Ear training

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Ear training is an area of music education . It describes the process in which the hearing is trained to grasp musical characteristics and to analyze musical works. Aural training is a necessary requirement for concert musicians, music teachers, conductors and musicologists.

At conservatoires , the melody dictations are required to pass the entrance exam . A polyphonic movement must be notated as accurately as possible after playing on the piano. Since 2010, this traditional practice has been questioned against the background of the emerging demand for competence-oriented teaching of content in schools as well as at music colleges and universities. Ear training is also an integral part of the Abitur examination in the advanced music course in some federal states.

At first you train your hearing to determine intervals successively and simultaneously. Rhythm dictations and listening to tone sequences lead to melody dictation. In the advanced stage, polyphonic sentences can be written down. There is the possibility of having many tasks set by suitable computer programs.

Furthermore, the ear training also includes the recording of different chord groups . At an advanced stage, complex multiple sounds and tone clusters can also be determined.

Aural training is not about perfectly hearing complex chords or intervals at great speed, but rather about recognizing connections in the music ( tonal or atonal ), as is required in practice, for example, when leading an orchestra.

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