Sight Reading and Ear Training

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.

In these classes, students will focus on developing comprehensive reading ability and aural understanding of musical elements from beginner to advanced levels. In addition to preparing students for the ear training & sight-reading RCM examination requirements, students will gain important skills that form the foundation for how they hear, play and/or sing music.

These classes are open to students within the school as well as outside of the school.

Ear Training

  • Levels Prep to RCM 5 | Wednesdays 5:00-5:30pm | Teacher: Dr. Jenny Dou (BMus, MMus, DMus)
  • Levels RCM 6 and up | Wednesdays 6:00-6:30pm | Teacher: Dr. Jenny Dou (BMus, MMus, DMus)
  • Textbook: Course package designed by the instructor

Sight Reading

  • Levels Prep to 1 | Mondays 5:30-6:00pm | Teacher: Mikyla Jensen (BMus, MMus, MA, DMA(cand))
  • Levels 2 to 3 | Mondays 5:00-5:30pm | Teacher: Mikyla Jensen (BMus, MMus, MA, DMA(cand))
  • Levels 4 to 5 | Fridays 4:30-5:00pm | Teacher: Maya Schenk (BA)
  • Levels 6 to 8 | Thursdays 5:30-6:00pm | Teacher: Delaram Khayyam (BMus)
  • Textbooks: RCM Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests Levels Prep-8
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