MUST 103 Fall 17

Basic Aural Skills Fall 2017

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Syllabus

10/18 Melody Quiz next class

Welcome back from Fall Break! We will have our 4th quiz next class (Monday 10/23) on melody. There will be a sight melody like the ones in chapter 2 around pages 18-19 and a dictation melody like we did in class today in bass clef with one or two leaps in the tonic triad (Do-Mi-Sol-Do). I will stick close to the calendar I gave you in the previous website update, so look to that if you want to keep track.

Let me know if you have any questions.

See you on Monday!

David

10/9 Rhythm Quiz And Updated Calendar

Today we worked on rhythmic dictation with divisions of the beat and began working on hearing small intervals: major seconds and minor seconds. If you would like interval practice online, head on over to musictheory.net and teoria.com. Make sure you customize them so that you can focus on seconds. Here’s info on Wednesday’s quiz and an updated calendar.

Quiz 3 (Wed 10/11)

We will have our third quiz on Wednesday (10/11) on rhythm where I will ask you to perform a rhythm at sight and also to write down a rhythm I play for you, like our first quiz. Both of these will focus on rhythms with divisions (1 + 2 +) like 1.11 to 1.24 in your textbook.

Updated Calendar

  • W 10/11
    • Quiz 3: Rhythm with divisions
      • Perform rhythm at sight
      • Write down rhythm from dictation
    • Intervals (m3 & M3)
    • Start Chapter 1 rhythms pp. 8-11
  • M 10/16 Fall Break NO CLASS
  • W 10/18
    • Work on melodic dictation
    • Sing more out of chapter 2
    • Intervals (all 2nds and 3rds)
  • M 10/23
    • Quiz 4: Melody
      • Sing stepwise melody at sight in bass clef
      • Write down melody from dictation
    • Intervals (add P4, TT, & P5)
    • More rhythms from Chapter 1 and melodies from chapter 2
  • W 10/25
    • Review for exams
  • M 10/30 Dictation Exam 2
    • Rhythm with divisions
    • Stepwise melodies in bass clef (one or two skips)
    • Intervals (2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths)
  • W 11/1 Sight Singing Exam 2
    • Sing thirds pattern on solfege
    • Perform rhythm with divisions
    • Sing bass clef melody at sight

Let me know if you have any questions.

See you on Wednesday!

David

9/20 Exams on Monday and Wednesday

We have our sight singing and dictation exams this coming Monday and Wednesday. Here’s the list of your sight singing times that will take place in my office, CMUS 104, on Monday. I will also post it on my office door. So don’t come to the classroom on Monday. We will all be together again in our classroom on Wednesday for the dictation exam.

Sight Singing Exam Times (Mon 9/25 in CMUS 104)

  • 7:50
  • 7:55
  • 8:00 Logan
  • 8:05 Luna
  • 8:10
  • 8:15 T’Asia
  • 8:20 Jordan F
  • 8:25 Tymia
  • 8:30 Danielle
  • 8:35 Jasmine
  • 8:40 Rachel
  • 8:45 Alexis
  • 8:50 Malenah

See you individually on Monday and collectively on Wednesday!

David

9/18 Exam Review on Wednesday

We had our second quiz today on singing and hearing stepwise melodies to give you a feel for the two upcoming exams. Today in class we chose to have the Sight-Singing Exam on Monday. So here’s an updated calendar for the next 3 classes.

  • Wed 9/18
    • Review for exams
  • Mon 9/25
    • Sight-Singing Exam 1
      • Sing a major scale on solfege with conducting
      • perform a rhythm at sight with counting syllables and conducting
      • perform a melody at sight with solfege and conducting
  • Wed 9/27
    • Dictation Exam 1
      • notate a rhythm from hearing it
      • notate a melody from hearing it

See you on Wednesday!

David

9/13 Quiz 2 on Monday

I hope our class today on working with melodies was helpful. We will have our second quiz next class (Monday 9/13) where you will sight-sing a melody and write a melody down from hearing me play it on the piano. Both will be all stepwise and repeated notes with basic rhythms like we did in class today.

We will also choose together the order of our first exams. Would you like the sight-singing exam to be first or the dictation exam? The rest of class will be spent with rhythm and talking about hearing “Do” in music.

See you on Monday!

David

9/11 Melody work next time and Updated Calendar

We had our first quiz today and it went well. Now you have examples of how the rhythm will work in both the sight-singing and dictation exams. We also learned the scale I will ask you to sing during the first singt-singing exam with solfege and conducting to verify that you can sing accurately. We will spend Wednesday’s class working on melody out of the textbook (and some rhythm as well). I hope us listening to music today in class gave you good examples of how to find meter from listening. Here’s a calendar of what to expect for the next few weeks.

Updated Calendar

  • Wed 9/13
    • Work on singing and hearing melodies.
    • Work from Rogers/Ottman sight-singing textbook.
    • More on solfege patterns.
  • Mon 9/18
    • Quiz 2: Melody
    • Choose the order of the exams coming up.
    • Listening for “Do” in music.
    • More on solfege patterns.
  • Wed 9/20
    • Review for both exams.
  • Mon 9/25
    • Sight-Singing Exam 1 OR Dictation Exam 1
  • Wed 9/27
    • Sight-Singing Exam 1 OR Dictation Exam 1

See you on Wednesday!

David

9/6 Rhythm Quiz on Monday

Today we used the textbook for the first time. Please make sure you have the book. We will use it regularly from now on.

There will be a two-part rhythm quiz on Monday (9/11). I will have you in groups perform a rhythm at sight with conducting and rhythm syllables. It will be similar in difficulty to the first page of rhythms in our textbook (beats and longer notes). I will also ask you write a rhythm I play for you in rhythmic notation. It will be about the same difficulty.

Next class we will also spend more time sight singing melodies from the textbook and talk about meter.

See you on Monday!

David

8/30 No Class on Monday; Have Book for Wednesday

I hope today’s class was helpful on conducting, listening for rhythm, and then listening for melodic steps and leaps. There is no class on Monday 9/4 for Labor Day. So the next time we will see each other will be Wednesday 9/6. We’ll begin using our “Music for Sight Singing” textbook that day. So make sure you have it. We will spend some time in both chapters 1 and 2. Also make sure you have some staff paper. We will start working on dictation.

Theory Grad Assistant for Tutoring

Our theory graduate assistant, Zach McLean, came in and spoke to you all today. If you would like to contact him for individual help, his email is mcleanz2@winthrop.edu. He also has a sign up sheet on the bulletin board across from CMUS 115. Remember that I have time to help you as well.

See you on Wednesday!

David

8/28 Staff Paper and Conducting

I hope you found today’s work on connecting our ears to read pitches on the staff and connecting our ears to organizing rhythm. We’ll work more on both of these skills on Thursday. I’ll also introduce conducting to you. If you would like to print staff paper off of the internet, like I did, go to this website: https://www.blanksheetmusic.net/.

See you on Wednesday!

David

8/23 Syllabus and Staff Paper

Welcome (back) to Winthrop! It was good to meet you this morning. I hope you enjoyed talking singing a little and listening to chunks of Whitney Houston and Dolly Parton. This is our course website for Basic Aural Skills. I will be posting links, announcements, and other information for you here regularly.

  • For example, if you click on the Syllabus link above, you can see our syllabus. I recommend you print it out for yourself. I went through some of it this morning in class, but please make sure you read through it. Here is another link to it.
  • Bring some staff paper to class on Monday, if you can get some by then. I will have some, if needed.

I look forward to our time together this semester.

See you on Monday,

David