Aural Techniques 1

Remote Instruction (after Spring Break)

  • Finals Week: 5/4 through 5/7

    • Assignment: Exam 2 (see your email for audio file and template). Exam 2 is due by THURSDAY, 5/7, at 4:00 p.m. Central time.

  • Week 5: 4/27 through 5/1

    • This is the last week of regular instruction - finals week is next week!

    • Assignments, all due Friday 5/1 by 4:00 p.m. Central time:

    • Practice: check your email for dictation practice recordings.

  • Week 4: 4/20 through 4/24

    • Assignments, all due Friday 4/24 by 4:00 p.m. Central time:

      • Auralia HW16

      • Rhythm quiz: Ottman, pg. 61, #4.62. Set your metronome to 66 bpm. This is in triple compound meter - count the division (1 & a 2 & a 3 & a) and clap the printed rhythm.

      • Dictation quiz: interval and triad ID. Check your email for the quiz audio file.

    • Practice: check your email for dictation practice recordings.

  • Week 3: 4/13 through 4/17

    • Assignments, all due Friday 4/17 by 4:00 p.m. Central time:

      • Auralia HW15

      • Scale quiz: sing all AT1 scales, using the same tonic pitch for each.

    • Practice: check your email for dictation practice recordings.

  • Week 2: 4/6 through 4/10

    • Assignments, all due Friday 4/10 by 4:00 p.m. Central time:

      • Auralia HW14

      • Rhythm quiz: Ottman, pg. 50, #4.10. Set your metronome to 62 bpm, count the division out loud (1 & a 2 & a 3 & a), and clap the printed rhythm.

    • Practice: check your email for dictation practice recordings.

  • Week 1: 3/30 through 4/3

    • Assignments, all due Friday 4/3 by 4:00 p.m. Central time:

    • Practice: check your email for dictation practice recordings and templates.

Announcements
  • Beginning Monday 3/30, the rest of the semester will be taught remotely. Please check the Remote Instruction section regularly for updates.

Old Assignments (before Spring Break)
  • 3/11/20

    • NO ASSIGNMENTS over Spring Break - REST!

  • 3/4/20

    • For Monday 3/9:

      • Auralia HW11

      • Rhythm (compound division): Ottman, pg. 50 #4.6, #4.9 (both)

    • For Wednesday 3/11:

      • Auralia HW12

      • Singing (compound division): Ottman, pg 53 #4.27, pg. 54 #4.31 (both)

  • 2/26/20

    • For Monday 3/2:

      • Auralia HW9

    • For Wednesday 3/4:

      • Auralia HW10

      • Rhythm: Ottman, pg. 159, #10.13-10.14

  • 2/19/20

    • For Monday 2/24:

      • Auralia HW7

    • For Wednesday 2/26:

      • Auralia HW8

  • 2/12/20

    • For Monday 2/17:

      • Auralia HW5

      • Minor pentatonic scale

      • Rhythm: Ottman pg 159, #10.12 only

    • For Wednesday 2/19:

      • Auralia HW6

      • Chromatic scale

      • Singing: Ottman pg. 87, #6.3 only

  • 2/5/20

    • For Monday 2/10:

      • Auralia HW3

      • Singing quiz - melodic minor and Major pentatonic scales

    • For Wednesday 2/12:

      • Auralia HW4

      • Rhythm quiz - Ottman pg. 49, #4.1 through #4.5

  • 1/29/20

    • For Monday 2/3:

      • Auralia HW1 - due at 10:00 a.m.!

      • Singing quiz - Melodia, page 3, #68-70

    • For Wednesday 2/5:

      • Auralia HW2

      • Singing quiz - Major and natural minor scales

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Old Handouts (before Spring Break)
Web Links

This section contains links to internet sites designed to help you with music theory and ear training! This is just the beginning, a simple search will turn up many websites and apps to help you practice.

  • Interval Reference Songs - somewhat-recent pop songs illustrating all intervals m2-P8.

  • MusicTheory.net - interactive, self-grading practice on ear training and music theory fundamentals; also, you can print free staff paper here. They also have an iPad/iPhone app, Tenuto, that has the same features.

  • Metronome Online - turn your computer into a metronome.

  • Teoria - an excellent resource - interactive lessons and dictation exercises.

  • Online Flash games for ear training (in addition to the above). There are many simple pitch and rhythm games available online. Here are two websites that I like:

    • The Melody Master - this site has a variety of ear training games.

    • Theta Music Trainer - this website hosts dozens of musical games, from pitch to rhyhtm to intonation and beyond. Playing the games requires a free account, which gives access to the basic levels of each game. Purchasing a full account (around $50 per year) gives access to all levels, plus score tracking, etc. I recommend the "Parrot Phrases" and "Tonal Recall" in particular.

  • The Interval Song - illustrates all of the intervals between P1 and P8.

 

Auralia Instructions

We will be using Auralia 6 Cloud Edition for dictation assignments this semester. You need to purchase a $35, one-year rental license for this software; you can then install and use it anywhere. Follow the instructions in the syllabus to buy, register, and set up your account - I will summarize them below.

  1. To purchase, go to this webpage (https://www.risingsoftware.com/shop/cloudstudent/buy?sku=AUCEC). The software costs $35 - don't buy any other version than this one.

    • The School Code is TNTECH, and the PIN is 5QPN.

  2. Download the appropriate software from the links below. Install it and log in. Once your account has been created, I will be able to move you into my class. You can do that yourself from the File > Change Your Details menu, just look for our class in the list of available classes (AT1 - Adduci). You should be able to download right after you buy it, but here are the download URLs for reference:

  3. Please contact me right away with any problems.

  4. For most assignments, you can use the browser version of Auralia, instead of installing the client software on your own computer. You still need to purchase your access as decribed above. LINK TO BROWSER VERSION: https://auralia.cloud

© Jan. 2017 by Michael Adduci, updated 5/1/2020.