Music Theory Tutor launches!

Music Theory Tutor launches!

So, what is it anyway? Music Theory Tutor is the evolution of Ear Teacher, an integrated music theory and ear training application that we launched more than a year ago.  Over the past year, we worked hard on building out the music theory component and ended up with,...
Learning and Practicing Solfege, Part 1

Learning and Practicing Solfege, Part 1

For musicians who are new to singing, learning to use solfege effectively can be frustrating. Especially if you’re primarily an instrumentalist, it can be hard to work up the motivation to learn and practice syllabic singing; after all, you won’t use it in...
Solfege Hand Signs

Solfege Hand Signs

The solfege system as we know it dates all the way back to the 1800’s, and makes its way into many different methods of teaching singing and aural skills. One of the most popular and well-known music teaching methodologies is the Kodaly Method, developed in the...
What is Solfege?

What is Solfege?

Have you ever tried to sing a melody to which you didn’t know the words, or that had no words? You probably used a syllable like “la,” “da,” or “ma” for every pitch; we call these “neutral syllables,” and while they can be useful, they can also make it pretty tricky...
Ear training skills: melody playback

Ear training skills: melody playback

This is the third part in the series of posts about ear training skills. Today I’ll talk about melody playback – the ability to play a melody after hearing it. Melody is probably the most recognizable part of music.  When humming a song, people usually hum the...
Ear training skills: interval recognition

Ear training skills: interval recognition

This is the second in the series of posts about ear training skills. Today I’ll talk about interval recognition – the ability to recognize the difference between two pitches. An interval is just a combination of two notes either played together (harmonically) or...

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