4/13/11

Review & Giveaway!: Ear Training Pro


Today I am excited to review a new online ear training resource - EarTrainingPro.com. This new website is an excellent resource for any music studio (and has been a great asset in my own studio over the past few weeks!) It contains over fifty different ear training exercises that students can practice on your studio computer, or at home (depending on which plan you sign up for).

The exercises on this website are in six different categories: Intervals, Pitch Perception, Chords, Relative Pitch, Scales, and Transcription. Exercises are also each categorized as Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Level.

When beginning each exercise, there is a brief instruction page explaining what the exercise is. Many of these instruction pages include a brief listening example. For example, on the Major Chords Second Inversion exercise, students can listen to the difference between a root position chord, a first inversion chord and a second inversion chord, as well as a comparison between three different chords which all have C as their bottom note before they begin the exercise (see below).


I love this feature, and actually wish that ALL of the exercise instruction pages were as thorough as this one (although many of them are!). Some of the exercises will give a listening example of just one type of interval, and then quiz you on all of the major scale intervals.

The exercises consist of usually ten examples to listen to and identify. After the ten are complete, you are able to see how many you got correct, as well as which ones you got wrong. It will also tell you what your answer was and what the correct answer should have been, and you can listen to the example again.

I love the variety of the exercises and of their difficulty levels. I can assign beginning exercises to some of my younger students, while still being able to challenge my most advanced students (and myself as well!) with the advanced levels. Here is a list of all of the available exercises:



Intervals
Major Thirds and Fifths
Beginner
Intervals - Major Scale
Beginner
Intervals - Minor Scale
Beginner
Major Intervals Up to a Perfect Fifth
Beginner
Intervals in Semitones
Intermediate
Intervals - Chromatic Scale
Intermediate
Intervals - Major Scale with Intervals Up and Down
Intermediate
Intervals - Minor Scale with Intervals Up and Down
Intermediate
Intervals - Chromatic Scale with Intervals Up and Down
Intermediate
Intervals - Minor Scale, played together
Advanced
Intervals - Major Scale, played together
Advanced
Intervals - Chromatic Scale, played together
Advanced
Pitch Perception
Higher or Lower
Beginner
Notes on a Keyboard
Beginner
Perfect Pitch Test
Advanced
Chords
Major and Minor Chords
Beginner
Chord Progressions with Triads (Major Keys)
Beginner
Chord Progressions with Triads (Minor Keys)
Beginner
Major Chords First Inversion
Intermediate
Major Chords Second Inversion
Intermediate
Suspended Second and Fourth Chords
Intermediate
Chord Progressions with First Inversion
Intermediate
Major and Minor Ninth Chords
Intermediate
Augmented and Dominant Ninth Chords
Intermediate
Chord Progressions in C Major
Intermediate
Major Broken Chords First Inversion
Intermediate
Triads - Major, Minor, Augmented and Diminished
Advanced
Chord Identification
Advanced
Ninth Chords
Advanced
Major and Minor Seventh Chords
Advanced
Diminished and Half-Diminished Seventh Chords
Advanced
Augmented and Dominant Seventh Chords
Advanced
Major and Augmented Major Seventh Chords
Advanced
Seventh Chords
Advanced
Chord Progressions with Inversions
Advanced
Relative Pitch
Relative Pitch on C Major
Beginner
Relative Pitch on C Minor
Beginner
Relative Pitch Introduction
Beginner
Relative Pitch on C Major with Intervals Up and Down
Intermediate
Relative Pitch on C Minor with Intervals Up and Down
Intermediate
Relative Pitch on the Chromatic Scale
Intermediate
Relative Pitch on Chromatic Scale with Intervals Up and Down
Advanced
Relative Pitch
Advanced
Scales
Scales - Major and Minor
Beginner
Types of Minor Scales
Intermediate
Transcription
Transcribing a Few Notes From C Major
Beginner
Transcribing notes in C Major or C Minor
Beginner
Transcribing notes in A Minor
Beginner
Transcribing Chords - Triads
Beginner
Transcribing notes in C Major or C Minor - Intermediate
Intermediate
Transcribing Chords - Seventh Chords
Intermediate
Transcribing notes in any key
Advanced
Transcribing Chords - Ninth Chords
Advanced



When signing up for this website, there are four different plan options. I LOVE that you can choose a studio plan that includes a teacher account and up to 40 attached student accounts for your studio. The students each have their own log-in information and are able to access the website from any computer. The teacher is then able to assign specific homework exercises to individual students, see which exercises they have attempted, how many times they have attempted them and what their high score is on each.

