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National Park, AR · General Education · General Education Com Arts

Aural Skills I

  • Spring 2021
  • Section
  • 1 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 05/15/2021
  • Modified 01/19/2021

Class Information

  • Class Days:  As an online class, students may log on and complete lessons at their own schedule.  However, all deadlines, including those within the term, must be met as presented in D2L.
  • Class Time: As an online class, students may log on and complete lessons at their own schedule.  However, all deadlines, including those within the term, must be met as presented in D2L.
  • Class Location: D2L Course Page 
  • Class Format: Online



Week 1* (1/13): Module 0, Getting to know each other (discussing music informally)

Week 2* (1/19): Module 1, Introduction to major solfege

Week 3 (1/25): Module 1, Exercises in major solfege

Week 4 (2/1): Module 1, Exercises in major solfege

Week 5 (2/8): Module 2, Introduction to major dictation

Week 6 (2/15): Module 2, Exercises in major solfege and dictation

Week 7 (2/22): Module 2, Exercises in major solfege and dictation

Week 8 (3/1): Module 3, Exercises in minor solfege

Week 9 (3/8): Module 3, Exercises in minor solfege

Week 10 (3/15): Module 3, Exercises in minor solfege

Week 11 (3/29): Module 4, Introduction to minor dictation

Week 12 (4/5): Module 4, Exercises in minor solfege and dictation

Week 13 (4/12): Module 4, Exercises in minor solfege and dictation

Week 14 (4/19*): Module 6, Exercises in major/minor solfege and dictation

Week 15 (4/26): Module 6, Exercises in major/minor solfege and dictation

Week 16 (12/7*): Module 7, Exercises in major/minor solfege and dictation

Finals Period (5/3–5/8): The online portion of the final will be available to students beginning at 8:30 AM on 5/3 and lasting until 11:59 5/7.  The performance portion of the final will be conducted by individual appointment.

*abbreviated week


Course Description

This course begins the development of aural skills; the ability to listen and recognize harmonic and melodic structure in music and sight singing; the ability to read both melodic and rhythmic patterns in music at sight. Emphasis will be placed upon melodic and harmonic dictation, interval recognition and continued practice of sight reading examples.

ACTS Equivalent: None

Prerequisites: MUS 1103 - Fundamentals Of Music.

Corequisites: MUS 1113 - Music Theory I.

Next Course in Sequence:  MUS 1141, Aural Skills II


General Education Purpose and Objectives


National Park College (NPC) is committed to its mission statement, "Learning is our focus, student success is our goal."  NPC is dedicated to helping all students develop as communicators, critical thinkers, and professionals who behave ethically and recognize the diversity of the world around them. The General Education Objectives are designed to be an integral component of all courses at NPC.

General Education Objectives (GEO)

It is the expectation that upon successful completion of a certificate or degree program at National Park College, the student will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively using oral, written, and electronic methods.
  2. Use critical and analytical thinking skills.
  3. Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  4. Exemplify professional demeanor, ethical behavior, and respect for diversity.

Course Level Objectives (CLO)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize aurally basic musical phrase structures and forms.  (GEO 1, 2, 3, 4)
  2. Demonstrate correct sight-reading of melodies and rhythms.  (GEO 1, 2, 3, 4)
  3. Demonstrate accurate rhythmic and melodic dictation.  (GEO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Required and Recommended Materials

Required Textbook:

   Title of Textbook: Music for Sight Singing

   ISBN:   978-1-133-30797

   Author: Benjamin, Thomas, Michael Horvit and Robert Nelson

   Publisher: Shirmer/Cengage Learning


Title of Textbook: Rhythmic Training

   ISBN:  9780769293752

   Author: Starer, Robert

   Publisher: Universal/MCA Music Publishing


Course Activities

- Prepared Rhythms/Melodies - These are rhythms/melodies assigned to be submitted by recording or for performance at a particular individual coaching.

