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           Aural Skills 161

practice resources, assignments, info

Weekly aural skills workshops: 
Thursdays 1:25 - 2:00, Ranlet Lounge

Final Exam Contents

HW Due Mon, Dec. 10
• Be able to do everything listed on the final exam contents!
• Practice completing these tasks within 10 minutes total by setting out all your materials (keyboard, ottman, hall) and going through one of each item.  

HW Due Fri, Dec. 7
One pass: 
• Sightreading from Hall Ch. 10/11
• Sightreading from Ottman Ch. 8
• Keyboard anthology P. 201 #2 -- chess style. 

HW Due Mon, Dec. 3
• "Caro Mio Ben" your choice of system.  If you use numbers, switch tonics when the key changes. 
• Keyboard 201 #1
• Hall 9G, 9J, speak top, ta bottom

HW Due Fri, Nov. 30
One shot through all of the following:
• Hall 9d,e
• Ottman 8.6, 8.11 
• Keyboard: anthology p. 200#1

HW Due Weds, Nov. 28
• Ottman 8.13
• Hall 9a,b,c
• Scale degrees: anthology p. 43

HW Due Mon, Nov. 26
• On solfege: 1351-7542-1, minor keys: a, d, g, etc.  No piano except for starting A.  
• Keyboard anthology p. 198#2, C major or a minor only!
• Hall 9G, 9I, ta top, clapbottom. 
• You get ONE CHANCE at everything above, in time.  Final style.  

HW Due Mon, Nov. 19
• Memorize a section of "Gia il sole," on your choice of solfege or scale degrees.  If you choose SDs, make sure to switch to a new 1 when it modulates. 
• Ottman 6.60 and 6.61: be able to sing either line and play the other, SD or solfege.  
• Keyboard anthology p. 198 #2 -- in time, round-robin style

HW Due Fri, Nov. 16
• "Gia il Sole" p. 74 of 24 arias, with CD, on solfege or SDs, my choice
• Sightreading from Ottman ch. 6
• Ta/clap Hall 8G, I
• Keyboard anthology p 198#1 transposing, p 197 #1 transposing, p 195 #2 at pitch

HW Due Weds, Nov. 14
• Hall 8G,I
• Ottman 6.16
• Anth. 196. #4 sing/play
• Hindemith p. 13 "more difficult"
• sing arpeggios up:
i V/42 i6 V6/5 i V4/3 i6 V7 i

THD 5 Sheet
• For the mp3s, see the blue website (Eastman Aural Skills Online, above).

HW Due Mon, Nov. 12
• Hall 8C-F, with the measure you are reading covered up
• Anthology p. 196 #4 – sing and play. 
• Ottman 6.15, 6.49
• Anthology p. 198 #1, C major/minor only.

HW Due Fri, Nov. 9
• Anthology p. 196 #4 – sing and play.
• Practice sight-singing Chapters 6 and 11 of Ottman
• Hall 7H (ta/tap or tap/tap, switching on signal).
• THD 4

HW Due Weds, Nov. 7
• "Scale Degree Patterns" Anthology p. 42);
• Hall 7G, "ta" and tap; be able to switch parts on "switch!"
• Keyboard: Anthology p. 195 #1.
• REMINDER: THD 4 Due Friday

HW Due Weds, Oct. 31
• Hall 7C, 7D
• Ottman 6.8, 6.9 with repeats and D.C., on numbers and solfege

Midterm: Dictation! Fri, Oct. 26

HW Due Fri, Oct. 19
• THD 3 due at the beginning of class
• Practice sight singing from Ottman
• Sign up for midterm!!!

HW Due Weds, Oct. 17
• Ottman/Rogers 5.20 and 5.24;
• Hall 6G.
• Sign up and prepare for midterm, above.  

HW Due Mon, Oct. 15
• Sign up for midterm, above!
• Listening Module 1
• Ottman 5.15, 5.16, 5.25
• Hall 6D, 6E, 6F
• Anth. p 194 #4 with transposing

HW Due Fri, Oct. 12
• Ottman 5.10, 5.13
• Hall 6A, B, C
• Anth. p. 194#4, no transposing yet
- Check out Midterm Contents
- Listening Mod. 1 Due Monday 

HW Due Weds, Oct. 10
• Hall 5I and 5J
• Ottman/Rogers 5.36 and 5.39 both parts on numbers and solfège
• Anth p. 192 #5 (KB 3) - play and sing.

