Re: Aural Training

Subject: Re: Aural Training
From: Eliot Handelman (
Date: Sat Aug 20 2005 - 18:20:40 EDT

huwmcgregor wrote:

>I am also trying to think of intuitive ways of introducing aural and
>listening skills to my students at further education level. One possibility
>of development I thought possible was by free Improvisation, thus developing
>their ears within a real situation. This will help to speed up their
>intuitive reactions to listening. Then to develop this further I thought a
>group analysis which would involve both aural and listening skills. By
>listening back to their own creation they will have already gained the
>'previous knowledge that might help them to push that little bit further.
>Thoughts on this would be appreciated!
If you're going to be serious about this then you have to work out a
rigorous way of evaluating
the effectiveness of different approaches. One sure thing is to test
students before and after. This hinges on
a test that captures essential qualities of hearing contributive of
skill. How do you do this, kevin?

Maybe this group can help sort out some of those qualities.

I've spent a long time teaching myself and this is what I've learned.
For me, hearing and rapid conceptualization
-- a nicer word than "categorization" -- go hand in hand. As in chess,
the master recognizes as much as
possible and uses thinking only at critical moments. So I find that the
best way to improve hearing is to
study music in as great detail as possible, not vaguely or a-b-a-ish.
This is a strong aspect of Kevin's approach,
and I concur that hearing (like all perception) is an act of active
analysis . And I think that's what the ear-trainer
has to basically teach.

You mention group analysis. How?

-- eliot


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