Ear Training Courses

ET-111

2 credit(s)
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

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.

 

ET-112

2 credit(s)
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

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.

 

ET-123

2 credit(s)
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

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.

ET-211

2 credit(s)
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

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.

ET-212

2 credit(s)
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

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

ET-223

2 credit(s)
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

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.

ET-224

2 credit(s)
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

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.

ET-231

2 credit(s)
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

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.

 

ET-232

2 credit(s)
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

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.

 

ET-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-112
Department: EAR
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ET-331

2 credit(s)
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

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.

ET-332

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-331
Department: EAR
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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