Commercial Musicianship II – CMUS 108

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/16/2022

Course Description

A continuation of CMUS 107. Further study of harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic dictation and continued development of tonal center referencing technique. Students continue to sharpen listening skills by identifying the harmonic rhythm of a variety of commercial and representative classical and folk music genres.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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 life-long 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

  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

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Dictations Worksheets (7)

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

Performance Evaluations (PE) (7)

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 through a video submission.

Unit Assignments (7)

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, the student will transcribe a select portion of a song.