Aural Skills 3
Number of course weeks
One 50-minute class per week
Total contact hours
Form / content / level
Completion of Aural Skills Jazz & Pop 2.
General: further developing the audiation of notated music.
Specific: developing the practical application of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic skills.
Relation to other modules
Related to the theory modules. This module is complemented by the performance modules Vocal Lab, Rhythm Lab and Tilt
Band. Please note this elective module is included in this module description only out of practical considerations, as its contents are closely linked to the preceding module Aural Skills 2.
Practicing the naming, notating and singing of musical fragments from the usual domains.
At-sight singing, with and without accompaniment.
Monophonic and duophonic dictation.
Singing chords and chord progressions, both in ensemble with classmates, and separately as arpeggios.
Naming chord progressions by ear and notating them as chord symbols.
Rhythm: recognizing, reproducing and notating by ear all prevalent rhythms.
Mastering and integrating increasingly difficult discrete ear training concepts.
Transcribing solos and entire pieces.
Mode(s) of instruction
Material & Tools
Materials designed by the instructors.
Examination and assessment
Mode(s) of assessment
An oral and a written exam at the end of both semesters.
Students gain proficiency in:
Singing a piece of intermediate difficulty at sight.
(Arpeggiated) singing a chord progression notated in symbols.
Notating a chord progression of intermediate difficulty in chord symbols by ear.
Recognizing, playing and notating more complex rhythms by ear.
Transcribing a piece of intermediate difficulty within a limited amount of time.
A final grade of 5.5 or higher constitutes a pass. Assessment at the end of the autumn semester is formative and expressed in terms of satisfactory/unsatisfactory. It indicates a student's progress in this module. No ECs are awarded and there is no resit. Modules can only be absolved, and ECs awarded, after the end of the spring semester.
The exam is assessed by the group instructor, possibly in collaboration with another instructor of the same module.
This module is intended to develop students' audiation of notated music over the course of 30 weekly group lessons through the practical application of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic skills.