WMU School of Music

Aural Skills Guide

David Loberg Code
Western Michigan University

Music theory has one primary goal--to understand what we hear. Aural Skills, or ear training, strives to produce a listener/performer who can perceive sound in meaningful patterns--developing a hearing mind and a thinking ear. This is achieved by the tandem development of two types of activities: listening and performance. Listening includes dictation, recognition or perception of musical events (e.g. error recognition, perception of meter or form), and ensemble skills. Performance includes sightreading, prepared performance, conducting, and improvisation. This web site is intended as a resource to assist you in developing these skills. I would appreciate any comments from those of you making use of these pages: code(at)wmich.edu.

Online Dictation Materials
InTactus - Rhythm Trainer
Diktus - Dictation Generator

David Loberg Code, School of Music, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 49008. E-mail: code(at)wmich.edu
http://www.wmich.edu/mus-theo/et_guide.html Revised: 28.mar.11