Incredible tabla playing and rhythmic syllables (called "bol," like our solfege, but for rhythm).  

HW Due Fri, Oct. 5
• Take Home Dictation #2!
• Fixed do: 12345671-5-3-1, any natural minor scale
• Ottman 5.28, 5.30, 5.32
• Hall 4L, 5L: poems.  Words, conduct, emote!
• Anth. p. 191-2, #2, 4, 5

HW Due Weds, Oct. 3
• Practice “Amarilli” with your accompaniment CD; be able to sing it fluently.  You choose fixed do or scale degrees.  Yes, include ornaments!
• Hall 5D,E, F 3. Anth p. 192 #4 (KB 3)
• THD 2 due Fri

HW Due Mon, Sept. 29
• Scale degree patterns, Anth. p. 41 on FIXED DO.  Could be any key except Do. 
• Keyboard 3, Anth. p. 191 #1 
• Take Home Dictation #2 due next Friday... why not do it now?  

HW Due Fri, Sept. 26
• Review Anth p.41. patterns
• Hall 5B, 5C
• Ottman/Rogers 3.53, 4.36, and 4.45 
• Anth p. 190 #5 be able to play either line and sing the other (comfortable register)

HW Due Weds, Sept. 26
• Scale Degree Pattern Sheet 1 on Anth p. 41, #1-26 (get as far as you can).
• Anth p. 189 #3 (KB 2)
• Sight read from Ottman/Rogers Chap. 3.

HW Due Mon, Sept. 24
Be ready to perform solo
• Practice 1-234567 1-5-3-1 (fixed do, all keys)
• Hall 4E, 4G
• Ottman 3.8, 3.29
• Anthology pp. 189-190: Keyboard 2, #2 and 4(and keep up old keyboard exercises)

• Listening Module 1 Due Oct. 15
• Take Home Dictation 2 Due in 2 weeks. 

HW Due Fri, Sept. 21
• Ottman/Rogers 3.4 and 3.12; 3.
• Hall 4B, 4D
• Anth, p. 188, Keyboard 1.3
• Dictation 1 due Friday

HW Due Weds, Sept. 19
• Practice our warmup in every key: Fixed "do" 1234567 1531
• Hall 2N, 3M – conducting and words - convince me!  
• Anthology (yellow book) p. 188, Keyboard exercises 2 and 4 (KB#1). (Suggestion: Practice with a partner, quizzing each other.)

• Due FRIDAY: Take-Home Dictation #1.  

Homework Due Monday, Sept. 17
• Hall 2H, 2J perform two ways each (i.e., tap both, speak and tap)

• Ottman/Rogers 2.46, 2.47 everyone learn both parts; scale degrees and solfège

• Anthology (yellow book) p. 188 – Keyboard Exercise 1.1

• Take Home Dictation 1 (on blue website “Web Assignments”) is due next Fri. 21st.

Homework Due Friday, Sept. 14
Perform with conducting
• Hall 1J, 2J, 3I
• Ottman 2.39, 2.43, 2.45 (fixed do and scale degrees)

Homework Due Monday, Sept. 10
Be able to perform (with conducting)
• Hall 1A-1G, 2A-2G, 3A-3F
• Bring Hall and Ottman to class

Questions? Contact me at:

     Graduate Theory Review 117    

Syllabus Final: Dec 19, 3:30-6:30pm, OSL 101

Weekly aural skills workshops: 
Thursdays 1:25 - 2:00, Ranlet Lounge

Skills 3: Dec. 10
• Worksheet
• Times

HW 18b Due Friday, Dec. 7
• 10.8: 
- Finish with a different kind of cadence for each sequence(HC, PAC, IAC)
- Provide a 2nd-level analysis

HW 18a Due Wednesday, Dec. 5
• Sequences and cadences
• Reminder: Skills 3 (instructions below) Due Monday, Dec. 10

HW 17 Due Monday, Dec. 3
• Finishing periods

Thanks, Allison!

