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Ear Training Resources

How well can you identify things like harmonic progressions, meters, cadences and scale degrees when you hear real music played by professional musicians?
These web pages isolate various musical elements in short excerpts to help you practice.

Melodic Dictation on the Web


By Dave Smey
This is a fairly easy and convenient way for you to practice your dictation away from the classroom. The main page gives the basic setup for each passage (clef, time signature, key signature, starting note, starting rhythmic value), a link to a sound file, and links to the answer.

Unit I: Rhythm ReviewPresents short rhythmic phrases in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4, using mostly quarter-notes and eighth-notes.
Unit II: Beginners' MelodiesMostly stepwise figures with extremely simple rhythms.
Unit III: Tonic-based melodiesMelodies that emphasize the tonic triad in major keys.
Unit IV: 6/8 and 12/88 rhythmic dictations in compound meters.
Unit V: Melodies with some V Major and minor keys.
Unit VI: Major melodies with some IV Fairly simple melodies with movement into the IV chord.
Unit VII: Melodies with Wicked V7 ActionThese melodies include some arpeggiation of V7. Major keys.
Unit VIII: Minor Melodies5 melodies, including one 6/8.
Unit IX: Rhythms with 16th NotesSome short, non-syncopated rhythmic passages.
Unit X: 2-part "Counterpoint Style"2-part passages in which the melody and bass line have mostly equal rhythmic values.
Unit IX: 2-part active melody + simple bass line updated for finals Spring '05



Print the PDF and then use the audio examples that are linked for each set.

Melody 1.pdf - Stepwise motion in major keys. 7 to 15 notes in 4/4, 3/4, or 6/8 time, with divisions of the beat. (30 examples click here for the audio files)
Melody 2.pdf - Skips in the tonic triad in major keys. 7 to 15 notes, add 2/2, 3/2, 2/4, 3/8, and 9/8 meters. (30 examples click here for the audio files)
Melody 3.pdf - Minor keys. Other parameters same as levels 1 and 2 above. (30 examples click here for the audio files)






Harmonic Ear Training

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Rhythmic Ear Training

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Rhythmic Dictation
*Rhythm Notation
*Reading Rhythm


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