Aural Skills

All graduate music students are expected to demonstrate a competency with aural skills relevant to functional tonal music. To pass the exam you need to be comfortable with hearing and identifying functional chromaticism in both melody and harmony. For melody this means that you need to be able to hear and identify chromatic embellishments and modal mixture. Harmonically you need to be able to hear and identify applied harmonies (secondary dominants), modal mixture harmonies, and altered harmonies (Neapolitan chords and Augmented 6th chords). 


Intervals - Sample

Identify intervals and their qualities. Press play on the media player below to play a soundfile that plays 12 harmonic intervals, spaced about 5 seconds apart. Once playing do not stop or pause the playback. Identify the quality and size of each interval (e.g. Maj 7, or Perfect 4).

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Solution

Intervals sample key


Melodic Dictation - Samples

Using the media player below play the melody - up to 4 times. Notate the melody played beginning on the given note. This example is completely diatonic.

diatonic melody example 1

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Solution

diatonic melody 1 key


Using the media player below play the melody - up to 4 times. Notate the melody played beginning on the given note. This example is completely diatonic.

diatonic melody example 2

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Solution

diatonic melody 2 key


Using the media player below play the melody - up to 5 times. Notate the melody played beginning on the given note. This example features some functional chromaticism.

chromatic melody example 1

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Solution

chromatic melody 1 key


Using the media player below play the melody - up to 5 times. Notate the melody played beginning on the given note. This example features some functional chromaticism.

chromatic melody example 2

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Solution

chromatic melody 2 key


Using the media player below play the melody - up to 7 times. Notate the melody played beginning on the given note. This example uses non-functional chromaticism.

chromatic melody example 3

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Solution

chromatic melody example 3 key


Using the media player below play the melody - up to 7 times. Notate the melody played beginning on the given note. This example uses non-functional chromaticism.

chromatic melody example 4

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Solution

chromatic melody example 4 key


Harmonic Dictation - Samples

Play each example up to 5 times. Notate the soprano and bass line of the played progression. And, give the Roman numeral functions for each of the chords. The harmonies in the examples will be drawn from the following sources:

  • diatonic chords
  • applied chords (secondary dominants)
  • chords (modal mixture)
  • augmented 6th chords (Italian, French, or German)
  • Neapolitan 6th chords

Example 1

harmonic dictation example 1

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Solution

harm diat ii6 key


Example 2

harmonic dictation example 2

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Solution

harmonic dictation example 2 key


Example 3

harmonic dictation example 3

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Solution

harmonic dictation example 3 key


Example 4

harmonic dictation example 4

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Solution

harmonic dictation example 4 key


Example 5

harmonic dictation example 5

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Solution

harmonic dictation example 5 key


Example 6

harmonic dictation example 6

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Solution

harmonic dictation example 6 key


Example 7

harmonic dictation example 7

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Solution

harmonic dictation example 7 key


Example 8

harmonic dictation example 8

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Solution

harmonic dictation example 8 key


Example 9

harmonic dictation example 9

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Solution

harmonic dictation example 9 key


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