• MUTH 2410 Aural Skills III Summer 2013
  • Mondays through Thursdays 8:30 to 9:45 MU 289
  • Office Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 2:00 to 3:00
  • Instructor: Dr. David Bard-Schwarz
  • Office: MU 104
  • E-mail: david.schwarz@unt.edu

Coming to class regularly and punctually is very important. You will be excused from class due to illness and medical emergencies concerning you or members of your immediate family, and official UNT musical activities. Unexcused absences will lower your final grade 1/2 a letter. Two latenesses = one unexcused absence.

All of the music you will need for this class is provided below as pdf files that you may download. Click on the mp3 links and a player will appear to the right of the page. You may listen to all the pieces we will discuss this way. These files may not be downloaded. The repertory will be used as the material upon which in-class sight-singing and ear-training exercises will be based.

You must buy a folder for all of our course materials (i'd recommend 1 1/2 inches thick); for each day download and print out the pdfs for that day. Label them clearly for your own reference with the date upon which the materials will be covered. You must bring the pdfs to class on the day the material is assigned and on all future days the class meets.

pdf files from Berkowitz, Melodies for Sight-Singing will be available for each day's work. There will be individual sight singing grades taken daily. There will also be daily ear-training grades. There are no midterm and final exams for the course.

Grades will be determined as follows:

  • Sight-Singing = 50%
  • Ear-Training = 50%

Here are the criteria for sight-singing grades

  • A = clear, correct syllables; perfect intonation; perfect meter, musical dynamics, phrasing, and articulation.
  • B = basically correct but not quite perfect syllables; good but not perfect intonation; imperfect metric articulations; dynamics, phrasing, and articulation flawed.
  • C = weak syllables; intonation basically sound with some flaws; meter not maintained; dynamics, phrasing, and articulation bland.
  • D = flawed syllables; intonation only hit and miss; no sense of forward metric motion; marginal sense of dynamics, phrasing, articulation.
  • F = syllabic articulation barely present; intonation completely off; meter minimal; no sense of dynamics, phrasing, articulation.