CKQC029: Solfa identification aural exercise for beginner piano students

I brought solfa into my piano studio a few years ago, to help with sight singing. This has quickly expanded and I now try to include an aural exercise in every lesson.

Sometimes things get in the way, but if I miss a week, it’s first on the agenda the following week.

Doing an aural exercise in every lesson is so important because it helps with so many other aspects of music learning. Apart from the obvious benefits of being able to play by ear more easily, it also helps with general listening skills.

Have you ever had a student who just did not listen to themselves…at all?! An aural exercise each week will prevent that trend from taking hold.

Ear training doesn’t have to take long either. The beginner exercise you see in this video takes about 2 minutes of lesson time.

This student is really accurate, don’t expect all students to catch on this easily. If your student has real trouble, reduce to just two notes.

You can always expand this later but you want them to feel successful first. That’s the primary goal.

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9 thoughts on “CKQC029: Solfa identification aural exercise for beginner piano students”

  1. Great clip! I love using slfa in my teaching. I have found it essential for sight dining later on for the response to be sung in tune. Do you ask for this too oncevstudents are comfortable?

  2. I love the idea of having them use body movements to represent the pitch! Bubble Tones is also a fun app that helps my students with basic solfa ear training.

  3. Awesome, Nicola! I’ve been wondering how to incorporate solfa into my lessons (it wasn’t something I was introduced to until college), so this is perfect! I’m going to try it today! Do you wait to introduce the hand symbols, or do you introduce them at the same time you introduce the note names?

    • I use the hand symbols sometimes, mostly as we’re singing patterns of notes to practice the intervals. Some students know the hands signs from school (only a few) and those kids are welcome to use them all the time and often do.

  4. Hi Nicola, I would like to incorporate singing into my lessons; so thank you for the tips! My question is, how do I approach it with a student who refuses to sing? I have a couple students that are very resistantvto singing. Even when I offer to sing together they won’t do it. What do I do? Thank you!


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