Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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

Course Description

Continues development of skills to sing notation at sight and to identify and notate aural examples. Includes the major and minor scales, solfeggio, triads, and simple diatonic melodies with combined rhythms. This is the second course in a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: MUC 120A or instructor approval. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Recognize, notate and sing melodic examples with combined rhythms in both simple and compound meters.
  • Aurally identify and sing major and minor diatonic intervals (m2-P8) using solfeggio.
  • Notate major intervals (m2-P8) and all major and minor key signatures in the treble and bass clefs.
  • Aurally identify, notate and sing the four qualities of triads (major, minor, diminished and augmented) using solfeggio.
  • Demonstrate proper conducting patterns while sight-singing simple major and minor diatonic 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)

  • Melodic notation in Simple and Compound Meters with combined rhythms.
  • The Major and Minor Scales
  • Major and Minor Scale Solfeggio
  • Diatonic Intervals (ascending and descending)
  • Mnemonic devices for interval recognition
  • Triads (major, minor, diminished, and augmented)
  • Conducting (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 2/2, 6/8)
  • Major and Minor Scale melodies
  • Breath Support, Relaxation, and Concentration
  • Final Exams