School of Music
Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)
Aural Skills, Ear Training, Harmonic Dictation, Audiation, Voice-leading
Education | Music
Dunmire, Caroline E., "Audiating and Vocalizing Voice-Leading in Seventh Chords: Harmonic Recognition in Freshman Ear-Training Courses" (2019). Masters Theses. 592.
Harmonic dictation is one of the most challenging topics in the aural skills curriculum. Consequently, researchers have identified sub-skills associated with success in ear-training. Among these are development of audiation skills, understanding of functional harmonic progression, and scale degree resolution. The PASS Method teaches chord quality through a four-step process of playing, audiating, singing, and solving the voice-leading paths in common tonal resolutions. This method was examined in a quantitative study of 52 freshman ear-training students in which a control group studied seventh chords through the traditional, Arpeggiated Method and an experimental group used the PASS Method. The experimental group performed better than the control on the whole, and the PASS Method was particularly effective for chordal instrumentalists.