Ear Training 2

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Authored by Gaye Tolan Hatfield

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Course Code: OEART-120

Next Term Starts April 8

Level 2

Level 2

3-Credit Tuition

$1,497

Non-Credit Tuition

$1,250

Ear Training 2 is designed to help you learn essential musicianship skills applicable to all styles of music: the ability to read music notation, as well as the ability to recognize, imagine, remember, and notate musical sounds. Through guided practice of ear training techniques, your musical perception and performance will become more accurate and you will become more fluent in translating sound into notation and notation into sound. The techniques for learning ear training—moveable Do solfège, conducting, counting systems, and dictation techniques—are time-tested aids for the development of these musicianship skills. The skills you will learn will be useful in composition, arranging, production, learning new repertoire, and bandleading. Ear Training 2 will also improve improvisation skills, musical interaction in performance, and music perception in listening.

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By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Accurately perform sight-singing of rhythms in common meters and diatonic melodies in major and minor keys, including all forms of the minor scale 
  • Listen and accurately dictate rhythms in common meters and diatonic melodies in major and minor keys
  • Accurately perform rhythms and melodies using moveable Do solfège syllables and conducting patterns
  • Demonstrate swing feels in 4/4 and 3/4 meters
  • Recognize triads, 7th chords, and diatonic major-key chord progressions
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Syllabus

Lesson 1: Take It from the Top! Reviewing the Foundation 

  • Diagnostic Evaluation
  • History
  • Interview with Lea Washington
  • Singing for Success
  • Sight Singing: Reviewing the Majors
  • Return to Rhythms
  • Assignment 1: Melodic and Rhythmic Videos

Lesson 2: Introducing Me, the Minor 3rd 

  • Jazz Melodic Minor—The Scale and the Sound
  • Tendency Tone Pairs
  • Jazz Melodic Minor—Melodies
  • Moving Forward: 6/8 Rhythms
  • Talking about Triads—Review
  • Assignment 2: Rhythm and Melodies

Lesson 3: Inversions and Crafty Rhythms 

  • Jazz Melodic Minor Melodies
  • Rhythms—Mixed Subdivisions
  • What Is a Chord Inversion?
  • Hearing Inversions
  • Melodic Dictations
  • Assignment 3: Transcribing

Lesson 4: Swinging into Harmonic Minor and 7ths 

  • Harmonic Minor—The Scale and the Sound
  • Harmonic Minor—Melodies
  • Swing vs. Straight Rhythms
  • Triads and Inversions
  • Singing Roots of Chords
  • Assignment 4: Performance and Dictation

Lesson 5: Harmonic Minor, the Jazz Waltz, and 7th Chords

  • Harmonic Minor Drills and Melodies
  • Swing in 3/4—Jazz Waltz
  • Rhythmic Reading
  • Major Key 7th Chords
  • 7th Chord Qualities
  • Assignment 5: Sight-Reading, Rhythmic Etude, and Melodic Dictation

Lesson 6: Lesson 1—5 Review and Midterm Preparation

  • Mastering the Melodies
  • Review of Sixteenth-Note Rhythms, and Swing Feel
  • Swing Review
  • Listen to the 7ths
  • 7th Chords
  • Assignment 6.1: Midterm Assessment—Part 1: Sight-Reading
  • Assignment 6.2: Midterm Assessment—Part 2: Dictation

Lesson 7: Exploring Natural Minor and 6/8 Time 

  • Natural Minor—Scale and the Sound
  • 6/8 in 6
  • Practicing and Conducting in 6/8
  • All the 7ths
  • Guide Tone Practice and Songs You May Know
  • Assignment 7: Natural Minor Scale and 6/8 Pattern

Lesson 8: Natural Minor Melodies and 6/8 Adventures

  • Natural Minor 
  • Tetrachords
  • Natural Minor Melodies and Sight-Reading Review
  • Melodic Dictation Review
  • Further Exploration 6/8
  • 7th Chord Review
  • Assignment 8: Melodic Performance, Rhythmic and Harmonic Dictation

