Music 2117

Aural Skills IV

Instructor: Dr. Vicky V. Johnson, Rm. 122

Office hours are posted on my door


Phone: Ext.9238



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



Course Description

Part-Singing more difficult tonal music, including chromatic, modulating and melodies; and modal melodies. Continued aural study, including dictation of more complex rhythm and melodies.

Prerequisites:  Passing grades in MUSI 1116, 1117, 2116.


Required Materials

Bruce Benward and J. Timothy Kolosick, Ear Training: A Technique for Listening, (9th ed.). (do not buy a used copy or an eBook)

Robert W. Ottman, Music for Sight Singing (6th ed.).

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

Notebook or folder:  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 written in ink.  Mechanical pencils are a good choice.

Bring these materials to every class session.

You MUST have access to a computer for receiving e-mails, checking the Course Outline, receiving assignments, downloading and uploading assignments.   Computer lab assignments must be completed in the piano lab.  It is your responsibility to access these course elements as necessary.  Your failure to do so is not an excuse for late or missed assignments, or for missing course updates or other communication.


Course Activities

In-class lectures, discussions and analyses

Practical exercises in sight-singing and ear-training.

Individual work in computer lab.


Grading Will Be Based On

Classwork and computer lab assignments 30%

Sight-singing tests (3 @ 10% each) 30%

Ear-training tests (3 @ 10% each) 30%

Class participation 10%

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.

Tarleton differentiates between a failed grade in a class because a student never attended (F0 grade), stopped attending at some point in the semester (FX grade), or because the student did not pass the course (F) but attended the entire semester. These grades will be noted on the official transcript. Stopping or never attending class can result in the student having to return aid monies received.  For more information see the Tarleton Financial Aid website.


Attendance Policy

Attendance is required. Absences will only be excused with proper written documentation. 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 and advance notice.

Attendance will be documented and 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.


Classroom Policy

No food or drink in the classroom (water is an exception).

Turn off your cell phones and put them out of sight - mine and yours.  Text messaging is prohibited in the classroom.  Please see me if you have a special emergency situation requiring this type of communication.

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 you backpacks and other personal belongings out of the aisles for the sake of convenience and safety.

Do not leave the room during class except for an emergency as this disruption is almost always (except for an emergency) avoidable.

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.



There are 3 regular sight-singing and ear-training exams.  Each one of these counts 5% of the grade.  On the last class day, sight-singing and ear-training make up exams will be scheduled.  These are optional and students may take either one or both.  The make-up grade will replace the lowest corresponding grade.  If the make-up grade is lower, it will not be counted.  No other make-ups will be given.  Computer lab assignments are due on Fridays at 5pm.  Note these on your weekly schedule as there are no make-ups for these.



This course moves quickly. If you begin to experience problems, consult me right away. Do not wait until you are hopelessly behind or lost. Extra help (including tutoring) is available from several sources, but only if you ask for it. 


Academic Honesty

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 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 the TSU catalog.


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 the Center for Access and Academic Testing at 254.968.9400 or The office is located in Math 201. More information can be found at, in the University Catalog, or at


Service Learning (information only and will not be an additional requirement for this course)

In support of Tarleton's core value of service, each student is expected to participate in a service learning experience as part of the Spring term week of service.  This experience will challenge students to be engaged in the local community, address a community need, connect course objectives to the world around you, and involve structured student reflection.  In this service learning experience, you will not only enhance your knowledge and skills, but actively use those skills as you serve your community.




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