MUSI 2116


Deanna Erxleben   254/968-9245

For week by week description of requirements, assignments, and exams, refer to the Course Outline at the following link:




Course Description

Singing more difficult tonal music, including melodies with any diatonic leap possible and a wider variety of rhythms. Aural study, including dictation of more complex rhythm and melody.   

Prerequisites: C or better in MUSI 1116 and MUSI 1117.



Required Text and Material

Bruce Benward and J. Timothy Kolosick, Ear Training: A Technique for Listening, (7th ed.). (Do NOT buy a used book or an eBook)

Robert W. Ottman, Music for Sight Singing (8th ed.). (This book can be used, but do not get an eBook)

Music staff paper. Go here to print staff paper with keyboard and here for various other configurations.

Notebook: it will not be graded, but a good idea to keep your staff paper and other materials

Pencil and eraser. I will not accept any assignment or test written in ink. Mechanical pencils are a good choice.

Bring these materials to every class session.




Course Activities

Practical exercises in sight-singing and ear-training

Sight-singing and ear-training exams

Individual work on computer programs





Exams in sight-singing and ear-training will be given in weeks 4, 8, and 12. One additional exam in sight-singing and ear-training will be given on the last class day. This exam is optional, but can be used to replace a missed exam or a low score. This is the only make-up exam available.






Grades will be determined according to the percentages below:

40% Ear-training exams

40% Sight-singing exams

10% Computer lab assignments

10% Class participation

Note: Music exists in time. It is important for music professionals to be able to perceive and identify musical elements quickly or they will be of little use. For this reason, proficiency in the areas of aural skills includes speed as well as understanding and assessment will include both.




Attendance Policy

Attendance is required. Absences will only be excused with proper written documentation on letterhead. This includes a note from a healthcare provider in case of illness or a form signed by a sponsor (presented in advance) in the case of a University sanctioned activity. Attendance at funerals and court appearances will also be excused with proper documentation.

Class will begin on time. Use this link to set your watch.

A student's absences will not change any deadline or assignment requirements. You are always responsible for any material you miss, so check the Course Outline and/or a fellow classmate for announcements, assignments, and requirements.




Students with Disabilities Policy

It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. If you are a student with a disability seeking accommodations for this course, please contact Trina Geye, Director of Student Disability Services, at 254.968.9400 or Student Disability Services is located in Math 201. More information can be found at or in the University Catalog.




Academic Conduct

Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person's materials or ideas as one's own), or doing work for another person who will receive academic credit are all impermissible. This includes the use of unauthorized books, notebooks, or other sources in order to secure or give help during an examination; the unauthorized copying of examinations, assignments, reports, or term papers; or the presentation of unacknowledged material as if it were the student's own work.

Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive a grade of "F" for the class. Further disciplinary action may also be taken beyond the Department of Fine Arts. This decision will be mine in consultation with the department head. Cheating is serious business and the penalties for engaging in this sort of activity will be severe. Consult the following link for further information on academic conduct as specified in your student handbook.



Classroom Policy

 No food or drink (except water) in the classroom.

Turn off your cell phones and put them out of sight - mine and yours. Text messaging is prohibited in the classroom.

Attention will be given to the lesson at hand, or you will be excused from the classroom. (In other words, no working on other homework, personal business, sleeping, etc.)

Keep your backpacks and other personal belongings out of the aisles.

Do not leave the room during class except for an emergency.  Be prepared to tell me it is an emergency.  I appreciate forewarning of possible needs to leave the room, monitor your phone, etc.

If your conduct for any reason is unacceptable, you will be asked to leave. Do not return to class until you have made an appointment to see me and the situation has been resolved.




Health and Wellness Policy

It is the Department of Fine Arts' policy to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment for students, faculty, and staff, and to accept responsibility for the health and safety of others, including visitors, who may be affected by our activities.  This policy applies to all activities and areas of the department, including performance spaces, classrooms, studios, practice rooms, faculty and staff offices, and communal areas. 


Academic Affairs Core Value Statements

Academic Integrity Statement

Tarleton State University's core values are integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence, and service.  Central to these values is integrity, which is maintaining a high standard of personal and scholarly conduct.  Academic integrity represents the choice to uphold ethical responsibility for one's learning within the academic community, regardless of audience or situation.


Academic Civility Statement

Students are expected to interact with professors and peers in a respectful manner that enhances the learning environment.  Professors may require a student who deviates from this expectation to leave the face-to-face (or virtual) classroom learning environment for that particular class session (and potentially subsequent class sessions) for a specific amount of time.  In addition, the professor might consider the university disciplinary process (for Academic Affairs/Student Life) for egregious or continued disruptive behavior.


Academic Excellence Statement

Tarleton holds high expectations for students to assume responsibility for their own individual learning.  Students are also expected to achieve academic excellence by:

  • honoring Tarleton's core values
  • upholding high standards of habit and behavior
  • maintaining excellence through class attendance and punctuality
  • preparing for active participation in all learning experiences
  • putting forth their best individual effort
  • continually improving as independent learners
  • engaging in extracurricular opportunities that encourage personal and academic growth
  • reflecting critically upon feedback and applying these lessons to meet future challenges


Academic Affairs Service Statement

Tarleton faculty, staff, and students are expected to model responsible citizenship through service activities that promote personal and academic growth while enhancing the university, local, regional, national, and global communities.  These activities will foster a culture of academic/public engagement that contributes to the achievement of the university's mission and core values.


University Policy

Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the policies and information contained in the Tarleton Student Handbook. [See Student Handbook]






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