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  • Piano & synthesizer
  • Music composition for multimedia (Cubase/VSTs/DAW recording)
  • Ear Training

My book 'Ear Training in Context' expands on the Kodaly concept, utilizing 2+ hours of custom audio-content across various musical styles. The 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.

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'Ear Training In Context'

A modern approach on training your inner ear - for students & teachers

Various teaching books on ear training focus exclusively on solfège and identifying random intervals on the piano, while disregarding how to apply these skills to real modern music situations; - the musician might perform adequate during the isolated exercises in class. But his/her knowledge falls short when forced to use those skills in real music situations, surrounded by other musicians, instrumental parts, time and social peer pressure.

'Ear Training In Context' aims to fill that gap by mimicking real-world situations with its exercises. It applies essential melodic & harmonic ear training, while specifically expanding on the difficulty layers 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 recording session in the studio.

What will you learn?

  • Solfège basics (relative pitch and tonic awareness)
  • Discern different tone-colors, instruments and articulations
  • Melodic & harmonic intervals (band, orchestra, voice)
  • Contextual pattern recognition
  • Transcribe harmonic progressions by ear
  • Methodically transcribe entire arrangements by ear
  • Apply those skills in real music situations such as in a band, orchestra or in the recording studio.


  • 100+ pages of content
  • 2+ hours of original high quality audio exercises
  • Covers many different musical styles
  • Easy printable layouts for class-use
  • Online-content and audio exercises 
  • Selfstudy and/or groupwork
  • Advanced sightreading skills are NOT required
  • NEW: includes exercises based on various albums and projects.

Available to students & institutions in the near future as a registered ISBN release on major book platforms. Check back soon.


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.