Ear Training Courses

Performance Ear Training for Percussion 1

PFET-370

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; Approved specified elective for drum set, hand percussion, and total percussion principal PERF majors
Electable by: Drum set, hand percussion, and total percussion principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 3444 and ET-112
Department Code: EAR

Ear training with an emphasis on practical performance experience. Recognizing pitch, rhythm, harmony, and timbre by ear and responding on the student's instrument in class. Some dictation. Some nonsyllabic sight-singing.

Performance Ear Training for Percussion 2

PFET-371

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; Approved specified elective for drum set, hand percussion, and total percussion principal PERF majors
Electable by: Drum set, hand percussion, and total percussion principals
Prerequisites: PFET-370
Department Code: EAR

Continuation of PFET-370.

Performance Ear Training for Voice 1

PFET-373

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None; Approved specified elective for voice principal PERF majors
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 4434 and ET-112
Department Code: EAR

Ear training with an emphasis on practical performance experience. Recognizing pitch, rhythm, harmony, and timbre by ear. Emphasis on sight-reading. Some dictation. Some nonsyllabic sight-reading.

Performance Ear Training for Voice 2

PFET-374

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None; Approved specified elective for voice principal PERF majors
Electable by: Voice principals
Prerequisites: PFET-373
Department Code: EAR

Continuation of PFET-373.

Performance Ear Training for Bass 1

PFET-376

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; Approved specified elective for bass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 3444 and ET-112
Department Code: EAR

Ear training with an emphasis on practical performance experience. Recognizing pitch, rhythm, harmony, and timbre by ear and responding on the student's instrument. Some nonsyllabic sight-singing.

Performance Ear Training for Bass 2

PFET-377

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; Approved specified elective for bass principal PERF majors
Electable by: Bass principals
Prerequisites: PFET-376
Department Code: EAR

Continuation of PFET-376.

Advanced Rhythmic Techniques for Performers

PFET-P211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Department Code: EAR

A lab workshop specially designed to improve performers' understanding and mastery of different rhythmic concepts and their application on their instrument into various musical contexts. The students will learn percussion and speaking rhythms, which they will later apply on their own instrument. The course material will be based on different rhythmic approaches based on techniques applied in different cultures around the world, including: African, Indian, and Latin rhythmic systems and vocabulary. The workshop environment will be used to give the students practical examples of rhythmic concepts using prepared literature, specific compositions, audio tracks, and video material. They will practice performing these rhythms both individually and as a group.

Ensemble Ear Training for Performance

PFET-P351

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 3444 and ET-112
Department Code: EAR

Being able to quickly learn music by ear and retain it, to accurately play or sing what you are hearing in your head, and to recognize and respond to what others play in real time are among the most important performance skills for contemporary musicians. Using call-and-response techniques in an ensemble-like setting, instrumentalists and vocalists will build their ear skills, connecting ear training to realistic performance situations on their instrument and developing greater acuracy of hearing and musical memory. Material includes melodies, harmony and counterpoint parts, and bass lines in a variety of styles.

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