- Prepared Dictation - These are dictation exercises for submission on D2L

- Individual Coaching - A weekly appointment where the student will complete sight-singing, proctored dictation, and any other supplementary exercises (e.g., arpeggiation of chord sequences)

- Sight-singing - Unprepared performance of a rhythm or melody

- Proctored dictation - Unlike dictation from an assigned recording, dictation which is proctored in a live session with your instructor

Grading Policy

At the end of the course, the overall numerical grade will be converted from a numerical scale to the following letter grade scale as indicated in the Grading Scale.

Prepared Assignments (submitted dictation and prepared rhythms/melodies): 30%

Sight-singing: 15%

Proctored Dictation: 15%

Midterm Exam: 15%

Final Exam: 25%



89.5-100%: A

79.5-89.4%: B

69.5-79.4%: C

59.5-69.4%: D

Below 59.5%: F

Course Policies

Attendance: To be considered "in attendance," all course lessons and their activities must be completed in full within one calendar week of their opening.  Failure to complete a lesson within such a timeframe will be considered an "absence."  You must "be present at" (i.e., complete) no fewer than 85% of meetings to receive credit for the course.

- No late or makeup work will be accepted.

- No extra credit will be given.

- Feedback and Response Time: You should receive a response to course inquiries sent via D2L within 24-48 hours, excepting weekends. 




Time and Effort Commitment:  The key to success in this class is persistent effort.  You should carefully consider your time obligations before committing to this course.  The general suggestion for all college courses of 2 hours work per week outside class for every hour credited definitely applies to this course. (You should expect 2 hours of homework a week for a 1 hour course, plus the hour you would normally be attending class for a total of 4 hours.)  NOTE:  Different students confront the material of this course with different musical aptitude.  The time needed for a particular learner to master the material may exceed the formula above.  Students are expected to practice enough to master the material, for a passing grade. 


Inclement Weather / D2L Downtime: When NPC is out of class due to weather, our class will continue as set in the calendar. The only time this will be modified is in the case of an unplanned Blackboard downtime. If Blackboard goes down unannounced, any assignments that are due during that time will be reopened for one day. Blackboard down time that is announced by the NPC Online office will need to be observed by the learner and assignment submission modified by the learner if it interferes with a final due date/time for any assignment.


Communication Policy: I am here to help you understand the material.  I will closely monitor all online communications.  My aim is to have a learning community where we can all share knowledge, ideas, and experiences – and thus learn from one another.  I may give you information periodically through Blackboard Announcements, Blackboard or discussion.  For your own benefit, please learn how to use these resources and monitor them closely to keep informed. You will be held responsible for all of the information I provide. Below is a guide for how you can get your questions answered quickly. 


LMS E-mail:  Use the email built into the LMS for private discussion between the two of us.  We will use this instead of NPC webmail.  This keeps all communication within the course and provides me with notification when you have posted something and vice-versa.  You may also use the LMS instant messaging feature anytime you are online and have a question and see that I am online too.


Expectations for Written Assignments:  Although you are not required to refer to secondary sources in your assessed work for this course, all work that is not your own (including indirect quotes or ideas that are not yours) must be cited according to MLA style.  Failure to cite the ideas or work of another thinker constitutes plagiarism, and is grounds for failing the entire course.   

NPC Policies

Board Policy 6.600 -- NPC Attendance Policy

Instructions to Students regarding attendance:

  1. Students are responsible to know and comply with syllabus attendance and coursework guidelines in each of their courses.
  2. Students are expected to meet all attendance requirements and engage in coursework as outlined in the course syllabus. Failure to maintain satisfactory course participation is the equivalent of excessive absenteeism and may result in the student being dropped. To maintain good-standing in online courses, students are expected to submit assigned coursework in a timely manner per instructor requirements.
  3. Students participating in athletics or a college-sponsored extracurricular activity are required to communicate scheduled absences ahead of time and to make arrangements with their instructors regarding missed coursework, including exams. The instructor determines how academic work associated with a college-sponsored absence(s) can be completed by the student.
  4. Failure to meet a course’s attendance policy does not mean a student will be automatically withdrawn from a course. Students seeking to withdraw from a course should do so either online through the student’s account or in person by visiting Student Affairs.
  5. Students who do not withdraw from a course by the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date will receive an earned grade.
  6. A faculty member may administratively withdraw a student from a course, including online courses, any time during the semester up to the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date if attendance does not meet syllabus guidelines.
  7. Students will not be administratively withdrawn by faculty after the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date except in life-changing circumstances or as a result of military orders.
  8. The withdrawal of a student from all courses may require the student to repay all or a portion of the financial aid received as calculated by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with government grant guidelines.
  9. Only in extraordinary circumstances may a student earn a grade of IP (In Progress) to defer course completion. Please see the Incomplete Grades policy in the Student Handbook located at

