Ear Training/ Theory 1 

Course Number: MUS-101DL  Credit Hours: 3

Course Description

This course employs a combination of both lecture and demonstration to ensure students acquire a full understanding of the fundamentals of music theory and ear training. Topics covered include: the staff, pitch, note heads, clefs, ledger lines, sharps and flats, enharmonic equivalents, major scales, key signatures, circle of fifths (major keys), intervals (major, perfect, minor, augmented, and diminished), pitch matching, determining the highness or lowness of pitch; as well as hearing, transcribing, and singing melodies, harmonies and rhythm.

Dave Pozzi

Dave Pozzi has been a Los Angeles based free-lance artist since 1979, recording and playing with artists like: Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Celine Dion, David Foster, Johnny Mathis, Jeff Hamilton, Rich Little, Charlie Shoemake, Melissa Manchester, Marvin Stamm, Bobby Shew, Pete Christlieb, Don Menza, Roy McCurdy, Bob Cooper, Jeff Berlin, Diana Krall, Billy Childs, and others. Big band credits include Ray Anthony, Bob Crosby, Bill Watrous, Louie Bellson, Bob Florence, and Doc Severinsen. Dave is featured as a soloist on recordings with John Patitucci, Nick Brignola, Dick Berk, Bob Magnusson, Ray Pizzi, and Milcho Leviev. Other recording work includes radio and TV commercials, TV shows like The Osbournes, and numerous demos and record dates.

Week 1 + 2:

  • The ear training component concentrates on three (3) criteria: melodic, rhythmic and interval recognition (dictation).
  • Five (5) major keys will be explored (D, G, C, F and Bb).
  • Melodies will be scalar with leaps to misol or do.
  • Rhythm will consist of whole, half, dotted half, quarter and eighth notes in common time.
  • Intervals will move from do to misol or do, above or below tonic.
  • The theory component concentrates on the staff, pitch and register, clefs, ledger lines, vocal ranges, all diatonic intervals (ascending and descending), double sharps and flats, enharmonic equivalents, major scales (D, G, C, F and Bb), key signatures and the circle of fifths.

Week 3 & 4:

  • Expand on the three criteria above (melodic and rhythmic dictation and interval recognition).
  • Nine (9) major keys will be explored (E, A, D, G, C, F, Bb, Eb, and Ab).
  • Melodies will be scalar with leaps to all diatonic scale tones.
  • Rhythm will consist of whole, half, dotted half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes in common time.
  • Intervals will move from do to misolti or do, above or below tonic.
  • The theory component concentrates on 4 new keys (E, Eb, A, Ab), non-diatonic intervals, an expanded circle of fifths, key signatures, interval recognition and construction.

Week 5:

  • Expands on the three criteria above (melodic and rhythmic dictation and interval recognition).
  • All major keys will be explored (C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db/C#, Gb/F#, Cb/B, E, A, D, G,).
  • Melodies will be scalar with leaps to all diatonic scale tones, as well as diatonic surrounds.
  • Rhythm will introduce cut-time key signatures.
  • Intervals will move from doto any scale tone above or below tonic.
  • The theory component concentrates on all 15 written keys, the complete circle of fifths (major keys only), all major key signatures and all simple intervals.

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

This course will require you to use a piano or keyboard to practice examples from the curriculum.

You will need:

  • Access to an 88-key keyboard or piano
  • Webcam
  • Desktop or laptop PC or Mac with speakers, running the most up-to-date versions of Google Chrome or Firefox (see “Software Requirements” for more info)
  • Printer, so that you can print out music examples used in the course or an iPad or similar device
  • Recommended: metronome (or metronome app)

Software Requirements:

Operating Systems

  •         Windows 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  •         Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
  •         Linux – chromeOS

Mobile Operating System Native App Support

  •         iOS 7 and newer
  •         Android 4.2 and newer

Supported Browsers

Canvas, our online learning platform, supports the last two versions of every browser release. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in. As of March 12, 2016, we support the most recent versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge (Windows only—please make sure your operating system is also current as noted in the computer specifications lesson; you may need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  • Chrome 54 and 55
  • Safari 9 and 10 (Macintosh ONLY)
  • Firefox 49 and 50 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 22 and 23 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements).

Some supported browsers may still produce a banner stating your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas. If you have upgraded your browser but you are still seeing the warning banner, try logging out of Canvas and deleting your browser cookies. Learn how to clear your cache on a Mac or a PC.

Required Components

  • Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. Please note that some browsers, such as Firefox, may no longer support Flash.
  • The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences. Please note that some browsers do not support Java. Otherwise, there are no other browser plug-ins used by Canvas.

Screen Size

  • LACM Online is best viewed at a minimum of 800×600, which is the average size of a notebook computer. If you want to view your courses on a device with a smaller screen, we recommend using the Canvas mobile app.

Computer Speed and Processor

  • Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2GHz processor

Internet Speed

  • Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments.
  • Minimum of 512 kbps

Screen Readers

  • Macintosh: VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)
  • PC: JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer)
  • PC: NVDA (latest version for Firefox)
  • There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome