Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MUC 120A
Course Title:
Sight Singing and Ear Training I
Credit Hours:
1
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
20
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
$6.00

Course Description

Introduces the skills needed to sing notation at sight and to identify and notate aural examples. Includes meter, rhythm, intervals, the major scale, solfeggio and simple diatonic melodies. This is the first course in a three-course sequence. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Recognize, notate and sing at sight rhythmic examples in both simple and compound meters.
  • Aurally identify and sing major diatonic intervals (M2-P8) using solfeggio.
  • Sing at sight major scale simple diatonic melodies using solfeggio.
  • Notate major diatonic intervals (M2-P8) and all major scale key signatures in the treble and bass clefs.
  • Demonstrate proper conducting patterns while singing exercises and melodies.
  • Demonstrate proper breathing technique for support and concentration when singing exercises and melodies.

Course Activities and Design

Material will be presented in a lecture/lab format. Other educational methods will be used to enhance lectures. Includes the textbook Sightsinging: The Complete Method for Singers, music examples, and internet sites.

  • In-class written and aural exercises
  • In-class singing exercises and melodies
  • Breathing exercises for breath support and concentration
  • Homework assignments (chapters from the book, listening)
  • Dictation examinations
  • Singing examinations
  • Class participation, small group work, and discussion
  • Providing constructive critique and feedback to in-class participation

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Class participation (group work and discussion)
  • Assignments
  • Exams
  • Attendance

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Notation in treble and bass clefs
  • Rhythm notation in Simple and Compound Meters
  • The Major Scale
  • Moveable DO
  • Major Scale Solfeggio
  • Diatonic Intervals (ascending and descending)
  • Mnemonic devices for interval recognition
  • Conducting (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 2/2)
  • Major scale melodies
  • Breath Support, Relaxation, and Concentration
  • Final Exams