Essential skills are introduced to music students through the four levels of this course. Each skill is continually developed during the four-semester curriculum. In-class activity will include rhythmic drills, sight-singing exercises and dictation exercises. Material covered over the course of four semesters will include: diatonic melody and harmony; chromatic melody and harmony; chord progressions, including chromatic chords; four-part dictation; syncopation and irregular subdivisions; and 20th century materials. Placement exams will determine student level.