Ear Training Courses

ET-421

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-212 or ET-232
Department Code: EAR
Location: Boston Campus

A continuation of solfege that concentrates on atonal music. Sol-fa syllables are not used. Please note that this course is recommended for students who have a high potential in nontonal intervallic solfege.

ET-422

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-421
Department Code: EAR
Location: Boston Campus

Continuation of ET-421, including the choral works of Webern.

ET-441

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-212, ET-232, or ET-351
Department Code: EAR
Location: Boston Campus

Designed to teach the student how to transcribe songs and arrangements in current popular music. Most projects are chosen by the student in his/her area of musical interest. Project presentation in class.

ET-451

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-212, ET-232, or ET-351
Department Code: EAR
Location: Boston Campus

Transcription of recorded jazz solos from various periods. Classroom analysis and discussion.

ET-P399

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-212 or ET-232
Department Code: EAR
Location: Boston Campus

Microtones---pitches from outside the Western twelve-note system---are a powerful feature of music from many different parts of the world; they can be heard in traditional music from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, in jazz and blues, and also in contemporary composed and improvised art music of the U.S. and Europe from the early 20th century to the present. How can you access these new sounds and make them part of your own language? In this course, ear training drills and compositional exercises work hand in hand. Students practice identifying and singing/playing quarter-tones, sixth-tones, and even twelfth-tones (time permitting), exploring new modes of expression as they begin to hear in a different way. Along the way, we listen to a variety of examples of microtonal music from different styles an traditions, examining and transcribing small excerpts, and we conclude the semester with a final composition/performance project involving group collaboration amongst classmates.

ET-P461

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-212 and HR-211
Department Code: EAR
Location: Boston Campus

Traditional modes will briefly be reviewed and the basic techniques of practice and performance will be learned. Students will then learn and perform nontraditional/hybrid modes. Examples of modes (please note that each example has alternate names) to be studied include Hungarian Major, Spanish Phrygian, Octatonic, Arabic, Whole Tone, Hindu, Super Locrian, Lydian b7, Japanese, and Hungarian Minor.

PFET-361

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; Approved specified elective for brass, woodwind, string, and vibraphone principal PERF majors
Electable by: Brass, woodwind, string, and mallet principals
Prerequisites: Ensemble rating 3444 and ET-112
Department Code: EAR
Location: Boston Campus

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.

PFET-364

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

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.

PFET-367

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Allan Chase
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None; Approved specified elective for guitar principal PERF majors
Electable by: Guitar principals
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating of 2 and ET-112
Department Code: EAR
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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