Singapore University of Social Sciences

Aural Musicianship

Aural Musicianship (BMU211)

Applications Open: 01 April 2021

Applications Close: 31 May 2021

Next Available Intake: July 2021

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course, SkillsFuture Series

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2523 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C), Resilience 2020

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Developing good aural skills is an important part of any music education and the ability to hearhow music works helps with all aspects of music-making and learning. BMU211 AuralMusicianship seeks to develop the practical (aural and analytical) skills relevant to the needs ofstudents through a combination of practical exercises, score study, andanalysis of examples. Through practice, students would be able to better acquire auraldiscrimination and fluent score-reading, and to gain a fluent and functional understanding ofmusical concepts in music.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Pitch matching and group memory
  • Pulse and duration
  • Major and Minor Key
  • Simple and Compund Time
  • Imperfect consonances: 3rd and 6th interval
  • Perfect consonances: 4th, 5th and Octave interval
  • Dissonant Intervals: 2nd, 6th, 7th interval
  • Triads (I, IV, V, V7)
  • Chords ii and II
  • Chords vi, 1st inversion
  • Chords minor key: I, iv, V, V7
  • Mapping: Phrases and candences

Learning Outcome

  • Identify, sing or notate given diatonic intervals and triads.
  • Verify the key or mode of the given musical piece.
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow the rhythmic pulse of the given music.
  • Analyse textual handling of a given melody or harmony through sketches.
  • Discriminate aurally the melodic, rhythmic and harmonic structures through sketches.
  • Apply analytical and theoretical knowledge for questions delivered in an aural music test.
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