Ear training can be dull. But it definitely doesn’t have to be.
Kirstin Jensen is here to tell us about some super fun and effective aural activities you can do with your students in just a few minutes of lesson time. These ideas will even get your youngest most wiggly students excited to work on ear training.
When it comes to ear training, a little goes a long way. Kirstin has seen a marked difference in musicality between her students that have done ear training from the start – and those that haven’t.
So what are you waiting for? Jump in and listen to Kirstin’s great aural tips, your students will thank you.
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In this episode, you’ll learn
- Why ear training is even better in group lessons
- How to build up your confidence with aural
- Creative ideas for making ear training fun and interactive
- Activities for rhythmic dictation (with cheering!)
- How ear training improves students’ playing in general
- Why Kristin includes compositions and improvisations in every recital
- The Best Aural Activities for Absolute Beginner Piano Students
- Even Young Kids Can Create at the Piano
- Auralbook app
- Beginner ear training games
- Ear training worksheets
- How to teach kids to play by ear
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Which of these aural activities have you tried?
Do you ever jump too far ahead too soon like I do? Or perhaps you’ve been scared off from lack of confidence in your own skills?