Aural Skills III


  2. A. Course Title: Aural Skills III
    B. Course Number: MU 212E - 30325
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: -
    E. Credit Hours: 2
    F. Instructor: Wong, Yau-Sun
    G. Office: Watson Hall (WH) 108A
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2844
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST); 4:00:00 PM-5:45:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 10:45:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 1:00:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST); 4:00:00 PM-5:45:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 10:45:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Aural Skills II (MU 122E), College reading level, or permission of instructor
    M. Corequisite(s): Advanced Harmony I (MU 212B)
    N. Class Location:

    This course is a continuation of MU 122E. This is a two credit hour course. Co-requisite: MU 212B


    Aural Skills III is a required course for all music majors and minors. The student will learn to focus attention on the configurations, groups and characteristics of music which generate organization and continuity. It will aid the student not only in their studies, both musical and non-musical, but will improve them as future musicians.




    Music manuscript papers and pencils.
    Music For Sight-Singing, Robert W. Ottman, 6th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2004.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Daily Grades -- You will earn a grade in Sight-Singing every Monday.

    Midterm: Your sight-singing and ear-training midterm will be given on first Wednesday of October 2015.

    Final Exam: Your final sight-singing exam will be given on second Wednesday of December 2015, 4-5:45pm.

    Ear Training

    Every Wednesday you will have a ear-training quiz at the beginning of class.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Departmental student learning outcomes for this course are:
    Students will perform or create a piece of work that embodies skills and competence in their area of focus.
    Students will demonstrate the ability to use a variety of techniques to create a successful piece of work.
    Students will identify the effective reasoning and rationale behind decisions made during the production of their work.


    This advanced course is designed to improve the sight-singing and ear-training skills of music majors using drills to develop aural awareness. Advanced level of melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, and rhythmic dictation are emphasized.

    After completing this course, students will be able to notate the music they hear (ear training) and hear “in their heads” the music they see (sight singing.) The meeting of these objectives is assessed by the final examination.

    Musical Skills:
    Upon completing this course, a student will be able to sing:

    All major & minor scales and church modes.
    Any interval descending and ascending.
    Any triad type and seventh chords in all positions.
    At sight, melodies in major, minor and church modes

    Students will also be able to identify and notate upon hearing:

    Any interval.
    Diatonic melodies and chromatic melodies in major and minor keys.
    Rhythmic dictation.
    Harmonic dictation using triads and seventh chords in all position of major and minor keys.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Class Procedures:

    Your sight-singing assignment is due every Monday. You will receive a
    grade on each assignment. There will be an ear-training quiz every Wednesday. You must bring a pencil and some music manuscript papers to every class. Your weekly ear-training assignment is due every Wednesday at the beginning of class.

    Instructional Modes: This class will involve taking dictation and sight-singing every class. Outside practice of sight-singing will be necessary for you to pass this course.

    Final Exam: Your final sight-singing exam will be given on second Wednesday of December 2017, 4-5:45pm.