Ear Training Courses

Ear Training 1

Course Number
ET-111
Credits
2
Course Chair
Allan Chase
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
All
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
None
Department
EAR
Location
Boston Campus
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Description

Students develop basic ear training skills through performance and dictation. They study melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in major keys, as well as basic rhythms in the most common meters.

 

Ear Training 2

Course Number
ET-112
Credits
2
Course Chair
Allan Chase
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
All
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
ET-111
Department
EAR
Location
Boston Campus
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Description

Students further develop basic ear training skills through performance and dictation and study melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in minor keys, as well as more advanced rhythms, meters, conducting patterns, and notation.

 

Ear Training 2 for Entering Students

Course Number
ET-123
Credits
2
Course Chair
Allan Chase
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
First-semester students who place into this level based on their Ear Training ESPA score or chair recommendation
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
Ear Training ESPA score of 14-16 or chair approval
Department
EAR
Location
Boston Campus
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Description

Ear Training 2 – Entering is an advanced placement course that covers the content of Ear Training 1 and Ear Training 2 in one semester. Upon successful completion of the course with a passing grade, students receive credit for both Ear Training 1 and Ear Training 2. Students develop basic ear training skills through performance and dictation; learn to read, perform, recognize, and notate melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfège in major and minor keys; and study rhythms, meters, conducting patterns, and rhythmic notation.

Ear Training 3

Course Number
ET-211
Credits
2
Course Chair
Allan Chase
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
All students not taking ET-231
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
ET-112
Department
EAR
Location
Boston Campus
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Description

Development of ear training skills through performance and dictation. Study of melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfege in Lydian, Mixolydian, Dorian, and Phrygian modes, mixed modes, and harmonic and melodic minor. Continued study of rhythms, meters, conducting patterns, and notation.

Ear Training 4

Course Number
ET-212
Credits
2
Course Chair
Allan Chase
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
All students not taking ET-232
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
ET-211
Department
EAR
Location
Boston Campus
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Description

Continuation of ET-211. Modal singing and dictation studies. Interval studies, two- and three-part dictation. Basic atonal melodic studies.

Ear Training 3 for Entering Students

Course Number
ET-223
Credits
2
Course Chair
Allan Chase (Ear Training)
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
First-semester students who place into this level based on their Ear Training ESPA score or chair recommendation
Electable By
None
Prerequisites
Ear Training ESPA score of 17-19 or chair approval
Department
EAR
Location
Boston Campus
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Description

Ear Training 3 for Advanced Placed Entering Students covers the content of Ear Training 1, Ear Training 2, and Ear Training 3 in one semester. On successful completion of the course with a passing grade, you will receive credit for Ear Training 1, 2, and 3. Students develop ear training skills through performance and dictation; learn to read, perform, recognize, and notate melodies, intervals, harmony, and solfège in major and minor keys, including melodic and harmonic minor, and in the Lydian, Mixolydian, Dorian, and Phrygian modes, and mixed modes; and study rhythms, meters, conducting patterns, and rhythmic notation.

Ear Training 4 for Entering Students

Course Number
ET-224
Credits
2
Course Chair
Allan Chase
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
First-semester students who place into this level based on their Ear Training ESPA score or chair recommendation
Electable By
None
Prerequisites
Ear Training ESPA score of 20-22 or chair approval
Department
EAR
Location
Boston Campus
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Description

Ear Training 4 for Advanced Placed Entering Students is an accelerated course that covers the content of Ear Training 1, 2, 3, and 4 in one semester. On successful completion of the course with a passing grade, you will receive credit for all four courses. Students will pursue advanced study of ear training skills through performance and recognition activities. The moveable-do solfege system will be introduced and applied to the study of major, minor, and modal music. Chromatic functions and syllables are presented through core melodic motives, forming the basis of melodic reading, melodic dictation. Students learn to recognize non-diatonic harmonic progressions using tensions, secondary and substitute dominants, and modulation. Students learn advanced rhythmic concepts through performance and transcription, using conducting patterns and common music notation.

Solfege 1

Course Number
ET-231
Credits
2
Course Chair
Allan Chase
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
All students not taking ET-211
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
ET-112
Department
EAR
Location
Boston Campus
Description

This course develops students' sight-singing skills using the traditional movable "do" method through drills in rhythm, interval, and pitch, as well as singing exercises in major keys through four sharps and four flats in G and F clefs. This course includes some studies in minor keys, harmonic studies, part singing, and contrapuntal and harmonic dictation.

 

Solfege 2

Course Number
ET-232
Credits
2
Course Chair
Allan Chase
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
All students not taking ET-212
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
ET-231
Department
EAR
Location
Boston Campus
Description

Students continue their study of sight-singing and harmonic studies in all major and minor keys, as well as C clef drills and rhythm patterns of increased complexity.

 

World Music Ear Training

Course Number
ET-321
Credits
2
Course Chair
Allan Chase
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
ET-112
Department
EAR
Location
Boston Campus
Description
This course focuses on a variety of rhythmic patterns, percussive ostinatos, and melodic repertoire from around the world, with an emphasis on African, Caribbean, and South American traditional and popular music, as well as South Indian classical, Balkan, and Middle Eastern genres. In-class activity includes vocalization and rhythmic externalization exercises based on particular musical examples, general listening and aural analysis, and transcription of selected elements of a musical texture. Students examine music from the perspective of musical cognition, including the potential impact of cultural background on the formation of one's mental representation and the analysis of ambiguous musical structures. Homework assignments entail full or partial transcriptions of rhythmic and melodic elements, as well as exercises involving melodic solfege and rhythmic recitation designed to enhance a student's internal sense of time, pitch, and physical independence through singing or speaking of melody and rhythm in the context of its underlying essential metrical structure.

Harmonic Ear Training 1

Course Number
ET-331
Credits
2
Course Chair
Allan Chase
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
HR-112 and ET-112
Department
EAR
Location
Boston Campus
Description

This course will work within the limited scope of progressions including simple root position diatonic harmony, inversions, secondary and extended dominants, II-V patterns, and passing diminished chords. Chord voicings containing one tension will also be covered. This course will include several activiites that address application to real music situations.

Harmonic Ear Training 2

Course Number
ET-332
Credits
2
Course Chair
Allan Chase
Semesters Offered
Fall, Spring, Summer
Required Of
None
Electable By
All
Prerequisites
ET-331
Department
EAR
Location
Boston Campus
Description

This course is a continuation of ET-331. Chord progressions will be more intermediate to complex in nature. The concepts of modal interchange harmony, substitute dominants, and modulation will be introduced. Voicings containing multiple tensions and upper structure triads will also be covered. More extensive transcription work of real music will be incorporated.