HW 16 Due Friday, Nov. 30
• 9.4

Skills 3: Dec. 10
• Worksheet
• Times

Final Exam Contents
• Figured bass realization
• Recipe composition in 4 voices, including ToF, various cadence types, sequences
• Dictation: outer voices of chord progressions (about 12 chords) with Roman numeral analysis
• Form analysis (various periods, sentences, cadence types)
• 2nd level analysis

HW 15 Due Wednesday, Nov. 28
For BOTH questions below, turn in a separate sheet with diagrams like p.119 of the textbook.  
• Workbook 9.1
• Phrase structure dictations  a   b   c  
You do not need to turn in any pages from the workbook.  

HW 14b Due Monday, Nov. 17
• Workbook 8.2:
a) In A major, expand tonic in 3 or 4 chords, move to any PD, and close with a HC
b) In B minor, write a four-measure progression that includes the following (not necessarily in this order): PAC; typical use of VI and III; 3 different kinds of tones of figuration (label these); a viiº chord in any position

HW 14a Due Friday, Nov. 14
• Workbook 8.3

Courtesy of Jon.  Very cool.  

Skills Assessment 2: Mon, Nov. 12
• Worksheet
• Times

HW 13 Due Fri, Nov. 9: Dictation practice
• MP3* one | two | three | four
*Download these before Friday, so that if your computer has issues, you can use a school computer.  

HW 12 Due Weds, Oct. 31
• Workbook 6.16
1) Organize elements efficiently according to phrase model.  
2) Roman numerals and bass line
3) Realize in 4 voices with good voice leading
(4) Optional: add texture and/or tones of figuration -- congratulations: you have a piece of music!

Due in the Distant Future: Skills Check 2

HW 11 Due Fri, Oct. 26
• Finish workbook 6.5, 6.6, 6.14

Practice Midterm, Due Weds, Oct. 17
• Complete the practice midterm handed out in class. Remember, the actual midterm will last 50 minutes.    
• mp3 | Dictation
• mp3 | Tones of Figuration

HW 10 Due Mon, Oct. 15
• Workbook 4.4, 5.8
• Mini dictations: 8 9 10 11
(Write scale degrees and Roman numerals, then notate in any key.)

HW 9 Due Fri, Oct. 12
• Workbook 5.12, 4.11
• Mini dictations: 4 5 6 7
(Write scale degrees and Roman numerals, then notate in any key.)
• Look over practice midterm, and practice what you need to!

Midterm Contents
• Species counterpoint on a Fux cantus
• Tones of figuration (P, N, Sus, etc.)
• Roman numeral analysis (I, V7, etc.)
• Figured bass realization (outer voices given!)
• Dictation: write outer voices of a chord progression.  6 hearings.  Starting notes given.  

• Incredible tabla playing and rhythmic syllables (called "bol," like our solfege, but for rhythm).

HW 8 and Skills #1, Due Fri, Oct. 5
Skills #1
• Be early!  See times.  
• Play and Sing PDF
• Play scales, 1 octave, BOTH hands, in time: Major, any minor, up to 3 sharps/flats.
HW 8
• Fux Lydian: 2nd and 4th species above and below

HW 7 Due Weds, Oct. 3 
• Workbook 4.5, 5.3, 5.5a, 6.13b,d
• Mini Dictations: 1 2 3
- Write outer scale degrees and Roman numerals
• Optional dictation workshop.  

FYI: Pop Music
Top-40 mode and tempo trends over the last 50 years.  Notice any cyclical behavior in comparison to the Classical era? 

HW 5c Due Fri, Sept. 26
• 4th species above Fux ionian mode
• Label your own errors from HW 5b:
- 4th species above, 2nd below. 
• If I already marked your HW, label errors here, instead.

HW 6 Due Weds, Sept. 26
• Workbook 3.2 and 3.3 - Label only:
- Tones of figuration
- Roman numerals

We said in class that 200 years from now, there could be "rules" describing today's pop music like there are now for Renaissance counterpoint.  Looks like the process has started already (NYTimes article).

