Ear Training/Theory 3

Course Number: MUS-103DL Credit Hours: 3

Course Description

Topics covered in this continuation of “Ear Training/Theory 2” include: variations on triads (sus, 2, 6, 6/9, 5, 5/2) with accompanying chord symbols, minor scales, key signatures and the circle of fifths (minor keys); relative and parallel key relationships, and modes (Ionian, Dorian, etc.); diatonic harmony of minor keys; hearing, transcribing, and singing melodies, harmonies and rhythm.. Prerequisite: Ear Training/Theory 2.

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 & 2:

  • Constructing 2-5-1 progressions
  • Constructing turnarounds
  • Constructing minor scales
  • Understanding/constructing parallel, relative scales
  • Constructing variations on triads
  • Melodic dictation (Natural minor)
  • Rhythmic dictation (6/8)   
  • Aurally recognizing minor scales/Variations on triads.


Weeks 3 & 4:

  • Constructing/Recognizing Modes
  • Understanding Figured Bass
  • Diatonic triads of minor keys
  • Melodic Dictation (Harmonic minor)
  • Rhythmic Dictation (6/8 with rests)
  • Aurally recognizing Figured Bass
  • Aurally recognizing Modes


Week 5:

  • Diatonic 7thchords of minor keys
  • Melodic Dictation (Melodic minor-All forms of minor)
  • Rhythmic Dictation (6/8 with rests and ties)
  • Review for Final Exam

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

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  • 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).

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Required Components

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  • 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.

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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