PRACTICE DICTATIONS:

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General instructions for melodic dictation

  • In the first few chapters, you will only be required to use protonotation (see Instructional Videos)

  • Once you begin standard notation, the information you need will be given to the right of audio title (e.g. /4; 3 flats means the time signature will feature a '4' on the bottom and the key signature will feature 3 flats)

  • The opening clicks will always give you the beat unit; do not feature it in your dictation

CHAPTER 1: Introduction to rhythm protonotation

  • Only protonotation of rhythm

  • Major mode; simple meter; all excerpts are 4 measures long

Chapter 1.A Clarinet -
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Chapter 1.B Viola -
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CHAPTER 2: Introduction to pitch protonotation

  • Only protonotation of pitch

  • Major mode; simple meter; all excerpts are 4 measures long

Chapter 2.A French Horn -
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Chapter 2.B Trombone -
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CHAPTER 3: Combining pitch and rhythm protonotation

  • Protonotation of both pitch and rhythm

  • Major mode; simple meter; all excerpts are 4 measures long

Chaper 3.A Alto Sax -
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Chapter 3.B French Horn -
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CHAPTER 4: Subdivisions of the beat in simple meter

  • Protonotation of both pitch and rhythm

  • Major mode; simple meter; all excerpts are 4 measures long

Chapter 4.A Viola -
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Chapter 4.B Clarinet -
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CHAPTER 5: Introduction to standard notation

  • Standard (normal) notation of both pitch and rhythm (for the rest of the exercises for all chapters)

  • Major mode; simple meter; all excerpts are 4 measures long

Chapter 5.A Alto Sax - /4; 4 sharps
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Chapter 5.B Viola - /8; 3 flats
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CHAPTER 6: Introducing large skips between tonic triad members: do, mi, and sol

  • See previous instructions (i.e. use standard notation for all remaining exercises for all chapters)

  • Major mode; simple meter; all excerpts are 4 measures long

Chapter 6.A French Horn - /4; 4 flats
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Chapter 6.B Alto Sax - /4; 2 flats
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CHAPTER 7: Introduction to longer dictations

  • Major mode; simple meter; all excerpts are 8 measures long

Chapter 7.A Clarinet - /4; 2 flats
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Chapter 7.B Viola - /4; 2 flats
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CHAPTER 8: Introducing dots with longer dictations

  • Major mode; simple meter; all excerpts are 6 - 8 measures long

Chapter 8.A French Horn - /4; 1 flat
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Chapter 8.B Trombone - /8; 2 sharps
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CHAPTER 9: Introducing ties with longer dictations

  • Major mode; simple meter; all excerpts are 4 - 8 measures long

Chapter 9.A Alto Sax - /4; 1 sharp
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Chapter 9.B French Horn - /4; 2 flats
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CHAPTER 10: Leaps to members of the V chord: ti and re

  • Major mode; simple meter; all excerpts are 4 - 8 measures long

Chapter 10.A Viola - /4; 3 sharps
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Chapter 10.B Clarinet - /4; 1 sharp
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CHAPTER 11: Introduction to compound meter

  • Major mode; compound meter; all excerpts are 4 measures long

Chapter 11.A Alto Sax - /8; 3 sharps
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Chapter 11.B Cello - /8; 2 sharps
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