SKILLS III - MUTH 2161 - Fall 2018
1: T-Th 9:25-10:15 AM, SUA-106E
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.)
Email Account. Check
your UALR email regularly. This is the way the university and your
professors communicate with you outside of class.
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 listening activitieswithin Blackboard.
Blackboard becomes available to enrolled students beginning at
midnight on the first day of classes.
Class Piano 2 MUAP 1164, Aural Skills I MUTH 2192, and Music Theory I MUTH 2391 with a "C"
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 Aural Skills 2, Aural Skills
3, and Aural Skills 4, so it is a good investment. Students are encouraged to buy the paper copy of the textbook so that they can write in it. If you choose to use an electronic book, make sure you have a large enough device on which to read it. Smart phones with a small screen are inadequate for seeing full phrases of musical examples, and can result in mistakes.
expected to attend class prepared, with required materials.
A notation and performance skills demonstration environment. Aural
Skills III 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
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
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 II, Aural Skills III 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.
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
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.
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. 28 (Syllabus Quiz), Sept. 4, Oct. 2.
3 sight-singing tests - average counts for 30% of semester grade
Sept. 25, Oct. 16, Nov. 13.
2 written tests - average counts for 30% of semester
Oct. 23, Dec. 11. These function as the mid-term and the final exam.
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
Sept. 6, 13; Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, Oct. 25; Nov. 8, 15, 29
Work will be evaluated for accuracy of notation, pitches, intervals,
rhythms, pitch names, solfege, or numbers (sight-singing examples), and overall
Mastery of specific levels in MacGAMUT using the presets for Aural
Skills III. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to the due dates for
assignmentsIf you have a personal computer problem, you need to make alternate arrangements to complete the homework. (Let me know if you need to use a computer in SUA-106E on a Friday.)
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
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.
A = 90-100%; B = 80-89%; C = 70-79%; D = 60-69%; F = below 60%
Required: Missing a class means missing the lesson 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, 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
will not be admitted after that time. Latecomers are disruptive
to the learning process.
will be no extra credit option. Please put any available time into
the homework, MacGAMUT and studying for quizzes and tests.
classroom is a formal learning environment, and formal conventions
should be observed. Professionalism and courtesy
are expected of all participants.
- 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
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
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/
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