Aural Skills I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 119

       Course Name: Aural Skills I

       Credits: 1 (0 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course deals with beginning aural skills. Content includes basic intervals, chords, scales, rhythms and meter signatures, correlated with areas of sight singing and keyboard harmony. Course must be taken in tandem with MUS 121 (Music Theory I).

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To identify aurally the basic intervals, chords, scales, rhythms and meter signatures, correlated with areas of sight singing and keyboard harmony accurately describing played examples.
  2. To sight sing.
  3. To identify and play keyboard harmonies.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Tandem with: MUS 121 (Theory I)

Representative topics such as:

  1. simple intervals
  2. ascending and descending major and minor modes
  3. major, minor, diminished and augmented triads in root position
  4. non-dotted rhythms including whole notes through sixteenth notes
  5. dotted rhythms including whole notes through sixteenth notes
  6. rhythmic patterns including triplets
  7. simple meter signatures
  8. one-part melodies of four measures length
  9. functional piano skills (right hand)

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Instruction includes lecture, explanation, dictation, and performance of aural skills.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Sight sing treble and bass clef melodies.
  2. Keyboard application of scales, intervals and triads.
  3. Dictation of the various skills listed in the outline of topics.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

  1. Handouts and printed music will be supplied.
  2. Computer software as appropriate.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

There will be examinations and quizzes.  Each examination will be based on the content of the assigned material and on information presented in class by the instructor.

XI.   Other Course Information

Specific policies on attendance, grading, project assignments, quizzes, make-up exams, etc. are determined and will be distributed to the class by the individual instructor.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.