My aspiration as a teacher is to offer meaningful educational lectures and workshops for musicians across various disciplines in music. The following areas of education I provide:
I offer an entire course for music-schools, organisations and universities in 'Ear Training', expanding on the Kodaly philosophy with my book 'Eartraining in Context', utilizing 2+ hours of custom audio-content across various musical styles. This method trains students' inner ear with multi-part solfège of multi-timbral arrangements to prepare them for real working-life situations in bands, orchestras or in the recording studio.
A modern approach on training your inner ear - for students & teachers
Many books and methods on ear training focus solely on solfège and identifying random intervals on the piano, disregarding proper training in how to apply those skills to real modern music situations. In many instances, the musician may perform well during the exercises in class and isolated tests. But his/her knowledge falls short when forced to use those skills in real music situations, surrounded by other musicians and instrumental parts.
What causes this problem and how do we remedy it?
My book 'Ear Training In Context' aims to answer exactly that question and fill that gap by mimicking real-world situations. It contains the fundamentals of melodic & harmonic ear training, while specifically expanding on the importance of tone colors, instrumentation, contextual harmony and common note patterns found in various music styles. With 'Ear Training In Context' musicians equip themselves with multi-timbral relative pitch and will be prepared next time they find themselves in a band, orchestra, improvising on stage or during a session in the recording studio.
What will the students learn?
- Pages can be easily printed/copied for class-use.
- Students keep up to date through both book and online-content and can access the audio exercises at any time in their phone through the QR codes and streamable audio.
- Exercises are setup to work as independent self-study or groupwork.
Advanced sightreading skills are NOT required for this method to work.
'Ear Training In Context' consists out of 100+ pages and 2+ hours of original high quality audio recordings, integrated with the books exercises, covering various styles of music and streamable online at any time. The chapters build up slowly from the basics of solfège to intermediary and advanced levels across multiple styles and is available for musicians from all ages, beginners and pros alike.
The book will be available to schools and students fall 2018, under a registered ISBN internationally and from this website, including access to audio files and streaming.
An excerpt from 'Ear Training In Context'.
Example 1 - Solfège Transcription, Multi-part
Students play the audio and are first introduced to the tone-colors of the instruments used in the arrangement by hearing the instruments play a little que or jingle. This in order to internalize the sound first. When the arrangement starts, students are to analyze each instrument in isolation and write down the correct solfège symbols or scale degrees on the lines below.
Example 2 - Harmonic Intervals
Harmonic Intervals Exercise: different instruments and contextual playing styles such as vibraphonic tremolos, string ostinatos, organ rolls, choral dyads, distorted guitar glissandos and more.