HW 5b Due Mon, Sept. 24
• 4th species above and below Fux aeolian mode
• 2nd species above and below Fux aeolian mode

Stuff to know
• 4th species rules and strategies from class
• 4th species examples 

HW 5a Due Fri, Sept. 21
• Finish 2.31 and 2.32

Homework 4b, Due Wednesday, Sept. 19
• Workbook 2.9 (2nd species)
• Dictation 4.17 PDF | MP3

Homework 4a, Due Monday, Sept. 17
• Workbook 2.14, 2.22

• Dictation 4.12 -- TWO PARTS
  • 1) NOT GRADED: Take it like a test: listen 4 times with 1 minute in between, and write down what you can.  
  • 2) GRADED: Listen as much as you need to.  
  • PDF | MP3

Homework 3b, Due Friday, Sept. 14
• Workbook 2.4 (1st species)
• Workbook 2.8 (2nd species)
Not a lot, so try to make them perfect! (Including no repetitions.)

You have 3 resources for species guidelines:
• Laitz p. 28
• Francoli (linked below HW 1)
• My summary sheet

Homework 2b/3a, Due Wednesday, Sept. 12
Dictation "Auld Lang Syne" MP3
• write scale degrees
• use scale degrees to notate in Eb major

4.3 and 4.11 PDF
4.3 mp3
4.11 mp3

Homework 2a, Due Monday, Sept. 10
Turn in: 1st species PDF
• 1st species above #4, above #5, above #6;
• 1st species below #4, below #5, below #6.

• Music from class (not homework, just pretty):

Homework 1, Due Friday, Sept. 7
Turn in at beginning of class:
1) Workbook Ex. 1.10 (top of p. 8)
2) Do Dictation 3.34 PDF | MP3 
3) Do Dictation 3.35 PDF | MP3
• you do NOT need to print these out
• you can write answers on staff paper
Buy Textbook and Workbook
Fill out online Questionnaire
Read Species Counterpoint pp. 84-90
• ignore top of p. 85 (bad scan)

© 2009-2012

American Inventors 402          

Final Project, Due Tuesday, Dec. 18

Due Tuesday, Dec. 11
Ivesian composition and self-analysis
• Does not need to sound like Ives, but must use Ivesian techniques
• 1-2 minutes
• bitonal (or bi-scalar) (or tri-tonal, etc.)
• multi-stream in some way
• any two (or more) in-class instruments
• must have a programmatic title/background
• For your analysis, describe how your use of these techniques is different or similar to what Ives does (pieces we've looked at: "The Cage," "Like a Sick Eagle," The Unanswered Question, Central Park in the Dark, "Soliloquy," "Serenity," The Concord Sonata)

Due Tuesday, Dec. 4
Listen to and analyze Ives' song, "Like a sick eagle," including pitch and motivic material, text painting, and anything else you deem relevant.  

Due Thursday, Nov. 29
• Listen to Ives' Sonata No. 2 ("Concord") with an ear toward the materials and organization
• Read Ives' Essays Before a Sonata (the program notes) with an eye toward the relation between the words and the music

Due Tuesday, Nov. 20
• Compose a 1-2 minute piece to play in class using sets and/or tone rows.  
• On a separate score, analyze your piece.
- Feel free to use the sets/rows/matrices we have already made/seen in class, as long as you use them in your own way.  
- Does NOT have to sound like Webern or Boulez; make it something you would want to play.  This is basically a free composition with the requirement that the pitch organization be consistent and label-able using sets or rows.  
- Duos or trios are fine, and if you want to write a simple piano part, I'll accompany you.  

Due Thursday, Nov. 15:
• Listen to the Boulez he cites: Le Marteau sans Maitre
• Turn in responses to two questions (3 typed pages):
1) Choose a constraint to add or subtract.  Back up your decision with reference to specific examples of music we have studied. 
2) Choose a constraint and describe the way it applies/doesn't to Cage, Nancarrow, Webern.  Use specific examples.  

Due Tuesday, Nov. 13
• Finish Cook reading, below, with special attention to Webern Op. 27 (score) and Schoenberg Op. 33a.  
• Listen to those pieces. 
Turn in a page or two of notes on the following questions:
• How does your aural impression of those pieces (form, expressivity, etc.) align with their set/serial structure?   
• How does that compare to the perceptibility of the underlying structure in Cage or Nancarrow?  
• Either prose or an outline is fine, just make it clear the way the elements above compare, using specific examples.  Diagrams and marked scores are fine, but not necessary this time.  

