The development of aural musicianship skills is essential to any serious musician. Aural musicianship encompasses various aspects of musical listening, sight-reading and sight-singing, as well as musical improvisation.
Aspects of aural musicianship training include:
– Familiarization with the rudiments of staff notation, including concepts of key signatures, accidentals, rhythms, and meters
– Sight-reading ability (sight-singing as well as on an instrument)
– Identification of melodic and harmonic intervals
– Identification of rhythms and meters
– Identification of chord qualities and chord functions
– Identifying modulations and associated harmonic devices
– Freely navigating within tonal space
– On-the-spot figured bass or lead sheet realization
– Atonal listening and pitch-class sets identification
– Musical memory: melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre
Lessons in aural skills will be tailored to the needs of each individual student.