Hearing and Singing
This class focuses on developing fluency with the rudiments of music and is the required aural corollary to Theory I: Materials of Music. As students begin to explore the fundamental concepts of written theory—reading notes on the staff, interpreting rhythm—Hearing and Singing works to translate these sights into sounds. The use of solfège helps in this process, as ear, mind, and voice begin to understand the relationship between the pitches of the scale. Rhythm drills help solidify a sense of rhythm and a familiarity with rhythm patterns. In-class chorale singing supports this process. This class fulfills the performance component of the Music Program for those beginning students who are not ready to participate in other ensembles. Students who demonstrate proficiency for this subject may advance directly into Basic Aural Skills. All incoming students will take a diagnostic test to determine placement.