MUS-141: Aural Music Skills 1

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Aural Music Skills 1
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
32.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Read Music
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the singing and transcribing of simple melodies, as well as fundamental conducting techniques for the development of rhythmic skills. Recommended for all instrumental and vocal musicians. Strongly recommended to be taken in conjunction with MUS 138, Music Theory 1.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

The purpose of this course is to develop individual musicianship and therefore promote musicianship as a worthy objective, and to allow the student to realize an honest musical self-appraisal and then an intelligent determination to continue his or her involvement with music on a vocational or avocational basis

Core Course Topics
  1. Basic orientation including:

    Lines and spaces, Key signatures, Notes: names and values, Time signatures, Solfeggio names and applications

  2. Implementing sight reading to include:

    Classroom reading as a whole, Individual solo and ensemble participation, Regular practice habits to accelerate success

  3. Material to include:

    A range of melodies: simple to complex, Major Scales, Minor Scales: natural, harmonic, and melodic, All intervals: simple to complex, Solo, duet and small ensemble singing, Rhythmic organization: simple to complex

Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Perform the major and minor (natural, harmonic, and melodic) scales and tonic dominant seventh-tonic arpeggios utilizing solfeggio
Perform melodies (level 1) utilizing solfeggio, melodic numbers, rhythmic numbers, note names, and neutral syllable
Perform duets (level 1) utilizing solfeggio, rhythmic numbers, and neutral syllable
Identify time classification of recorded examples of compositions (level 1)
Transcribe simple melodies in major keys*
Conduct in duple, triple and quadruple (simple and compound) meters

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Class Participation
  • Singing quizzes
  • Dictation Quizzes
  • Computer exercises

A New Approach to Sight Singing, by Berkowitz, et al. W.W. Norton Publishers


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2015
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2015