[Menvi-discuss] Ear Training Class Questions?

Bettie Downing bnbdowning70 at embarqmail.com
Tue Apr 10 21:21:04 EDT 2012

I'm sighted and hated dictation.  It was the hardest thing ever and I struggled mightily.

On Apr 10, 2012, at 8:16 PM, Julie McGinnity wrote:

> Hi.
> 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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>> [mailto:menvi-discuss-bounces at menvi.org] On Behalf Of Brandon Keith Biggs
>> Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 7:16 PM
>> To: This is for discussing music and braille literacy
>> 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
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