Serial Techniques: Due Thurs, Nov. 6
• Read Analyzing Serial Music, by Nicholas Cook through p. 311. If you want to read more, skip Stravinsky in the middle and check out Schoenberg at the end.
To hand in: make a matrix for the row on p. 298, figure 144. Label each row and column with the appropriate Px, Ix, Rx, RIx.  Please do by hand!
Resource: How to Make a Matrix, by Larry Solomon
You'll recognize the row from class -- this is where it came from!
• Be sure to listen to the examples, so they're not just notes on a page!

Webern Analysis: Due Tues, Oct. 30 - Hand In
PDF | Webern Op. 7 | YouTube
• Circle and label set classes in the first movement. You may wish to look for sets in all directions: ↓ (deciding how to segment the music is half the battle).  
• No need to be comprehensive; just try to highlight any commonalities, connections, or transformations. If you don't think there are any, you can demonstrate that via labeling sets, too.    
• For discussion: did your analysis capture/miss parts of the music you thought were important?  
Online resource with reminders of terms and techniques.  

Nancarrow Composition: Due Tues, Oct. 23
• Here is a list of Nancarrow's studies with brief descriptions to give you some ideas. You can look up recordings (with piano rolls!) of ones that catch your eye on YouTube.  
• Guidelines: 3+ voices in ratio canon; involve convergence point(s); use Sibelius if possible (so we can mess around with them in class).

Due Tuesday, Oct. 16
• Listen to movements II and III of Nancarrow's String Quartet No. 3, and think about same issues you dealt with in the analysis.  

Nancarrow Analysis: Due Thurs, Oct. 9
(Heads up: probably not something you want to do in one day.)
Recording: Arditti quartet
• Score and example diagrams from class.  

- For reference: Study No. 11
- For reference: Study No. 37

FYI: Bach/Cage
Apropos our Bach/Cage comparison, here is a chapter by Ruth Tatlow suggesting that Bach edited some of his music to make precisely proportional numbers of measures. See p. 208-209.

Guided Composition: Due Thursday, Sept. 27
• Does NOT have to sound like Cage
• Bring 5 copies for the class
• 1-2 minutes
• Use "found sounds"
• Proportional form
• System of rhythmic motives
• At least TWO parts/voices/staves

Turn in
• Composition
• Self analysis
- Describe/map-out your process

Cage Analysis, Due Tuesday, Sept. 25
Score and table of preparations
You don't need to cram all of your analysis on one copy. You could, for instance, tick off proportions on one sheet, and motives on another. Whatever is clearest and easiest.
Performance (you can use any - but tell me)
• Virtual pianos online: 1 and 2

Due Tuesday, Sept. 17
Listen to Cage Sonatas and Interludes 2, 5, 6, 11
YouTube with score and links to individual movements in the "more info" section.

Make a pitch reduction of Bach prelude in C minor from the Well Tempered Clavier, Book I
PDF from imslp.org
Performance (YouTube)
• How-to guide: 
  • Take away ornamental notes (passing, neighbor, anticipation, repetitions, etc -- use your judgement). 
  • You will now have a new, chorale-style piece.
  • Repeat the process for this new piece, eliminating ornamental material (passing, neighbor -- but chords, this time). 
  • Repeat until it's nonsense. 
  • Use the Lerdahl handout to help, and for reference.
  • If your reduction exposes any interesting patterns or ideas mention them or mark them. 
Due Thursday, Sept. 13
Listen to Cage, Imaginary Landscape #3
• You don't need a score
• What is the overall form (ABCD? ABCBA? etc.)
• Is this a traditional form? (yes/no/why/examples)
• Pitch: important or incidental? As with the "fugue" in the 2nd Construction, how does this usage affect composition and analysis?

Imaginary Landscape #1 (YouTube)
Imaginary Landscape #3 (Library CD 27,426)

• Play through or write out the Waldstein exposition like it's a 4-part chorale.

Due Tuesday, Sept. 11
Analysis of Cage, 2nd Construction
• Sample analysis of 1st Construction (verbal)
• Ssmple analysis of 1st Const. (on score)
• One of various YouTube performances

Due Thursday, Sept. 6
Fill out Questionnaire
Read: Cage, Silence
Listen: Cage, First Construction
Listen: Cage, 3rd Construction
Score, for reference: Cage, First Construction