Ear Training Encouragement
As many of you may know I’ve written quite a few books about ear training. I initially wrote these books for my students because I had such great success with this method. ( I arrived at it after years of using the “interval” method taught at most schools with very limited results.) I’m always gratified when I receive success stories from my students –especially when they are only 7 years old! I’ve often thought that if we could only get parents to sit down and work on ear training with their kids we would have a world of super musicians. Maybe someday… Anyway, here is a recent email I received from Julie Lolos who should be commended for loving her child enough to give him the gift of hearing music and at the same time getting herself to the point where she can realize her own musical dreams:
“Dear Mr. Arnold, it has been several months since I updated you with the progress made by my 7 year old son and me. We started One Note Intermediate and Contextual Ear Training in late January 2010. We can both name all seven diatonic notes with accuracy and speed, and the non-diatonics are starting to stick. We can both sing 1, 2,3,4,5, and 7 and some 6’s. We are currently working on 6.
Just last week, I was admitted into our church liturgical choir. Admittance is based on passage of quite a few skill tests, including sight reading 4 unfamiliar hymns, perfectly. Before I started your program, sight reading seemed an impossibility. During the sight reading test, I was singing a hymn in an unfamiliar key signature (I need more theory work) and I sang a 4 when I should have sang a 5 (having guessed at the key degree, but not the pitch). But, the very next note was a lower 6, and I jumped down to it solidly and continued on from there. The proctor commented how solid I was getting back on melody on the six. She said that in her experience once a person gets off, they have real trouble getting back on the melody. Of course you know why…jumping around based on interval distances has its drawbacks, but I knew what a 6 sounded like, so I was able to jump right to it, no matter what the distance!
By the way, the proctor and everyone else knows all about you and your programs. When I entered the prep choir three years ago, I had trouble even discriminating between a higher and lower pitch. The Choir Director heard me sing recently and his comment was “Your pitch matching has really improved!” I said, “thanks to Bruce Arnold!”