The ability to read music and to play by ear are important skills for all musicians. Yet, too often the practice of these crucial skills becomes an afterthought as students prepare for performances, auditions, and examinations.
Daily practice of sight reading and ear training builds a foundation for analyzing and learning new music and for aurally recognizing and identifying musical elements. When students strengthen their listening skills and gain fluency in reading rhythm and pitch patterns, they are building a foundation for musicianship that will help them understand, perform, and create music throughout their lives.
The goal of teaching sight reading and ear training in a class, apart from the private lesson, and beginning this at the earliest age of musical training, is to prevent future weaknesses in these two areas which can, in turn, affect examination results.
Poor sight reading and weaknesses in playing by ear can often be the underlying reasons for students withdrawing from studying music.
MSMVan recognizes these weaknesses and hopes to assist students to be more successful in their music studies by strengthening their sight reading and ear training skills.
These classes are open to students within the school as well as outside of the school.
Ear Training Classes
These classes will not only prepare students to pass the RCM examination, but also to play or sing with musicality. The class provides an inspiring, rewarding, and artistically challenging experience for every student, using music games, body gestures, and multi-media tools. Students remain motivated and become more interactive in their musical exploration.
MSMVan has created an innovative ear-training class that is based on the RCM ear-training requirements for Levels 1 to 10, which also includes training students to hear what they are really producing in their own playing. Students will learn to define basic rhythms and pitch from different styles of music and understand the relationships between notes by using the Solfège Method. The classes require ear, eye, voice, and hand coordination in a musical context that has a profound effect on the student’s playing ability.