Commercial Musicianship I – CMUS 107

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/15/2020

Course Description

Listening skills are developed through rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic dictation. Commercial musicianship skills are refined through sight singing and rhythm exercises from a variety of styles. Special attention is given to tonal center referencing. The course also develops the ability to identify harmonic rhythm while listening to a variety of musical styles.




Aural perception and sight reading are essential skills for any person desiring to function successfully in the field of music. While such skills require many years to develop, the fundamental elements must be explored for a successful music career with intent to build skills. Skills are practiced and immediately applied to “real world” situations. Likewise, the listening portion is designed to develop the skill of listening to music from a variety of media sources in order to do transcriptions of melody and harmony for use in diverse musical settings.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Transcribe basic musical phrases and harmonic progressions through aural dictation/transcription.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to sing at sight melodic and rhythmic excerpts from a variety of music styles and literature.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to sing scale pitches using Numbers and Solfege syllables for accurate “pitch-hearing” development.
  4. Transcribe excepts from given musical examples.

Course Assignment

Lecture Presentations & Practice Resources

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Dictations Worksheets

Students will demonstrate the ability to hear and notate musical elements explored in weekly video lectures.

Performance Evaluations

The student will be evaluated weekly on the material reviewed in the assigned textbook unit. Regular practice of assignments is required and encouraged for successful completion of the course. Evaluations are designed to track the student’s skill development. Each evaluation is completed using the SmartMusic software.

Unit Assignments

The student will apply listening techniques and skills to “real world” situations by notating what is requested on each Unit Assignment.

Final Project

Using a provided list (see Blackboard), the student will transcribe a select portion of a song in leadsheet format.