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Ear Training & Aural Skills, Part 1: Rhythms

Mastering the art of learning music by ear on any instrument.
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What you are going to learn

Mastering the art of learning music by ear, on any instrument.

Are you a music maker, performer, composer, or aspiring songwriter looking to up your game? This is the place to start.

Ear Training and Aural Skills is the practice of learning to play music by ear, learning to notate music by ear, and learning to understand music on a deeper level just by hearing it. In this class we are going to learn techniques for listening, analyzing, and notating music (writing it down) just by listening. Perfect Pitch is not required.

Here is a list of some of the topics we will cover:
  • Why Do We Care about Ear Training? 
  • The Myth of Perfect Pitch
  • Relative Pitch
  • "True Pitch"
  • Using a Tuner and Metronome
  • Dictation Practice Quizzes
  • Notating Rhythms in 4/4, 3/4, and 2/4
  • Working with Pitch
  • Adding in Rests and Ties
  • Adding in 16th Notes
  • Notating Rhythms in 3/8, 6/8, and 9/8
  • Adding in Triplets
  • A whole lot of things to practice with!
  • And Much, Much, More!

Dr. J. Anthony Allen

Music PhD, Producer, Composer, Instructor, Professor, Author, & Ableton Certified Trainer. 
About
Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated online instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. He currently teaches at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, Slam Academy, and Punkademic Courses.

Course reviews

Freaking incredible class! Jason Allen is an incredible teacher. I've gained so much already. I am already a working musician and this class has made my ear better and I'm only halfway there! Do the exercises! Put in the work and it will pay off! Take this class!
- Eddie De La Rosa
This course is just what I needed. I am an aspiring composer who struggles with brining what I hear or imagine to paper, and this class seems to be the exact fit for my needs.
- Jaiden Valles