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AURAL SKILLS II - MUTH 2193 - Fall 2017

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.)

Your UALR Email Account. Check your UALR email regularly. This is the way the university and your professors communicate with you outside of class.

Blackboard. We use Blackboard for this course. The syllabus, the homework, and assignments will be posted in Blackboard. You will turn in MacGAMUT assignments and participate in discussions within Blackboard. Blackboard becomes available to enrolled students beginning at midnight on the first day of classes.

Course Pre-requisites: Class Piano 2 MUAP 1164, Aural Skills I MUTH 2192, and Music Theory I MUTH 2391 with a "C" or better.

Required Materials: Manuscript paper & pencil (NOT pen), Music for Sightsinging 9th edition by Nancy Rogers & Robert Ottman (Amazon.com, UALR Bookstore, various sources, ca. $80). MacGAMUT 6 software (buy directly from MacGAMUT, ca. $40). This is cross-platform software, and may be used on either an Apple computer or a PC. Remember, the textbook and software are used for both Aural Skills 1, Aural Skills 2, and Aural Skills 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 II is a required course for all music majors. 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 and practicing the homework assignments and logging onto Blackboard at least twice per week to keep up with assignments.

Please note: The door to the classroom will be locked 10 minutes after the start of class, and latecomers will not be admitted after that time, because it is disruptive.

In registering for classes at the university, students accept responsibility for attending scheduled class meetings with required materials, checking the course Blackboard site weekly, completing assignments on time, and contributing to class discussion and the exploration of musical ideas. Students should budget approx. 3.5 hours per week to study for this course outside of class meetings.

OBJECTIVES: A continuation of Aural Skills I, Aural Skills II involves progressive development of sight singing, ear training and dictation skills necessary for the successful performance of tonal music. The course focuses on melodic material for sight-singing primarily from the Rogers & Ottman text, and rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation material from the instructor, the textbook, and the software program MacGAMUT.

Singing continues to be an important part of the course, and students need to be aware that singing is part of in-class work as well as weekly homework. The ability to match pitch and sing assigned musical examples accurately is required for the course, regardless of whether one's principal area of performance study is vocal or instrumental. Class Voice I (MUAP 1204) is strongly recommended for those instrumentalists who have little or no prior singing experience. Part of musicianship is the ability to accurately sing musical examples.

Utilize appropriate technology: MacGAMUT software, course web site, notation software (Finale Notepad or other equivalent software),

Sight-singing: using moveable "do" solfège for major and la-based minor, scale degree numbers, scales, triads, seventh chords, major and minor key diatonic melodies. There will be weekly homework in sight-singing. Students are expected to practice the homework outside of class in addition to participating in-class.

Rhythmic reading: 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: interval identification, scales, recognize and transcribe short rhythmic examples in a variety of meters, and tonal melodic examples in a variety of keys. Demonstrate knowledge of standard harmonic progressions such as common cadence formulas. MacGAMUT drills will improve your skills with music dictation and help you prepare for quizzes and tests.

Grading: Students will be graded on their performance and written testing in the following ways:

2 music quizzes + Syllabus quiz - average counts for 10% of semester grade Aug. 22 (Syllabus Quiz), Sept. 5, Sept. 26.

3 sight-singing tests - average counts for 30% of semester grade
Sept. 19, Oct. 10, Nov. 14.

2 written tests - average counts for 30% of semester grade
Oct. 24, Dec. 12. These function as the mid-term and the final exam.

Make-Up quizzes or tests will NOT be given without exceptional cause. Plan ahead, mark your calendar with these quiz and test dates.

9 MacGAMUT drills - average counts for 30% of semester grade
Aug. 31, Sept. 7, 21; Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 19, Oct. 26; Nov. 9, 16

Work will be evaluated for accuracy of notation, pitches, intervals, rhythms, pitch names, solfege, or numbers (sight-singing examples), and overall musical knowledge.

MacGAMUT Drills: Mastery of specific levels in MacGAMUT using the presets for Aural Skills II. 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. Failure to attend 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.

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 lesson 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, or for a death in the family is required, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Remember, 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. 

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

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.
  • No reading newspapers or other non-class materials, and no activities that may distract, disturb or interrupt the learning environment.
  • No conversations during class.

Plagiarism/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.

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/

Web accessibility Statement: It is the 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 any online course materials for this class, please notify the instructor immediately.

Weather Policy: The UALR website, UALR email, the University’s main telephone number (501-569-3000), and the campus emergency alert system are the official means of communicating all information concerning weather-related closing. Local television and radio stations will also be notified. Weather and road conditions vary from place to place. Employees and students are expected to exercise good judgment regarding the safety of travel when road conditions are affected by the weather.