Module 1 ExaminationClick here to Print

(Suggested Completion Time: 50-60 minutes)


Exercise A

Write the following key signatures from memory, and name the relative key beneath the given key.

A major E major B minor


Exercise B

Write the following scales using accidentals instead of key signatures.

1. The harmonic minor scale in which: A is 3^

2.  The relative major scale of B minor

3. The relative minor scale (melodic form) of A major

Exercise C

Name pitches above or below the given pitch name at the required interval. Possibilities are: diatonic half step, chromatic half step, whole step, and fifth.

Sample solution:
What pitch lies a fifth above A? Answer: E

What pitch lies:

  1. a whole step above D? ____

  2. a diatonic half step below G? ____

  3. a fifth above B? ____

  4. a whole step below F? ____

  5. a chromatic half step above C? ____


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Exercise D

Re-notate the tune below in the relative major. Maintain the scale-degree pattern in your transposition.


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Sight Singing


Exercise E

Using scale degree numbers or fixed do solfège, sing the following short melodic fragments in a comfortable register. Determine the key and mode, give yourself scale degree 1, and sing 1^-3^-5^ before you sight sing the fragment.




Exercise F
Melodic dictation

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


1. ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
2. ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
3. ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____


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Exercise G
Melodic dictation

Notate the pitches of the major- and minor-mode melodies that are played in different keys. Scale degree 1 will sound before the example is played.



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Exercise H
Scale fragments

1. Given the following 2- or 3-note scale fragments, play the major scale(s) of which they are members. Hint: Remember that half steps occur both between 3^ and 4^ and between 7^ and 8^.

2. In the following example, you are given 2-note scale fragments. Play the minor scale(s) of which they are members.

Exercise I
Playing major and minor scales derived from non-tonic pitches

Construct the requested scale derived from the scale-degree function of the given pitch. For example, given the pitch G, 5^, and harmonic minor mode, you count down five scale degrees to C and then play a C harmonic minor scale.


given pitch: C F A B E B D C
given scale degree: 4^ 3^ 7^ 4^ 3^ 3^ 3^ 7^
given mode: Major→ minor (harm)→

Exercise J
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.