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AURAL SKILLS I - MUTH 2192

section 1:  T-Th 9:25-10:15 AM, SUA-106E

e-mail: LRHolzer@ualr.edu office phone: 569-8436

Office: Fine Arts 101-D; Office Hours by appointment.  It's best to talk with me after class, or contact me by email or phone to set a time for us to meet.  (Please do not interrupt piano lessons.  I teach in my office studio, and I will not halt a piano lesson to have an unscheduled meeting, because it is unfair to the piano student.)

Pre-requisites: Introduction to Music Theory or Music Fundamentals, and Class Piano 1 with a grade of "C" or better. Music Theory I, MUTH 2391 and Class Piano 2 are co–requisites. A pre-test will be given on the first day of class to verify that those enrolled have the pre-requisite basic music theory knowledge. The pre-test will be graded pass/fail. The pre-test does not count towards your semester grade, but it is an indication of the basic music theory you should already know to start this Aural Skills 1 course. Make sure you review your notes from the pre-req course to help correct any questions you miss on the pre-test.

Be aware that singing is required for this course. Singing is part of each class period, and is part of the weekly homework. The ability to accurately match pitch is essential to succeeding in the course. If you have little or no prior experience singing, talk with me after class if you'd like assistance. You will be graded on sight-singing on several quizzes during the semester.

Required Materials: Manuscript paper & pencil (NOT pen), Music for Sightsinging 9th edition by Nancy Rogers & Robert Ottman (Amazon.com, UALR Bookstore, various sources, ca. $87). MacGAMUT 6 software (buy directly, online as a download, from MacGAMUT, ca. $40). This cd-rom is cross-platform software, and may be used on either a Macintosh computer or a PC. Remember, the textbook and software are used for Aural Skills 1, and also Aural Skills 2 & 3, so it is a good investment.

You are expected to attend class prepared, with required materials.

Class Format: A notation and performance skills demonstration environment. Aural Skills is a required course for all music majors. Facility with scales and key signatures is required; a pre-test will be administered on the first day of class. Blackboard will be used throughout the semester to deliver course content, in addition to our face-to-face class meetings in SUA-106E. Please get in the habit of regularly reading the homework assignments and logging onto Blackboard at least twice per week to keep up with assignments.

Objectives: Development of inner hearing; performing in tune and in time, aural memory, the ability to maintain a steady beat and to relate rhythms to that beat. Fluency in sight-singing, melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation.

Sight-singing: using moveable "do" solfege, singing scales (major is emphasized in Aural Skills 1), triads, and simple major key diatonic melodies. There will be weekly homework in sight-singing from the textbook. Students are expected to practice the homework outside of class in addition to participating in-class.

Rhythm: patterns in simple meters: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 3/2, 3/8, 4/8 and compound meters: 6/8, 9/8, 12/8, 6/4. Be able to perform a variety of rhythmic patterns at sight while using the appropriate conducting pattern, as explained in Rogers & Ottman. There will be weekly homework in rhythmic reading. Students are expected to practice the homework outside of class in addition to participating in-class.

Dictation: notation, interval identification, triad patterns (major, minor, diminished, augmented),rhythmic patterns, melodies, scales (all forms), and common cadence formulas.

Grading: Quizzes: students will receive quiz grades based on their performance and written testing of assigned examples during selected Tuesday classes. Work will be evaluated for accuracy of notation, pitches, intervals, rhythms, pitch names, solfege, or numbers (sight-singing examples), and overall musical knowledge. There will be NO MID-TERM or FINAL EXAM. By the semester’s end each student will have the opportunity to accumulate approximately 7 quiz grades. The average will be calculated. This grade will count for 70% of the student’s semester grade in Aural Skills I.

Written Quiz Dates, mark your calendar: Feb. 13, 20; April 3; April 10

Sight-singing Quiz Dates, mark your calendar: Feb. 27, March 13, April 17

MacGAMUT Drills: MacGAMUT homework will count for 30% of the semester grade. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to the due dates for lab assignments. Assignments are due at the beginning of the class session on which the assignment is due. Late assignments will be penalized. Absence from class does not excuse late assignments (turn them in to Blackboard on time or ahead of time.)

It is very important that you plan ahead to successfully meet deadlines for all assignments. Late work turned in completed by 9:25 AM on Friday earns partial credit of "B;" late work turned in completed by 9:25 AM on Saturday earns partial credit of "C;" and work turned in later than 9:25 AM on Sunday or incomplete earns zero credit. The later the completed homework is turned in, the lower the partial credit. It's to your advantage to plan ahead and meet all deadlines.

9 MacGAMUT drills - due dates, mark your calendar:
Jan. 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 15; April 5, 19

Semester Grading Scale: A = 90-100% B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = below 60%

Attendance Required: Missing a class means missing the class activities and possibly the quiz, which will lower your grade. Make-up quizzes will only be administered in the case of an authorized excused absence. Written documentation and advance or same-day notification of absence for a medical reason, car trouble, emergency, or for a death in the family is required, NO EXCEPTIONS.

The door to the classroom will be locked 10 minutes after the start of class, and latecomers will not be admitted after that time.  Latecomers are disruptive to the learning process; please plan ahead and arrive on time.   

Academic Integrity. It is expected that students will conduct themselves honestly in their work for the course. In general, be aware that academic dishonesty includes plagiarism, cheating, collusion and/or duplicity, and all of these are punishable offenses, described on the web site for the Dean of Students. The work you turn in is expected to be your own work.

Extra Credit. There will be no extra credit option. Please put any available time into the Sight-singing and written homework, MacGAMUT drills, and studying for quizzes.

Classroom Behavior. The classroom is a formal learning environment, and formal conventions should be observed. Professionalism and courtesy
are expected of all participants.

Prohibited behavior includes:

  • No cell phones! Turn off cell phones before class. Cell phones will be confiscated if students don't observe this rule.
  • No reading newspapers or other non-class materials, and no activities that may distract, disturb or interrupt the learning environment.
  • No private conversations during class.

Students with Disabilities: Your success in this class is important to me, and it is the policy and practice of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to create inclusive learning environments consistent with federal and state law. If you have a documented disability (or need to have a disability documented), and need an accommodation, please contact me privately as soon as possible, so that we can discuss with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) how to meet your specific needs and the requirements of the course. The DRC offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process among you, your instructor(s) and the DRC. Thus, if you have a disability, please contact me and/or the DRC, at 501-569-3143 (V/TTY) or 501-683-7629 (VP). For more information, visit the DRC website at http://ualr.edu/disability/.

It is policy and practice of UALR to make all web information accessible
to students with disabilities. If you, as a student with a disability,
have difficulty accessing any part of the online course materials for
this class, please notify the instructor immediately.