Ear Training/Theory 2

Course Number: MUS-102DLCredit Hours: 3

Course Description

Topics covered in this continuation of “Ear Training/Theory 1” include: major, minor, diminished, and augmented triads; triad inversion, open and closed voicings; diatonic progressions of major keys, transposition, determining keys, and non-diatonic harmony; major, minor, dominant, minor b5, diminished, minor-major, and major #5 seventh chords; chord symbols and seventh chord inversions; figured bass, polyphony, scalar movement, and harmonic rhythm; hearing, transcribing, and singing melodies, harmonies and rhythm. Prerequisite: Ear Training/Theory 1.

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.

Weeks 1 and 2:

  • Ear training concentrates on five (5) criteria: melodic and rhythmic dictation, interval, chord and progression recognition.
  • Five (5) major keys will be explored (D, G, C, F and Bb).
  • Melodies will introduce chromaticism (alteration of sol and mi). Rhythm will introduce triplets.
  • Intervals will introduce chromatic intervals (alteration of sol and mi), above or below tonic.
  • Progression recognition will consist of the I and V chord in any inversion.
  • Chord recognition will consist of major, minor, diminished and augmented triads.
  • Theory concentrates on four (4) criteria:
    • Triad construction, recognition and analysis in a variety of voicings
    • Intervals
    • Progressions: construction, recognition and analysis with figured bass
    • Ascending and descending chromatic scales with proper solfege.

Weeks 3 and 4:

  • Ear training will expand on the five criteria above: melodic and rhythmic dictation, intervals, chord and progression recognition.
  • Nine (9) major keys will be explored (E, A, D, G, C, F, Bb, Eb, and Ab).
  • Melodies will consist of all chromatic tones.
  • Rhythm will introduce the third subdivision of the beat.
  • Intervals will move from do to all diatonic and chromatic tones.
  • Progression recognition will consist of I, IV and V chords in any inversion.
  • Chord recognition will introduce the major, minor, half-diminished and dominant seventh chords.
  • Theory will expand on the four criteria above and introduce:
    • Chord progressions involving all diatonic triads
    • Seventh chord construction, recognition and analysis in a variety of voicings
    • Diatonic major harmony

 

Week 5:

  • Ear training will expand on the five criteria above: melodic and rhythmic dictation, intervals, chord and progression recognition.
  • All 12 major keys will be explored.
  • Melodies will introduce harmonic movement to the I, IV and V chord.
  • Rhythm will introduce rests.
  • Intervals will move from do to all diatonic and chromatic tones.
  • Progression recognition will consist of the I, ii, IV and V chord in any inversion.
  • Chord recognition will introduce all possible seventh chords.
  • Theory will expand on the four criteria above and introduce:
    • Modulation
    • Song analysis of harmony and form

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: