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: