[Menvi-discuss] Ear Training Class Questions?

Debra Baxley debrabaxley at att.net
Tue Apr 10 21:03:25 EDT 2012

Either, my teacher had me sing the example back to her, and questioned me as
to what intervals I was singing from the given note; she first played the
example once or twice.  I would then braille the given note, along with the
interval sign that I thought that it was.





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Subject: [Menvi-discuss] Ear Training Class Questions?



I'm in a new quarter of music theory and we have a new Ear Training teacher
who's 100 times harder than my last teacher. She gives out a handout every
week you are tested on, then you grade it and bring it home to practice. You
then are tested on that same handout the next week.

The handouts have everything from Melodic and rhythmic dictation in 6/8 time
to labeling the chords in a song, labeling the notes and time with the
correct notes and duration.

I'm wondering how I can give her the results of my test? Should I give my
braille document to my transcriber and have her transcribe it from Braille
to print? Or is there a more efficient way? This teacher is Adjunct, so she
doesn't have office hours at all where I can come and tell her the notes of
her absurdly long dictation exercises. 

I also am wondering how people deal with the fact that in the hand out there
are starting notes for some measures in the exercises, and you're supposed
to fill in the missing notes? I've tried switching from Braille to my little
Braille+, but it just doesn't work very well. I'm not able to wade through
the headings and whatnot to find the right notes. Perhaps this is another
thing I can get my transcriber to do, copy the notes 3 spaces in with
measure numbers and in the left margin have the problem numbers. Because she
does announce the problem numbers.

BTW is there an easy way to work out notes and how many accidentals are
supposed to go on the above or below note in Braille without counting on
your fingers or memorizing every note combination? Sighted people are just
able to count spaces on the staff. We can just give the interval, but that
doesn't give an accidental or the above note.

It would be really nice if there was a program we could use that translated
Braille music to print, so we could do intervals and whatnot without all the
hassle of reverse translation...

How did you all do ear training classes?



Brandon Keith Biggs

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