Basic Ear Training 1

Authors: Roberta Radley, Matt Marvuglio | Course Code: OEART-115

Become a more interactive and confident musician by learning how to really hear what is going on in the band while you are performing. The course focuses on the melody and bass notes and examines the harmonies, rhythms, and pulses that drive and measure music. You'll learn to notate basic rhythms and pitch, and understand the relationships between notes by using the solfege method. Through transcription exercises and the study of contemporary songs from artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, and Led Zeppelin, you'll learn to build an awareness of what's happening around you when you are playing, and build your confidence as a musician and performer.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Conduct basic rhythms
  • Identify different time signatures and notate basic rhythms
  • Identify different key signatures and transcribe what you hear
  • Understand tonic, subdominant, and dominant relationships
  • Identify the difference between major and minor tonic
  • Identify primary triads in major and minor
  • Recognize A B elements in song form
  • Apply the moveable Do system to performance and composition

Lesson 1: Conducting Basic Rhythms

  • Conducting while Singing Basic Rhythms in 4/4
  • Conducting while Singing Basic Rhythms in 2/4
  • Conducting while Singing Basic Rhythms in 3/4

Lesson 2: Identifying Different Time Signatures and Notating Basic Rhythms

  • Identifying 4/4, 2/4, and 3/4 Time Signatures
  • Notating Basic Rhythms

Lesson 3: Introduction to Solfege

  • Singing the Major Scale Using Solfege Syllables
  • Singing the Tendency Tones with Resolutions
  • Singing Basic Melodies That Include Tendency Tones
  • Notating Basic Melodies from the Literature

Lesson 4: Tonic/Dominant Relationships and Three-Note Scale Patterns

  • A New Scale Pattern for Your Warm-Up Routine
  • Singing and Identifying Dominant-to-Tonic Cadence Patterns
  • Reading Bass Clef Exercises

Lesson 5: Tonic/Subdominant Relationships

  • A New Scale Pattern for Your Warm-Up Routine
  • Singing and Identifying Subdominant-to-Tonic Cadence Patterns
  • Transcribing Subdominant-to-Tonic Cadence Patterns

Lesson 6: Tonic, Subdominant, and Dominant Relationships; Blues Form

  • A New Scale Pattern for Your Warm-Up Routine
  • Singing and Identifying Subdominant, Dominant to Tonic Cadence Patterns in the Blues
  • Singing Harmony Parts on a Blues Song

Lesson 7: Introduction to Notation

  • Review
  • Notating
  • Singing primary triads
  • Exercises in Basic Notation

Lesson 8: Becoming the Recognizer

  • Finding Do in the Key
  • Exploring Different Keys
  • Warm-Up Interval Exercises
  • Exercises in Interval Recognition

Lesson 9: Hearing Form

  • 12-Measure Song Forms with A B Elements
  • Explore Different Keys
  • Warm-Up Interval Exercises
  • Exercises with Riffs and AAB 12-Bar Forms
  • Exercises in Interval Recognition

Lesson 10: Relative Minor

  • Identifying the Difference between Major and Minor Tonic
  • Warm-Up Exercises in Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales
  • Exercises with minor melodies
  • Exercises in Major/Minor Recognition
  • Form Exercises: 16-Measure A B Recognition

Lesson 11: Relative Minor Primary Triads

  • Identifying Primary Triads in Minor
  • Warm-Up Exercises with Minor Primary Triads
  • Basic Notation Exercises with Primary Triads
  • Form Exercises: 24- and 32-Measure ABA AABA Recognition
  • Exercises in I IV V Recognition

Lesson 12: Putting It All Together

Students will complete a final project based upon the various skills they have acquired in the course.

Roberta Radley

Author & Instructor

Roberta Radley is Assistant Chair in the Ear Training Department at Berklee College of Music. A Berklee graduate with a degree in composition, she joined the faculty in 1976. Since then, Radley has taught a wide range of ear training classes, using innovative methods to help students hear music more analytically, and earning recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Music Education from Berklee College of Music. Co-author of the Department Core Curriculum Ear Training 1-4 books as well as author of the Harmonic Ear Training DVD on Berklee Press, Roberta has traveled widely on behalf of Berklee, holding scholarship auditions, working with affiliated schools, and presenting seminars across the U.S. and internationally. Additionally, Roberta is an active performer as a pianist and vocalist and is an experienced private piano and voice instructor.


Matt Marvuglio

Author

Matt Marvuglio is Dean of the Performance Division at Berklee College. As a virtuosic flutist and composer, he has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, premiering his compositions for jazz flute. He has presented clinics for the National Flute Association, the Acoustic Society of America, and the International Flute Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His composition "Simples of the Moon" for processed flute, EWI MIDI wind controller, and acoustic and electronic percussion, may be heard on the CD Divinations, by Dean Anderson. Matt's first solo album entitled Why Cry? features three of his own compositions and a number of interpretations of old favorites. His articles on jazz flute playing have appeared in The Instrumentalist. He is the curriculum editor and composer for the Berklee Practice Method series, and has written and hosted Berklee's When Music Works DVD Series.


