Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MUC 120C
Course Title:
Sight Singing and Ear Training III
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Course Description

Continues development of skills to sing notation at sight and to identify and notate aural examples. Includes solfeggio, seventh chords, chromatic melodies, two-part rhythmic and melodic notation, and chord progressions. This is the third course in a three-course sequence. Prerequisites: MUC 120B or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to: 

  • Recognize and notate chromatic melodic examples in both simple and compound meters.
  • Sing at sight chromatic melodies using solfeggio.
  • Aurally identify, notate and sing seventh chord qualities using solfeggio.
  • Aurally identify and notate two-part diatonic melodies and diatonic chord function.
  • 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)

  • The Chromatic Scale
  • Chromatic Scale Solfeggio
  • Mnemonic devices for interval recognition
  • Seventh Chords (major, minor, dominant, half diminished, fully diminished, and major minor)
  • Conducting (2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 2/2, 6/8, 5/4)
  • Chromatic scale melodies
  • Chord Progressions
  • Two-part rhythms
  • Two-part melodies
  • Breath Support, Relaxation, and Concentration
  • Final Exams