SKILLS I - MUTH 2192
1: T-Th 9:25-10:15
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
(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.)
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 corequisites. A pre-test will be given on
the first day of class to verify that those enrolled have the pre-requisite
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
If you have
talk with me after class if you'd like assistance. You will be graded on sight-singing on several quizzes during
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
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
expected to attend class prepared, with required materials.
Format: A notation and performance skills demonstration environment.
Aural Skills is a required course for all music majors. Facility
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
onto Blackboard at least twice per week to keep up with assignments.
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
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.
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.
notation, interval identification, triad patterns (major, minor, diminished,
augmented),rhythmic patterns, melodies, scales (all forms), and common cadence formulas.
Quizzes: students will receive quiz grades based on their
and written testing of assigned examples during selected Tuesday classes. Work
will be evaluated for accuracy of notation, pitches, intervals,
pitch names, solfege, or numbers (sight-singing examples), and overall musical
knowledge. There will be NO MID-TERM or FINAL EXAM. By the semesters
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 students 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 17MacGAMUT Drills:
MacGAMUT homework will count for 30% of the
semester grade. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to the due dates for
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
It is very important that you plan ahead to successfully
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
Scale: A = 90-100% B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = below 60%
Required: Missing a class means missing the class activities and possibly
the quiz, which will lower your grade. Make-up quizzes will only
in the case of an authorized excused absence. Written documentation
and advance or same-day notification of absence for a medical
car trouble, emergency, or for a death in the family is required, NO EXCEPTIONS.
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
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
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 is a formal learning environment, and formal conventions
should be observed. Professionalism and courtesy
are expected of all participants.
cell phones! Turn off cell phones before class. Cell phones will be confiscated if students don't observe this rule.
reading newspapers or other non-class materials, and no activities
that may distract, disturb or interrupt the learning environment.
private conversations during class.
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
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.