Singapore University of Social Sciences

Aural Musicianship (BMU211)


Developing good aural skills is an important part of any music education and the ability to hear how music works helps with all aspects of music-making and learning. BMU211 Aural Musicianship seeks to develop the practical (aural and analytical) skills relevant to the needs of students through a combination of practical exercises, score study, and analysis of examples. Through practice, students would be able to better acquire aural discrimination and fluent score-reading, and to gain a fluent and functional understanding of musical 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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