Ronald Van Deurzen


I offer private lessons, lectures and workshops for musicians across various disciplines in music. During my lessons I often implement examples from past freelance projects where applicable. My teaching style is concise yet relaxed, but I always adjust my teaching to the student's needs.

  • Piano/synthesizer
  • Music Composition for Multimedia
  • VST/MIDI composing (in Cubase), Getting The Most Out Of Your Sample Libraries
  • 'Ear Training In Context'

The course-material I offer for students, music-schools, and organisations is in 'Ear Training' and expands 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.

I teach in class form and privately using English, Dutch or Swedish. If you would like to receive lessons with me you can leave a note through the Contact-form on the website regarding a consultation. From there we will see together how far you are right now, what your goals are and where you want to go.

Skype: ronaldvandeurzen

Email me: info@ronaldvandeurzen.com

"The lectures were performed in English and were highly appreciated"

Percy Bergman, Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Sweden

Ronald van Deurzen musiklärare

"The impact on the musical development of our students, motivation and enjoyment of the course-work has been tremendous"

Weerasak Aksontung, Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts, RS University, Thailand

'Ear Training In Context'

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

Many 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. In practice, 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 and instrumental parts.

So, how do we remedy this problem?

My book 'Ear Training In Context' aims to answer exactly that question and fill that gap by mimicking real-world situations with its exercises. It applies essential 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?

  • Solfège (relative pitch and tonic awareness)
  • Discern different tone-colors, instruments and articulations
  • Melodic & harmonic intervals (band, orchestra, voice)
  • Simplifying groups of notes through 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 through QR codes/audio stream
  • Selfstudy and/or groupwork
  • Advanced sightreading skills are NOT required
  • NEW: includes exercises featuring content from Euphoria Station 'The Reverie Suite'.

Available to schools and students 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.

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