I am beginning to teach a new course, and I am seeking some sort of source of simple 4-part dictations that I can use with my class. They have done harmonic dictation already, but have not had to notate inner parts in their previous course. I no longer have access to an academic library, but would nevertheless like to avoid re-creating the wheel myself if I can pick up a simple resource elsewhere.

Are there any good, sequenced sources for 4-part harmonic dictations that I can use with my class?


The above link is great if you want Bach. But if your class isn't ready for 7th/extended chords, 2ndary functions, modulations, +6 chords, Ns, and all the far corners of chromatic harmony, it seems the answer is a big fat no. The majority of undergraduate music students are not yet capable of dictating Bach chorales. I have been in the same boat and have just had to record and upload chorales myself for my students to practice 4 part dictation. Finding just a book with simpler chorales is a challenge in itself. I was however fortunate enough to find a book called "Aural Harmony" by A. Eugene Ellsworth that is filled with 4 part chorales that are categorized by use of specific chords. If there is any site out there with recordings of simpler chorales for dictation, I'd love to know about it.

  • Thanks for revisiting this question! I will check out that book. I'm still hoping for something online and sequenced, but it might just be wishful thinking.
    – Ben I.
    Oct 30 '18 at 16:30

A complete collection of Bach chorales is here: http://www.kunstderfuge.com/bach/chorales.htm.

If that isn't enough, you could try David Cope's collection of 5000 (!!) chorales composed by computer software in the style of Bach. See http://artsites.ucsc.edu/faculty/cope/5000.html.

  • These aren't sequenced for instructional purposes, but this will do very nicely if I don't find other resources. Particularly the Cope collection -- thank you!
    – Ben I.
    Sep 10 '17 at 18:44

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