble, bass, alto and tenor clefs, major and minor modes, melodies with harmonic backgrounds of the principal chords. Aural study of rhythm. Students must take MUSI 1311, Theory of Music I, concurrently.

MUSI 1117. Ear Training and Sight Singing II. (0-3-1). Continuation of MUSI 1116, Ear Training and Sight Singing I. Students must take MUSI 1312, Theory of Music II, concurrently.

MUSI 2116. Advanced Ear Training and Sight Singing I. (0-3-1). Singing modulations to closely related keys; modal melodies; aural study; melodic and harmonic modulations; diatonic seventh chords. Singing remote modulations and difficult melodies. Study of mixed meters, altered chords; 9th, 11th, and 13th chords. Students must take MUSI 2311, Theory of Music III, concurrently.

MUSI 2117. Advanced Ear Training and Sight Singing II. (0-3-1). Continuation of MUSI 2116, Ear Training and Sight Singing I. Students must take MUSI 2312, Theory of Music IV, concurrently.

Ear training classes are intended primarily for music majors but are open to all students. Each course includes a companion Theory of Music course. The ear training course acts like a “lab” for the Theory of Music course. If “music is a language,” then music theory and eartraining classes are where you learn music’s grammar and vocabulary, including the construction of chords and scales. Music theory courses are primarily concerned with the “visual” aspect of learning about music (i.e., learning to write chords and scales on paper, on a music staff). Eartraining and Sightsinging classes are concerned with the “sound” aspect of many of these same topics (i.e., learning to distinguish the sound of different chords and scales). 

Note: these courses are sequential, and the Theory of Music classes are required co-requisites. Also, the first- and third-semester courses are only offered in the fall, while the second- and fourth-semester courses are only offered in the spring. This means that music majors should enroll in the following:

  • Freshman year, fall: MUSI 1311 (Theory of Music I) and MUSI 1116 (Eartraining and Sightsinging I)
  • Freshman year, spring: MUSI 1312 (Theory of Music II) and MUSI 1117 (Eartraining and Sightsinging II)
  • Sophomore year, fall: MUSI 2311 (Theory of Music III) and MUSI 2116 (Advanced Eartraining and Sightsinging 1)
  • Sophomore year, spring: MUSI 2312 (Theory of Music IV) and MUSI 2117 (Advanced Eartraining and Sightsinging 2)

See also the degree plan.

Contact James Dering for more information.