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MUSIC 1DB3 Practical Musicianship II

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Mitchell


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 433

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24217

Office Hours: by appointment

Course Objectives:

In this course students will develop basic musicianship skills including ear training, sight singing, dictation and keyboard harmony. Class time will be devoted to completing exercises preparing students for regular tests throughout the term.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Paul Murphy et al. The Musicians Guide to Aural Skills: Sight Singing, 3rd Edition.  New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2016.

___________.  The Musicians Guide to Aural Skills: Ear Training, 3rd Edition. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2016.  This book contains access to online resources.

Students need to bring pencils and their books to class.

Recommended Resource for Practice: MacGamut.


Method of Assessment:

15 Tests (5 percent each) = 75%

Class Participation = 25%

N.B. students will receive at least 10% of their final grade by March 16


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

There will actually be 18 tests in the course, but the three lowest grades (including zeros) will be dropped from the final grade calculation, regardless of which type of test the three lowest grades are.  Missed tests will be given a grade of zero.  Because of the number of assessments in the course and the amount of class time available, missed tests (for whatever reason) will not be rescheduled.

Because this course is focused on skill development, it is crucial that students attend class and participate.  For this reason both attendance and class participation will be assessed throughout the term.   The percentage of classes missed will be subtracted from the attendance grade.  Participation will be graded both on enthusiasm and willingness of students to volunteer for demonstrations.  Absences will be penalized in this course unless students document their absence through the MSAF system or a note to the instructor from the Faculty of Humanities.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:


Textbook Chapters


Week 1

Jan 4

Ear Training Chapter 7

Sight Singing Chapter 7

Keyboard Lesson 11


Week 2

Jan 8, 9, 11

Ear Training Chapter 8

Sight Singing Chapter 8

Keyboard Lesson 12

Thurs Jan 11 Dictation Test 1

Week 3

Jan 15, 16, 18

Ear Training Chapter 9

Sight Singing Chapter 9

Keyboard Lesson 13

Mon Jan 15 Sight Singing Test 1

Tues Jan 16 Keyboard Test 1


Week 4

Jan 22, 23, 25

Ear Training Chapter 10

Sight Singing Chapter 10

Keyboard Lesson 14

Thurs Jan 25 Dictation Test 2

Week 5

Jan 29, 30, Feb 1

Ear Training Chapter 11

Sight Singing Chapter 11

Keyboard Lesson 15

Mon Jan 29 Sight Singing Test 2

Tues Jan 30 Keyboard Test 2


Week 6

Feb 5, 6, 8

Ear Training Chapter 12

Sight Singing Chapter 12

Keyboard Lesson 16

Thurs Feb 8 Dictation Test 3

Week 7

Feb 12, 13, 15

Ear Training Chapter 13

Sight Singing Chapter 13

Keyboard Lesson 17

Mon Feb 12 Sight Singing Test 3

Tues Feb 13 Keyboard Test 3





Week 8

Feb 26, 27, Mar 1

Ear Training Chapter 14

Sight Singing Chapter 14

Keyboard Lesson 18

Thurs Mar 1 Dictation Test 4

Week 9

Mar 5, 6, 8

Ear Training Chapter 15

Sight Singing Chapter 15

Keyboard Lesson 19

Mon Mar 5 Sight Singing Test 4

Tues Mar 6 Keyboard Test 4


Week 9

Mar 12, 13, 14

Ear Training Chapter 16

Sight Singing Chapter 16

Keyboard Lesson 20

Thurs Mar 14 Dictation Test 5

Week 10

Mar 19, 20, 22

Ear Training Chapter 17

Sight Singing Chapter 17

Keyboard Lesson 21

Mon Mar 19 Sight Singing Test 5

Tues Mar 20 Keyboard Test 5

Week 11

Mar 26, 27, 29

Ear Training Chapter 18

Sight Singing Chapter 18

Keyboard Lesson 22

Thurs Mar 29 Dictation Test 6


Week 12

Apr 2, 3, 5

Ear Training Chapter 19

Sight Singing Chapter 19

Keyboard Lesson 23

Tues Apr 3 Keyboard Test 6

Week 13

Apr 9


Mon Apr 9 Sight Singing Test 6