Music Theory/Ear Training Lessons

Clefs & Notes

In European musical education, music theory and ear training (solfege) are considered inseparable components of the music curriculum. Theory and solfege are normally taught in small groups, providing the foundation for private instrumental or voice lessons.

Music theory lessons develop a student’s familiarity with musical terminology, his/her logical thinking skills, and his/her ability to analyze musical compositions—resulting in a better understanding of and appreciation for music as an art. Knowledge of music theory is critical for sight reading/quick-reading music, and students who possess it are better able to acquaint themselves with the repertoire of different styles and genres. Music theory training, therefore, is an invaluable part of the musical education curriculum and deserves as much attention as private instrumental lessons.

Ear training (solfege) is another vital component of musical education. Drawing from music theory knowledge, ear training develops listening skills, and as such is extremely helpful in the development of students’ musical ear and memory. With ear training students are better able to recognize, memorize, and, reproduce (through singing, playing, or writing) the music they hear. Read about summer theory/ear training lessons here.

Sophia Gorlin’s music theory and ear training classes are entirely based on materials that she has developed over years of teaching students in the United States. Mrs. Gorlin has written a multi-level music theory textbook that is based on these materials. Ten books of the series have been recently released for sale and are available here. Mrs. Gorlin has also developed ear training/memorization exercises for all levels that are now being prepared for publication. These exercises should be used alongside the theory book of the same level, as, for the most part, they are based on the same or similar music material used in the theory book. This double-exposure of the songs tremendously helps with recognition of music and alleviates the memorization process.

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