Ear Training I


COURSE MUSI 171X
TIME/LOCATION 12:30 PM to 1:25 PM, TTH Fall Semester/Steinman 214
INSTRUCTOR Pandel Collaros
OFFICE 211 Steinman
HOURS by appointment
PHONES 304-829-7331
E-MAIL pcollaros@bethanywv.edu
WEB PAGE http://home.comcast.net/~collaros623/171X.htm
REQUIRED
   MATERIALS
Blombach, Ann K. MacGAMUT, latest edition. Columbus, OH: MacGAMUT Music Software, Inc.
http://home.comcast.net/~collaros623/melodia.pdf
DESCRIPTION MUSI 171X is the first semester of an integrated two year ear training sequence. This course develops critical listening skills through dictation, sight singing, conducting, and aural analysis.† MUSI 171X is coordinated with MUSI 171 and will parallel the concepts presented there as much as possible.
ATTENDANCE POLICY
Attendance is highly recommended. Much of the course material is presented in class and may not be found in the text or materials outside the class. Quizzes and exams missed for whatever reason may not be made up. The instructor is the sole arbiter of whether an absence is excused or unexcused; the instructor will make such a determination in a fair and objective way on an ad hoc basis. For quizzes and exams missed because of such excused absence, no grade will be entered. For quizzes and exams missed because of an unexcused absence, the grade will be a 0 for the missed assignment(s). The characterization of an absence as excused or unexcused is irrelevant for grading in this course. Theoretically, one may have legitimate reasons to miss every meeting. Nevertheless, attendance is highly recommended. My position is that if one misses multiple meetings for any reason, then
    • that student is not adequately prepared to take the class during that semester and/or
    • that one should not take the class during that semester in which absences are likely and/or
    • that one should withdraw from the class in the event that absenteeism develops for whatever
      reason(s).
It is also my position that being late for a class will be assessed as an absence.
ASSESSABLE LEARNING
   GOALS

Singing quizzes and exams will assess the student's success in mastering sight-singing with moveable-do solfege syllables.  Mastering sight-singing with moveable-do solfege syllables includes the simultaneous vocal production of accurate pitch and rhythm, and basic and accurate conducting with the right arm and hand.  Completion of MacGAMUT exercises at a passing level in a timely fashion and submitting of relevant .mgs files as email attachments to me in a timely fashion will be the measure of the student's dictation proficiency component of the course.  
ASSIGNMENTS POLICY
If two or more singing quizzes and/or exams are missed for whatever reason, it is highly recommend that the student meet with the instructor to discuss withdrawal from the course. 
OBJECTIVES
The student is expected to be able to sight-sing melodies of a difficulty appropriate to this course, in the fashion described under "assessable learning goals" above. The student is also expected to be able to perform dictation tasks at all levels of difficulty reflected by the prescribed MacGAMUT assignments.
PREREQUISITE
Permission of instructor
GRADING
25%      Quizzes
25%      Exams
50%      MacGAMUT--DUE WEEKLY

Final grades for MUSI 171 and 171X grades are combined into one grade that is reported by the registrar. The final grade for MUSI 171 is figured as 75% of the overall final grade; the final grade for MUSI 171X, 25.%

SCALE
A
A-
B+
B
 =     93-100
 =     90-92
 =     87-89
 =     83-86
B-
C+
C
C-
=     80-82
=     77-79
=     73-76
=     70-72
D+
D
D-
F
=     67-69
=     63-66
=     60-62
=     00-59

Everyone is expected to have a working email address and to check it daily.
FURTHER
   POLICIES







All electronic devices are to be turned off and kept out of sight while in the classroom or you will be asked to leave.
No final grades will be given out to anyone including graduating/comping seniors. You will get grades from the registrar. This is irrevocable and without exception. Don't even ask.
Before I will consider providing a reference or recommendation, you
    1. Must always address me as Professor Collaros
    2. Must have taken at least two classes with me, one of which must be an academic,
    3. Must have received an A or B in all courses taken with me, and
    4. Waive right to see said reference or recommendation.

In compliance with the Bethany College policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for students with disabilities. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made during the first three weeks of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made.
Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Bethany College Policy on Academic Honesty (see College Catalogue section on Academic Honesty). Incidents of academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade for the relevant graded activity.
At the discretion of the instructor, grades may be lowered or raised according to classroom demeanor.
The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus at any time.

Ear Training I-Tentative Outline

COMPUTER EXERCISES ARE DUE EVERY WEEK BY 12:00 AM SUNDAY OF THE SUBSEQUENT WEEK
WEEK 1:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
INSTALL 171XPresets.mgp
Computer Exercise: Intervals--melodic ascending, 3 choices; Rhythm--patterns 1, simple meter
WEEK 2:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Intervals--melodic, 4 choices; Scales--M/m ascending, notate accs
WEEK 3:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Melodic dictation--major, simple, 1 skip; Intervals--melodic, 6 choices
WEEK 4:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Melodic Dictation--V skips, anacrusis; Scales--M/m asc., desc., notate accs
Singing Quiz 1 (melodies through Week 3)
WEEK 5:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Intervals--melodic, all choices listed; Chords--triads root position
WEEK 6:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Intervals--harmonic, 3 choices; Melodic dictation larger I and V skips
Singing Exam 1 (melodies through Week 5 and sight)
WEEK 7:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Intervals--harmonic, 4 choices; Rhythm--patterns 2, simple w/rests
WEEK 8:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Melodic dictation--cut time, IV skips, 6ths in I, V
WEEK 9:
PPractice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Intervals--melodic, all choices
Singing Quiz 2 (melodies through Week 8)
WEEK 10:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Chords--triads root, 1st; Rhythm--exercises on patterns 1-2
WEEK 11:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Chords--triads all positions; Rhythm--patterns 3, compound meter
Singing Exam 2 (melodies through Week 10 and sight)
WEEK 12:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Chords--7ths mm/Mm/MM, root; Harmonic dictation--major (2 primary chords)
WEEK 13:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Melodic dictation--Larger IV skips, secondary skips; Harmonic dictation--Major (2 chords)
WEEK 14:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Computer Exercise: Harmonic dictation--Minor (2 primary chords) and Minor (2 chords)
WEEK 15:
Practice "ta"-ing and conducting exercises from free “Melodia” pdf tbd
Singing Quiz 3 (melodies through Week 15)