Simple little ear training exercises like this one can be integrated into your lessons in just a few minutes, and they can make a big difference.
In this quick clip, we’re working on melody playbacks. I always ask my student to pick do when we do these, and then I help them to find re and mi from there.
I then simply play short phrases for them to repeat. It’s easy to make these harder or easier so that my students can be successful. There can be a big range of ability with students’ aural ability who are otherwise at the same level.
This student is a beginner but is exceptionally good at aural skills. (I’ve even wondered for a moment if he had absolute pitch, but it’s actually just very good relative pitch. Very, very good relative pitch.)
Don’t worry if your student doesn’t catch on this quickly. Little doses of ear training will improve their skills over time.
What are quick clips?
Colourful Keys Quick Clips are all about giving you a taste of what my lessons are actually like – in action.
I certainly don’t claim to be an expert, and I don’t have all the answers. I just know how much seeing real teaching with real students has helped me to grow and improve as a teacher.
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