Lesson 9: Traditional Melodic Minor and Cut Time 

  • Traditional Melodic Minor—Scale and the Sound
  • Tendency Tones
  • What Is Cut Time?
  • Cut-Time in Performance
  • Reading Cut Time Rhythms
  • Minor Chord Patterns—Natural Minor
  • Assignment 9: Traditional Melodic Minor and Cut Time Rhythms

Lesson 10: Traditional Melodic Minor Melodies and Sixteenth-Note Syncopation 

  • Traditional Melodic Minor Melodies
  • Mixed Minor Melodies
  • Comparative Phrases
  • Sixteenth-Note Syncopation
  • More Minor Triads
  • Borrowing "Ti"
  • Assignment 10: Traditional Melodic Melodies and Rhythms

Lesson 11: Reviewing Natural and Traditional Melodic Minor with Quarter-Note Triplets 

  • Natural Minor and Traditional Melodic Minor Melodies
  • Quarter-Note Triplets and Performance
  • Quarter-Note Triplet Subdivision
  • Thinking Ahead
  • 7th Chords in Minor
  • Assignment 11: Read and Perform Melodies

Lesson 12: Review and Create

  • Review All Minor Scales
  • Warming Up with Scales
  • Melodic Sight-Reading
  • Reading and Writing Rhythms
  • Cut Time Review
  • Quarter-Note Triplets
  • Minor Harmony—Triads and 7ths
  • Assignment 12: Final Assessment—Sight Reading
  • Assignment 12: Final Assessment—Dictation

Requirements

Prerequisites

Completion of Music Foundations and Basic Ear Training 1 or equivalent knowledge and experience is required.

Students should be able to:

  • Match pitch vocally
  • Read and notate basic rhythms (whole notes, half notes, quarters, eighths, and sixteenths) in time signatures of 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4
  • Identify and notate pitches in treble and bass clef
  • Notate major scales in C, F, G, B♭, D
  • Recognize simple major key harmonic patterns including the I, IV, and V chords

Required Textbook

Ear Training 2 Workbook by Scott deOgburn, Tony Germain, Mitch Haupers, Steve Prosser, Roberta Radley, and Dave Vose

This is a workbook purchased from the Berklee Bookstore. Please make sure you purchase this workbook ahead of time, especially for international students. Allow for shipping time. Note: All of the drop-down menus are appropriately selected for you. You only have to click on the "Select Format" tab in order to purchase the workbook.

If you have any difficulties purchasing the book, you may contact the Berklee Bookstore the following ways:

Phone: 617-747-2402

Email: bookstore@berklee.edu


Software Requirements

  • MuseScore
  • A basic audio recording tool that will allow you to record yourself and save the recording in MP3 format. You will have a tool to use for this purpose inside the learning environment. Alternatively, you can use software like Audacity or GarageBand. For help using either Audacity or GarageBand, visit the Berklee Online Technical Assistance page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to watch tutorials about using each of these programs.

Mac Users

  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher (click here for system requirements)
  • Latest version of Google Chrome

Windows Users

  • Windows 7 or higher (click here for system requirements)
  • Latest version of Google Chrome

Hardware Requirements

  • A built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built in ports or an external audio interface)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • 500 MB hard drive space
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Webcam
  • Internet connection with at least 4 Mbps download speed (http://www.speedtest.net to verify or download the Speedtest by Ookla app from your mobile app store)

Instructors

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Author

Gaye Tolan Hatfield is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a professor in the college’s Ear Training department. She has also taught in the Harmony, Voice, and Ensemble departments, and co-wrote and teaches the Berklee Online course Music Foundations. Her work outside of the college includes writing, arranging, transcribing, and performing locally as a vocalist, pianist, and flutist. She has assisted orchestrators for the Boston Pops, and in the summer of 2013, wrote a choral arrangement that was performed at the Pops 4th of July concert.

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Hatfield's compositions can be heard on a variety of television shows, including Navy NCIS, History Detective, The Young and the Restless, Revenge, NUMBER3, C.S.I. NY, Good Wife, and United States of Tara, in addition to the films Dear John and What To Expect When You're Expecting. She has also been a member of the Providence Singers, and penned an arrangement of "Someone to Watch Over Me" for their 2007-2008 Gershwin tribute concert.

Gaye earned 2015 and 2016 Daytime Emmy award nominations for her work as a member of the composing team for The Young and the Restless. Read Less

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