Sight Singing and Ear Training IV Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MUSI-2117-001 Sight Singing and Ear Training IV


Corequisite: MUSI 2312

Course Description

Singing advanced tonal music and introduction of modal and post-tonal melodies. Aural study including dictation of advanced rhythm, melody, and harmony.

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(1 sem hr; 1 lec, 2 lab)

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On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Horvit, Koozin, and Nelson:  Music for Ear Training, spiral-bound with premium access card. Cengage, 4th edition.

Rogers and Ottman:  Music for Sight-Singing, student edition. Pearson, 10th edition.

Additional materials will be provided in class.



1. Manuscript paper

2. Pencils

3. Textbooks

4.  Metronome (must be an independent device ... phone app not acceptable)

5. Additional handouts provided in class

Student Performance


Must pass "Elementary Ear Training" with a C or better, or by consent of the music theory department.


The goal of this course is improve aural and notation skills in the areas of harmonic dictation, melodic dictation and sight singing with chromaticism, and rhythmic dictation in advanced simple and compound meters. Skills will be developed through singing, playing on piano, and notating examples.

After completion of the semester, the student will:

1. Identify and notate bass and soprano lines of 4-part dictations and provide harmonic analysis.  

2. Sing and play on piano at sight 6-12 bar melodies that contain common diatonic and rhythmic structures.

3. Sing, play, and notate a melodic line of 6-12 bar length after 5 hearings.

4. Clap and notate rhythmic dictations of 6-12 bar length after 5 hearings.

5. Use music theory software in the music lab to enhance learning.

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

1.  Attend all classes

2.  Practice concepts outside of class

3.  Form learning groups with classmates and other students who have taken the class.

4. Use the computer software available and online resources to practice

Grading Criteria

1. You will have a syllabus quiz at the start of term, worth 25 points.

2. You will have 3 major exams throughout the semester, each worth 100 points (50 points written portion and 50 points sight singing).

3. You will have a final examination ("Exam 4") worth 100 points (written and sight singing portions combined) during finals week.

4. You will also have frequent homework assignments and quizzes, graded on the basis of completion and apparent effort, to help you develop skill and practice for exams.  This work will be encompassed in your "Class Participation" grade, also worth 100 points.

   NOTE:  You may be required to use the music lab to practice specific assignments.

5.  Attendance in this class is critical from a skills-building perspective.  Therefore, every unexcused absence will cause your final grade to be reduced by 1/3 of a letter grade.  An absence is only "excused" under the following conditions:

   -  Instructor has been notified in writing by email or text message in advance of the class in question and has acknowledged receipt of the message and granted permission for the absence.

   -  The student had a medical, family, or other unforeseen emergency preventing attendance, and this was confirmed in writing with appropriate documentation (doctor's note, car repair invoice, etc.).

   -  In all cases, the student is responsible for ascertaining any assignments missed and for submitting any missed work within one week of return to class.

6.  Every tardy will be considered 1/3 of an unexcused absence.  Make a habit of arriving early to class, and you will thank yourself.

Final Grade is based on the following scale:

A= 90-100%

B= 80-89%

C= 70-79%

D= 60-69%

F= Below 60%


Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class.   Students are required to contact the professor when they miss a class, and are responsible for the material covered in class.


Generally, Thursdays will focus on will focus on listening and dictation, whereas Tuesdays will focus on sight-singing and reading at the piano.

Jan 18 / 20  -  Syllabus, Ear-Training readiness assessments, Review

Jan 25 / 27  -  TBD  |  TBD

Feb 1  -  TBD

Feb 2  -  CENSUS DAY (Sophomore Ear-Training readiness assessments due ahead)

Feb 3  -  TBD 

Feb 8 / 10  -  Review  |  EXAM 1

Feb 15 / 17  -  TBD  |  TBD

Feb 22 / 24  -  TBD  |  TBD

Mar 1 / 3  -  TBD  |  TBD

Mar 8 / 10  -  Review  |  EXAM 2

Mar 14 - 18  -  NO CLASS (Spring break)

Mar 22 / 24  -  TBD  |  TBD

Mar 29 / 31  -  TBD  |  TBD

Apr 5 / 7  -  TBD  |  TBD

Apr 12 / 14  -  Review  |  EXAM 3

Apr 19 / 21  -  TBD  |  TBD

Apr 26 / 28  -  TBD  |  TBD

May 3 / 5  -  Final Review (early Final Exam??)

May 12  -  FINAL EXAM from 9:00-11:00am (subject to change)

This course outline is a rough estimate for the material in this semester’s course.  The Instructor reserves the right to alter this course outline in order to best facilitate the course.

Additional Information

Software programs for ear training are available in the music lab, as well as online.   Students are encouraged to seek additional sources to practice ear training concepts.


Students are required to satisfactorily complete all sophomore theory / ear readiness assessments PRIOR TO the census date for the corresponding class.  A student will not be required to re-take an assessment passed for a previous class (e.g. Level III classes).  A student may be asked to withdraw from class if satisfactory demonstration of fundamental skills is not demonstrated by the deadline listed above.  Each student is responsible to arrange alternate testing times with the instructor if assessments are not passed in class.


MUSIC THEORY TUTORING POLICY for sophomore theory and ear training classes: 

Tutoring is available to all music students and recommended for consistent use throughout each week for assignment preparation and review of materials.  Any student who fails to adequately complete 2 or more homework assignments by the stated due date, scores below a 50% on a quiz, or scores below an 80% on a unit test or midterm exam, will be required to attend a minimum of 1 hour of tutoring per week for the remainder of the term (2 hours weekly recommended).  Any student who does not demonstrate fulfillment of this course requirement (or equivalent, as determined by the instructor) will not be permitted to take subsequent examinations. 


Office Hours policy:

Office hours are posted outside MB 306, or available by appointment (email

Syllabus Created on:

01/17/22 11:19 AM

Last Edited on:

01/17/22 1:00 PM