AURAL SKILLS IV COURSE OUTLINE
 
Instructor:  Dr. Vicky V. Johnson
Office 122; Office hours are posted on the door
Email:  vjohnson@tarleton.edu  Phone: Ext. 9238
 
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The purpose of practice is to automate certain functions so that higher level thinking skills can be focused.

Developing aural skills will require continuous practice and drill throughout the semester.  Because class lab meets only twice a week, it will not provide you with all the practice you need, simply the specific goals to accomplish during each week.  Thus, you must practice on your own or with others in the class right from the start of the semester.

 

 

Week 1

Jan 11 - 15

 

 

 

Link to Course Outline

On the top of this page, File - Send - Shortcut to desktop

 

Due Thurs

Bring a copy of the complete Solfege Daily Routine to lab

  
  

 

Week 2

Jan 18 - 22

Instructions for 1st time use of Aurelia software:

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In the "login" screen, enter your TSU login data

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Use your real name (in the order of Lastname, Firstname) as log-in

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Enter your student ID # as your password

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Choose "Aural Skills IV" as your class

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Click "Start"

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When choosing tests, choose Johnson Aural Skills IV Computer Lab tests

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Then follow the directions given for the individual Computer Lab assignments

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Your results can be viewed by clicking on the File menu at the top of the page and choosing "Check your results".  Be sure to choose the topic you were working on.  This is the information I will have on my report.

 

Note:  Computer lab assignments must be completed by 5pm on assigned day to receive full credit.  You may complete these assignments ahead of time, if you wish.

Week 3

Jan 25 - 29

Friday Computer Lab Assignment #1
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Interval recognition (Level 11): all intervals played harmonically (25 questions)

 

 

Week 4

Feb 1 - 5

Ear-Training Exam #1

Exam consists of six items:

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1 melodic dictation from Benward M15A (with chromatics)

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2 melodic sequences from M10A

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6 harmonic intervals (any interval possible), like M11D

  Click here for some online drill on all intervals;  also 2-Note practice  2-Note Game

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5 seventh chords to identify (MM, Mm, mm, dd and dm only  Click here for some online drill of these 7th chords

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3 4-chord progressions, like Benward H13A and H13B  (secondary dominants and leading tones of V and ii)

Click here for online drill on harmonic progressions. (The answers are given, so you will need to cover up part of your screen!)

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A rhythm pattern with triplet subdivision from R10A

 

Sight-singing Exam #1

Exam consists of two items:

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Sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" using solfege syllables (memorized)

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An at-sight melody from sources unknown to you but similar to Ottman, Chapter 15.  This melody will contain a few leaps, and chromatic neighbor or passing tones.

Grading on SS Quizzes on each exam will be as follows:

-3 points for each incorrect pitch

-2 points for each incorrect rhythm

-1 point for each incorrect syllable

-1 point for each incorrect handsign

 

Friday Computer Lab Assignment #2
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Chord recognition (Custom): MM, Mm, mm, dd, dm, played melodically (25 questions)

 

Week 5

Feb 8 - 12

Friday Computer Lab Assignment #3

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Chord recognition (Custom):  MM, Mm, mm, dd, dm with inversions played melodically (15 questions)

Week 6

Feb 15 - 19

Friday Computer Lab Assignment #4
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Harmonic progressions (Level 4): includes N6 (2 questions)

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Harmonic progressions (Level 5): includes It6 (2 questions)

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Harmonic progressions (Level 6):  includes Fr6 (2 questions)

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Harmonic progressions (Level 7):  includes Gr6 (2 questions)

Week 7

Feb 22 - 26

Friday Computer Lab Assignment #5
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Harmonic progressions (Level 8):  includes any augmented 6th chord (5 questions)

 

Week 8    Feb 29-Mar 4

Ear-Training Exam #2

Exam consists of five items:

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1 melodic dictation with modulation to a closely related key, from Benward M11A

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Identifying the correct sonority from 4 series of triads and seventh chords

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5 seventh chords in inversions (selected from MM, mm, Mm, dd, dm)  Click here for online drill of these 7th chords (turn inversions on)

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3 4-chord progressions containing French and German  augmented sixth chords and/or Neapolitan sixth chords from H16A and H16B

Click here for online drill of chord progressions (scroll down and there are progressions in each ear-training exam on the page; the answers are given, so you will need to cover that part of the screen!)

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A rhythm pattern with eighth-beat values, from R12A

 

Sight-singing Exam #2

Exam consists of two items:

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Solfege Daily Routine #7 (memorized).

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An at-sight melody from sources unknown to you but similar to Ottman, Chapters 16.  This melody will contain a few chromatic neighbor or passing tones and a modulation to and from a closely related key.

 

 

  SPRING BREAK 

Week 9

Mar 14 - 18

Friday Computer Lab Assignment #6

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Interval recognition (Level 7):  All intervals played melodically (25 questions)

 

Week 10

Mar 21 - 25

Friday Computer Lab Assignment #7
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Chord recognition (Level 6)  Major and minor triads, dominant 7th chords; all inversions; block chords (15 questions)

 

Week 11

Mar 28 - Apr 1

Friday Computer Lab Assignment #8
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Chord recognition (Level 9):  Major and minor triads, Mm7, MM7, mm7, dm7, dd7; all inversions; block chords (15 questions)

Week 12

Apr 4 - 8

Ear-training Exam #3

Exam consists of five items:

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Identification of 5 modes, from M14C    Scale Ear Trainer

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4 sets of 2 intervals in succession, from M12D   Click here for drill on this skill.      Games          3Note Game

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Identifying the correct sonority from 4 series of triads and seventh chords in all positions  Chord Ear Trainer   Be sure to turn Inversions "ON"

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2 aural analyses involving binary, rounded binary, and ternary form, like M12C and M13C   Form Demo I   Form Demo 2

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A rhythm pattern involving subtriplets in either simple or compound meters, from R14A

 

Sight-singing Exam #3

Exam consists of two items:

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An at-sight melody in one of the church modes, similar to Ottman, Chapter 20:  #18.26-33, 19.5, 19.9, 19.15.

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Solfege Daily Routine #9 (memorized).

 

Friday Computer Lab Assignment #9

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Rhythm dictation (Level 8):  2 bars in 6/8 or 4/4 time (3 questions)

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Melodic dictation (Level 7):  2 bars in 6/8 or 4/4 time (2 questions)

 

Week 13

Apr 11 - 15

Friday Computer Lab Assignment #10

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Rhythm dictation (Level 9):  2 bars in 6/8 or 4/4 time (3 questions)

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Melodic dictation (Level 8):  2 bars in 6/8 or 4/4 time (2 questions)

      

Week 14

Apr 18 - 22

 

Week 15

Apr 25 - 27

Ear-Training Exam #4

This is optional and will replace your lowest ear-training grade.

 

 It will consist of six items, similar to material from the three previous quizzes:

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1 melodic dictation from Benward M15A (with chromatics)                                                                                               

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Identification of 4 modes, from M14C      Scale Ear Trainer

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6 harmonic intervals, like M11D    Inverval drill

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Identifying the correct sonority from 4 series of triads and seventh chords   Chord Ear Trainer

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3 4-chord progressions containing French and German augmented sixth chords and/or Neapolitan sixth chords from H16A and H16B

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A rhythm pattern with subtriplets, like R14A      

 

Sight-singing Exam #4
This is optional and will replace your lowest sight-singing grade.
 

The exam will consist of two items

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An at-sight melody containing chromatic tones.

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An at-sight melody in one of the church modes.

  

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