The full attendance policy is available by clicking on this link to the Board Policy

Academic Honesty Policy

National Park College considers honesty and integrity as essential qualities of any learning institution. The faculty and staff strive to live up to these qualities in all aspects of their lives and encourage their students to do the same. Integrity and moral values will carry over in to their professional lives and careers. NPC’s goal is to successfully prepare all students for their futures and equip them to handle whatever challenges they may face; therefore, NPC considers academic dishonesty as unacceptable.

Any NPC students who display dishonesty in their behavior while attending classes at NPC will be subject to disciplinary action to help the student first and foremost, but to also protect the rights, dignity, and property of others while maintaining an environment that fosters success and learning.

Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy will not be tolerated on the campus. Violations may range from receiving an “F” on the assignment in question up to permanent removal from the College.

  1. Technology manipulation
  2. Collusion
  3. Deception
  4. Misrepresentation and Lying
  5. Cheating
  6. Plagiarism
  7. Fabrication and Falsification
  8. Stealing, Defacing, and Destruction of Property

Please take time to read the entire policy, which can be found by clicking on this link to the Academic Honesty Policy.

LMS Policy

Brightspace by Desire to Learn (D2L) is the official learning management system (LMS) for the College. All students are expected to complete the LMS Student Training prior to the first day of class during their first semester here. Below you will find various policies relating to the LMS.

Privacy Policy:  Links to the privacy policies for all external tools used in the course are provided in the LMS. You can find the various privacy policies by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Accessibility Statement:  Links to the accessibility statements for all technologies required in the course are provided in LMS. You can find the various accessibility statements by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Netiquette Policy:  The netiquette policy for this course is located in your course in the LMS. You can find the Netiquette policies by clicking on the Netiquette Link by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Flexibility Clause:  The aforementioned requirements, assignments, policies, evaluation procedures, etc., are subject to change. Learners’ experiences and needs, as well as emerging knowledge, will be considered in modifying this course syllabus.

ADA Statement

National Park College (NPC) believes in providing equal access and opportunity to qualified persons with disabilities in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990; and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. It is our goal to ensure equal and comprehensive access to College programs, services, and campus facilities. It is the policy of NPC that no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, and advantages or accommodations at the College. National Park College’s ADA statement may be accessed by clicking on this link to ADA statement.

The Disability Services office is located in Room 225 of the Student Commons Building. You are also welcome to call us at (501) 760-4227 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. Students with disabilities should visit our website using this link to disability services for more information.

Student Resources

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center provides tutoring and other resources to help students succeed. Visit our webpage at this link to the Academic Success Center.

Computer Services Department

The Computer Services Department provides computing resources for students including password resets. Visit our webpage at this link to the Computer Services Department.

NPC Library

The NPC Library provides a wide variety of services to students. Visit the NPC Library website.

LMS Support

Support for the LMS is available through NPC Online by email to [email protected], phone at 501-760-4292, or visit Charlotte Phelps Room 204.

Testing Center

The Testing Center provides test support for students and faculty. To learn more about the testing center visit our webpage at Testing Center.

Class Schedule

The schedule for this course will be made available in the LMS.  The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule as the semester progresses.

Course Evaluations

Students will be asked to evaluate their instructor and course near the end of the semester. These student evaluations are very important to the improvement in the quality of instruction and course materials. All results are anonymous and shared with the faculty only after the semester is over and grades have been posted.

Legal Disclaimer

The schedule, policies, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances or by mutual agreement between the instructor and the students. The instructor will always inform the students of any changes in a timely manner.

In the event of a community crisis the college reserves the right to change the mode of instruction for any or all classes.