8:30 AM - 9:20 AM TTR
MUSC 1601 Elementary Sight Singing and Ear Training I
Course Number: MUSC 1601 Elementary Sight Singing and Ear Training I
Section Number: 201
Location: FA C117 A
Class Time: TTR 8:30-9:20 AM
Instructor: Dr. Tim Justus FA C117F
MUSC 1601 Elementary Ear Training and Sight Singing I is foundational course in music. Concentration is on the recognition and execution of intervals, scales, triads and sevenths, execution of rhythm and melodic and rhythmic dictation. A significant amount of time will be spent on developing practice techniques applicable to continued study.
Robert W. Ottman. Music for Sight Singing.
Additional material as provided by instructor
Music manuscript paper, pencil, eraser
30% Class work and homework, class participation
Techniques and concepts will be learned in class, accompanied by a degree of practice. Significant practice is expected out of class. With the exception of individual test taking, most material will be covered, performed and graded in class. Absence from class results in missed class assignment grades.
Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. Quizzes may not be made up.
ET/SS Tests will be timed. During the course of a test, there will be multiple items to execute in a given time frame. You will have only the allotted time to complete all the items. Make up exams will be given only with a doctor's excuse or documented family emergency. Advance notice is required if you plan to miss an exam and take a makeup.
Sight Singing Rubric
pitches and solfege
More than half of
pitches or syllables
Several (4 or more)
No more than
No incorrect pitches
consistent with marking
Half or more
Tempo not consistent
with marking or steady
inconsistent with marking
steady and consistent with marking
No incorrect rhythms/Steady tempos
consistent with markings
Three or more
Two or more
No more than one
No apparent coordination between singing and conducting
Conducting Patterns correct and coordinated with singing
*(Start-overs are a breakdown or delay in the ability to sing to the degree that no recovery of pitch or rhythm is possible without starting over.)
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Attendance is the one of the most important aspects of the course. Understanding the concepts requires practice and participation in all class activities. Irregular attendance will result in loss of work, missed tests, missed quizzes, etc. Attendance will count 10% of the total grade. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class.
Absences will have consequences.
Excused absences include:
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