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Listening

Exercise A
Mode identification

Identify the mode (major or minor) for each of the musical excerpts.

 

1. ______ 2. ______ 3. ______ 4. ______ 5. ______ 6.______

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Exercise B
Melodic dictation

Notate scale degree numbers of the minor-mode melodies that are played in different keys.

 

1. ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 2. ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
3.____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 4.____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
5.____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

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Exercise C
Melodic dictation

Notate scale degree numbers of the major- and minor-mode melodies that are played in different keys.

 

1. ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 2. ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
3.____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 4.____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
5.____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____

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Singing

Exercise D
Sight singing

  • Using scale degree numbers, sing the following minor mode melodic fragments in a comfortable register.
  • Then, sing the fragments in the parallel major or minor mode.

 


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Writing

Exercise E
Writing scales

Notate the following scales on manuscript paper. Use accidentals (instead of key signatures) and mark each half and whole step. Begin by writing the first scale (F melodic minor) in bass clef and the next in treble clef. Continue alternating clefs for each scale.

 

1. Melodic minor: a. F b. A c. B
2. Harmonic minor: a. G b. B c. C
3. Natural minor: a. D b. E c. E

Exercise F
Writing Scales

Write the following scales on manuscript paper, using accidentals instead of key signatures.

 

1. The major scale in which: a. E is 4^ b. G is 5^ c. Cis 2^ d. B is 7^
2. The major scale in which: a. A is supertonic b. D is mediant c. F is submediant  
3. The harmonic minor scale
in which:
a. A is 3^ b. C is 7^ c. E is 5^  
4. The relative major scale of: a. G minor b. C minor c. B minor  
5. The relative minor scale
(melodic form) of:
a. E minor b. E major    
6. The parallel major scale of: a. E minor b. C major    

Exercise G
Scalar Membership

Determine the major and minor scales that contain the following three-and four-pitch fragments. For example, given the pitches F-G-A, there are at least six scales that contain these pitches (three major and three relative minor, shown by connecting slurs). Note: consider all forms of the minor scale.

 



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Exercise H
Scale Degrees and Transposition

Determine the major or minor key implied by the short melodic fragments and label each pitch using scale degree numbers. Then, using accidentals (not a key signature), transpose each example to the key implied by the given starting pitch.

 


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Playing at the Keyboard

Exercise I
Sing and Play

Continue the scale degree patterns below until you return to the tonic. Alternate playing and singing such that you begin a pattern by playing it, then sing the first repetition, then play again, and so on until the end. Use scale degrees or fixed do solfège when you sing. Be able to transpose the patterns to major and minor keys up to two flats or two sharps.

1. 1^ - 2^ - 3^, 2^ - 3^ - 4^, 3^ - 4^ - 5^, …
2. 1^ - 7^ - 1^ - 2^ - 3^, 2^ - 1^ - 2^ - 3^ - 4^, 3^ - 2^ - 3^ - 4^ - 5^, …
3. 1^ - 3^ - 2^ - 1^, 2^ - 4^ - 3^ - 2^, 3^ - 5^ - 4^ - 3^, …
4. 3^ - 4^ - 3^ - 2^ - 1^, 4^ - 5^ - 4^ - 3^ - 2^, 5^ - 6^ - 5^ - 4^ - 3^, …
5. 1^ - 3^ - 5^ - 2^ - 1^, 2^ - 4^ - 6^ - 3^ - 2^, 3^ - 5^ - 7^ - 4^ - 3^, …

Exercise J
Keyboard: Sing and play

Perform the exercises as required. Use your right hand to play in the treble clef and the left hand to play in the bass clef. Since the piano part guides what you will then sing, listen carefully as you play.

 



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