Ear-Training for Beginners

Ear-training is perpetual guilt thing with teachers:

I feel that you should spend precious lesson time on skills your students can put to use immediately in their assignments. Ear-training is actually one of those things, but probably not in the fashion you and I learned it in college. Even the earliest beginners can begin ear-training, and it doesn't have to be a separate part of the lesson if you don't want to do it that way. Use "mistakes" in songs and stumbling places in new pieces as opportunities to talk about ear-training.

Here's what I teach (and in order of presentation).

I feel these are the basics every student should know. If you want to get into the other intervals, do so, but my guess is that by this point your students will have other needs, primarily keyboard harmony and music theory.

copyright 1996, Martha Beth Lewis, Ph.D.
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