Course Info MUS 244

This page will be an attempt to gather the relevant videos and practice pages to help you through this course. I will add another page with information about remedial work, for those who are struggling. (It's important that you master the basic skills before moving on to the harder ones, or you will become needlessly frustrated.)

Our ear training textbook is "Ear Training: A Technique for Listening" by Benward and Kolosick. The textbook has accompanying exercises on the publisher's website. You need the latest version of shockwave flash to use them. The index for the exercises can be found here.

Our sight singing text is "Music for Sight Singing" by Ottman and Rogers. You should be meeting regularly with your sight singing group to work through these exercises. If you need additional material, or another approach, I recommend downloading the free and creative commons licensed "Eyes and Ears: An Anthology of Melodies for Sight Singing" by Benjamin Crowell.

Our rhythm text is by Jason Haney, who has graciously allowed me to post examples online for your edification.

You may appreciate Melinda and Janie's Eartraining Survival Guide:

Weeks 1-5:

You should identify any skills covered in the last three semesters in which you are still weak. Begin practicing them regularly and get up to speed. Go back in the book and practice earlier sections until you are confident in your skills (use the Benward/Kolosick website.)

Your sight singing group should cover Ottman 14.1 - 14.42 using solfege.

Watch intro to concepts in Benward Melody 12A

Practice exercises in Benward Melody 12A

Watch intro to concepts in Benward Melody 12D

Practice exercises using Pitch Improver Website as outlined in video.

Watch intro to Benward Harmony 12E: (Sorry for the poor video quality!)

Practice exercises in Benward Harmony 12E. (Seventh chord qualities.)

Get additional practice on musictheory.net using the traditional names for the chords.

Watch Intro to Harmony 12A (Nondominant seventh chords)

Practice exercises in Benward Harmony 12A.

Watch intro to Section 8 of our Rhythm Exercises. (dealing with 32nd notes.)

Practice Benward Melody 13A. (this is an extension of Melody 12A. In fact, it's even easier in some ways, because the melody is clearly in two sections.)

Watch Intro to Melody 13B. (Melodic error detection)

Practice exercises in Benward Melody 13B. (This is error detection. It should be relatively straightforward.)

Practice Benward Melody 13D. (This is an extension of Melody 12D. Practice exercises using Pitch Improver Website as outlined in the 12D video, but add one more note.)

Watch Intro to Harmony 13A. (Secondary dominants of ii and V)

Watch Secondary Dominants Part I. (More practice with secondary dominants of V)

Watch Secondary Dominants Part II. (More practice with secondary dominants of ii

Practice exercises in Benward Harmony 13A. (Secondary dominants of ii and V)

Watch Intro to Rhythm 9A & 9B. (Mixed meters - not super helpful, but very introductory.)


Weeks 6 to 9

Benward Melody 14A (Modulating Melodic Dictation)
Benward Melody 14B (Error Detection)


Watch Intro to Modes. (aka "fun with modes!) Watch with annotations on if you can. Remember that spelling is important!

Need a mnemonic? There are many based on the order modes appear if you hear how they would start on successive degrees of our familiar major scale. (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian.)

Here is Mattia's mnemonic method for this.

Also, remember that we won't deal with Locrian in class. Ionian is like our major scale, and Aeolian is like our natural minor scale. "Home triads" for Dorian and Phrygian are minor, and those of Mixolydian and Lydian are major. Lydian has a "fi" and Phrygian has a "ra," which gives them each a very distinctive sound. Dorian and Mixolydian each have a "la" and a "te" and differ only in the quality of the third scale degree.

Benward Melody 14C (Mode Identification)

Watch Secondary dominants of iv (in a minor key, obviously:)

Benward Harmony 14A (Secondary dominants of iv and VI)

Watch all the videos in the Secondary Dominants Playlist, as many times as you need to.

Keep working on Harmony 13A (above)

Work with your sight singing groups through Ottman 16.37-16.70

Weeks 10 to 15

Practice exercises in Benward Melody 15A (Nondiatonic tones)
Practice exercises in Benward Melody 15C (Mode Identification)
Practice exercises in Benward Melody 15D

Review Common Secondary Dominants in inversion.

Review Secondary Dominants in a Major Key.

Review Secondary Dominants in a Minor Key.

Review Secondary Dominants BLITZ with V6-5 and vii┬║7 of everything in a Major Key.

Practice exercises in Benward Harmony 15A (All Secondary Dominants)

Rhythm Units 10D, 11A, 11B, 12A, 12B;

Practice exercises in Benward Melody 16A

Review French and German Augmented 6 Chords.

Review Neapolitan 6 Chords.

Listen to and memorize the International Chords Song.

Practice exercises in Benward Harmony 16A (Fr6, Gr6 and N6)
Practice exercises in Benward Harmony 16D

Ottman 17.28-17.42, 20.1-20.33




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