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Music 102 - Musicianship Skills II - Erica Lazerow Davis

Course:Musicianship Skills II
Professor:Erica Lazerow Davis
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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I am an opera singer and voice teacher, and I’ve been teaching at COC since 2001.  I teach all the levels of Musicianship Skills, and I’m very familiar with the challenges of learning Musicianship.  In addition to COC, I teach at Cal State Northridge and at my private voice studio here in Santa Clarita.  I’m excited to work with you on your journey to expand your skills as a musician!

Course Description

In this class we will begin by reviewing basic musical concepts, then move on to sight singing and dictation in major keys and simple meters.  After this we will learn new concepts, exploring minor keys and compound meters.  We will also continue to work on ear training by identifying intervals and learning to build and identify triads by ear.  Our main focus will be increasing our competence with sight singing and dictation.

What to Expect in this Course

Most of our testing will be done in person during the face-to-face meetings, but you should expect to practice dictations and ear training in the online part of the class.  You will need to be able to listen to recordings and play them several times.  You should plan on 2 hours of online work per week, split into smaller segments (i.e., 20 minutes per day).  You will be on your own schedule, but you will make the most progress if you do a little bit every day.

Types of Assessments

There will be homework assignments, quizzes on sight singing and dictation, a midterm and a final.  The quizzes and exams will take place during our face-to-face meetings, and the homework and practice will be done and turned in online.

Textbook Information

Our textbook for this course is Rogers/Ottman, Music for Sight Singing, 10th edition.  If you took Music 101 with me, you should already have this book, so there’s no need to buy new materials.  If you are entering this sequence of Musicianship Skills courses for the first time, please buy the book as soon as possible.  You can buy or rent it from our bookstore.  The book is available in print or digital formats, but you will need to have it with you for our in-person meetings, so if you are using the digital version, make sure that you can access it during class.  You will also need music staff paper and pencils.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 09/25/2023 Sub#: 1658