Overall, I love this website and feel that it is much easier to use and much better than other online ear trainers I have tried. I love that it keeps track of how well you have done in each exercise and how well each of your students has done (anything to help keep my studio organized and on-track curriculum-wise is a definite plus for me!). I highly recommend this website to other music teachers for use in their studios.

And here's the exciting news - Anthony from Ear Training Pro has offered to give away a free account on EarTrainingPro.com to one lucky reader!! To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment below! For one extra entry, share a link to this giveaway via facebook, your blog, twitter, or some other website and leave me one extra comment letting me know that you did. Make sure you enter by 11:59 pm (CST) on Thursday, April 21st. Winner will be announced on Friday the 22nd! Happy ear training!

32 comments:

Ashley said...

How exciting! I have never tried this website. Maybe I will win!

ARob said...

That looks awesome! I love that the students can access it from home and you can view their scores!

stace said...

So happy to have found your blog a few days ago! This looks like a great tool for any teacher to have at their disposal. I'd love to enter for the chance to win!!

Heidi said...

I would love to use this in my studio. I like how thoroughly you described the content and features!

Danielle Dallas said...

Wow, this looks like an amazing site. I was just thinking the other day, "I ought to try to figure out what ear training software is available for myself/studio." This looks even better!

Shauna Leavitt said...

I took your ear training survey the other day and it was quite revealing of how little time I spend teaching my student about ear training. This would be an excellent tool for students and teachers to ensure that this skill isn't being neglected.

The Smith Family said...

Just like Dictation at BYU! I would have loved to have something like this to study from before I got into BYU. Because before then, I had no idea what ear-training or dictation was!

I would love to have this.

Danielle said...

I hope to win! This sounds like such a great resource.

Wendy Stevens said...

Hi Jenny,

Thanks for the review! It would be wonderful to try with my students.

Jennifer said...

This looks like a very comprehensive site for ear training. Thanks for the review and information!

Wendy Stevens said...

Just posted a link on my @ComposeCreate Twitter feed.

Tanya said...

Count me in!

Jeana Beasley said...

Great site. I will post this link on my blog!

Susan Seale said...

This would be so awesome to have in my studio waiting room. I already have shelves filled with great kids books but having an ear training program on my computer or my laptop with headphones would be fantastic!
Thanks for making this opportunity available:)

Susan Seale said...

Hi Jenny,
I think this giveaway is so much fun.
I've tweeted it with a link to your site.
I've posted it on my Make Me Musical facebook site.
I've linked to it with my Piano in the Family blog.
I just wrote a blog post on my blog http://makememusical.blogspot.com/2011/04/online-ear-training-program.html telling people to enter your contest. I'll retweet and refacebook with my blog posting today too.

Such fun!

Kylie said...

I've just been looking at free online ear training games this week now that i can have a laptop in my studio so this is perfectly timed!

Karen said...

Would love to add this to my studio softward.

Jedda said...

Pick me! That sounds awesome!

me said...

Sounds like a great resource!

Leanne said...

This looks fabulous...what a great asset to my studio!

Anne Crosby Gaudet said...

Oh boy, a giveaway! I would love to try this out in my studio! anne@pianoanne.ca

Anne Crosby Gaudet said...

It's me again, I just shared a link to your draw from PianoAntics.

Bethany said...

I would love to try this out in my studio! Thanks for the giveaway.

Faye said...

Great review. It "sounds" like my studio really needs this!

Q88keys said...

Hi Jenny, what a great giveaway! I just posted on my blog http://www.mvpianostudio.com/apps/blog/

Kelby Horton said...

Exciting! Can't wait to look at your site! Kelby

Radiance said...

Exactly what I've been looking for!

Jessalyn said...

I would LOVE to try something like this with my students. I have been looking for something that they could do on their own!
-Jessalyn

Tim and Karla Curington said...

I would love to win this for my piano students!!

Leah said...

guess I saw this in the nick of time....looks great!

Anna said...

This would be an awesome tool to have in my studio! Love it!

Kristen said...

This looks AWESOME! I have a few students whose lessons I tailor specifically for ear training and accompaniment without sheet music and this would be a huge help in their lessons! Great website

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