Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MUC 120A
Course Title:
Sight Singing and Ear Training I
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Course Description

Develops ability to use the ear accurately to discern the quality of intervals, rhythms, harmonies and melodies, and to intone rhythms. Musical samples are transcribed by ear to include melody, rhythm, and harmony. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Material will be presented through lectures, demonstrations, and discussions. Students will be able to identify aurally all major and minor intervals, and to transcribe basic rhythmic patterns.

  1. Students will be able to identify all major and minor intervals.
  2. Students will learn the 12 major scales.
  3. Students will be able to apply the fundamentals of music notation.
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate basic vocal production and breath support.
  5. Students will be able to apply solfege to all scales.
  6. Students will be able to transcribe simple rhythmic patterns.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment will be based on class participation, assignments, exams, and attendance.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Ear Training

  1. Identification of all major and minor intervals
  2. Transcription of simple rhythmic patterns
  3. Fundamentals of music notation


  1. Fundamentals of rhythmic principles
  2. Simple meters
  3. Conducting: 4/4,3/4,2/2,2/4


Sight Singing

  1. Application of solfege syllables to the major scale and music examples
  2. Chapters 1-2 covered (Music for Sight Singing, 3rd Edition, Benjamin/Horvit/Nelson)


Vocal Production

  1. Connection to and usage of breath support
  2. Vocal warm up exercises

Competencies and Skills

  1. Ability to identify aurally all major and minor intervals
  2. Ability to transcribe simple rhythmic patterns
  3. Ability to sing solfege syllables in simple melodies
  4. Ability to sing simple rhythmic patterns
  5. Ability to sing with proper breath support