Paul Stiller

Instructor

Paul Stiller is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He has been on the Ear Training faculty at Berklee since 1995 and has taught Ear Training 1-4, Rhythmic Ear Training, Performance Ear Training for Voice, Voice lessons, and a choral ensemble. Aside from teaching, he has been an active adjudicator and clinician with numerous college and high school groups throughout the U.S. and Japan. He is a founding member, producer, arranger, and vocal percussionist for the a cappella group Vox One, which is comprised of all Berklee faculty. He has opened for Stevie Ray Vaughn, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Dwight Yoakam, Ray Charles, Chicago, and the Woody Herman and Count Basie Orchestras. Commercial work includes Sears, TCBY Treats, State Farm Insurance, Hood Milk, Pontiac/GMC, Superior Coffee, International Trucks, Sharp, and Dr. Pepper. In 2012, Paul received the “Berklee Distinguished Faculty Award.”


Gilson Schachnik

Instructor

Gilson Schachnik is Associate Professor in the Ear Training department and adjunct faculty in the Ensemble department. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil , Gilson toured the country with Rosa Maria and Patricia Marx in addition to recording jingles for BASF , Playboy and TV Cultura. After receiving a scholarship in 1990, Gilson moved to Boston to attend Berklee and graduated in 1996 in Jazz Composition. Since then Gilson had performed with: Peter Erskine, Harvey Mason, Claudio Roditi, Bill Pierce, Miguel Zenon and Antonio Sanchez among others. Gilson joined the faculty in 2002 and wrote the book Beginning Ear Training (Berklee Press). In 2010 Gilson and Brazilian drummer Mauricio Zottarelli formed the group Mozik, releasing their first recording, Mozik. Since then the group has performed extensively in the US. In addition to being an active performer in the Boston area, Gilson has been a member of Berklee’s audition team and has done auditions and given masterclasses in Canada, Brazil and Palestine.


Rich Greenblatt

Instructor

Rich Greenblatt is a vibraphonist with "dazzling speed and a truly magical touch" writes John Blenn in 'Good Times Magazine'. He has recorded three CDs as a leader, ‘Hat Trick’(2009), ‘Hot and Dry’ (2003) and ‘Mooin’ (1998). Rich has performed and recorded with such great artists as Kurt Elling, Billy Mitchell, Dennis Irwin, Oscar Castro-Neves, Garrison Fewell, Kevin Hayes, Greg Hopkins, Winard Harper, Joe Hunt, Yoron Israel, The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and The English Chamber Orchestra.

Rich is an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music. He is an endorsing artist for Musser vibraphones and Vic Firth mallets.


William Brinkley

Instructor

Bill Brinkley is the developer and former director of the Center for Computer Aided Instruction in Music, Berklee’s first research facility investigating the use of computer technology in a music curriculum. A Berklee graduate with a degree in composition, Bill joined the faculty in 1976. During his 15 years at the college, Bill was also a highly respected professor, teaching ear training, solfege, arranging, harmony, jazz counterpoint, ensembles, and private guitar lessons, and authoring two jazz counterpoint courses and a music copying course. Bill started out as a rock and R and B guitarist in his native Georgia, eventually joining Motown to work with David Ruffin after the singer left the Temptations. He became one of Boston’s most proficient jazz guitarists, playing in numerous bands with top area musicians like Jerry Bergonzi, Grover Mooney, and Garrison Fewell. An in-demand music copyist and transcriber, Bill has worked for Harry Connick Jr., the Boston Pops, George Benson, Lyle Mays, and classical composer Thomas Oboe Lee. He continues to work as a musician, as well as a graphic designer and music technology consultant.

Prerequisites

Students should have studied an instrument or voice for at least two years and have a knowledge of reading treble or bass clef. Please note that you will be required to sing each week and match pitch. If you don't have the prerequisite knowledge, please consider completing Berklee Online's course, Music Foundations.


Required Textbooks

None required


Software Requirements

  • Finale NotePad (free download) or Finale (full version)
  • A basic audio recording tool that will allow you to record yourself and save the recording in MP3 format. You will have a tool to use for this purpose inside the learning environment. Alternatively, you can use software like Audacity or GarageBand.
  • Mac Web Browser: Firefox (Recommended), Chrome, or Safari
  • PC Web Browser: Firefox (Recommended), Chrome, Internet Explorer or Edge
  • Flash Player (if using the Record Live tool)

Mac Users:  Finale NotePad is currently not compatible with the newly released macOS Sierra.  It is highly recommended to not upgrade to this version if you plan on using NotePad.  If you have already upgraded to macOS Sierra, we recommend purchasing the full Finale version at a deep discount through the Student Deals page upon enrolling in the course.  To check your OS version, click on the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of your screen and select About This Mac


Hardware Requirements

Mac Users

  • OS X 10.7 or higher
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 500 MB hard drive space
  • Sound card
  • Speakers or headphones
  • A built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built in ports or an external audio interface)
  • Webcam

PC Users

  • Windows Vista SP2 or higher
  • Intel Pentium or higher
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 500 MB hard drive space recommended
  • Sound card
  • Speakers or headphones
  • A built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built in ports or an external audio interface)
  • Webcam

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