[Menvi-discuss] Ear Training Class Questions?

Julie McGinnity kaybaycar at gmail.com
Tue Apr 10 21:16:21 EDT 2012


I used my braille note for dictation.  I always went to my professor
after class or during office hours.  Since that option doesn't seem to
work for your professor, maybe use your transcriber to write
everything out in print for your professor.  Are you getting the
handouts in braille in the first place?

As for intervals, I just memorized them, which is an option.  You can
also feel the different intervals with the piano.  If you look at them
in braille while you memorize or use the piano to learn them, you will
soon have them down.

I struggled a lot with ear training, but made it through in the end.  Good luck!

On 4/10/12, Debra Baxley <debrabaxley at att.net> wrote:
> 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.
> Debra
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> Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 7:16 PM
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> Subject: [Menvi-discuss] Ear Training Class Questions?
> Hello,
> 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?
> Thanks,
> Brandon Keith Biggs
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Julie McG
 Lindbergh High School class of 2009, National Federation of the Blind
of Missouri recording secretary,
and proud graduate of Guiding Eyes for the Blind

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