Introduction to Ear Training

Professor: Todd Tarantino


Syllabus (pdf) Your current syllabus. (Updated:091412)

Columbia University's Sonic Glossary: Columbia's own resource for all manner of musical terms; illustrated with appropriate listening examples.

Recommended Pitch Pipe: The Kratt Master Chromatic Pitch Pipe with Note Selector, excellent for at home study.

Blank Staff Paper

Tonal / Melodic Practice

1-2 practice
Do-re-mi Practice
1-2-3 with neighbor practice
1-2-3-4-5 practice
More 1-2-3-4-5
Triad Practice
More Triads
Strategies for Six
More Sixes

Rhythm Exercises from Jersild
Jersild's Rhythmic Supplement
More rhythm practice
Treble Clef Solfege Practice from Dandelot

Keyboard Skills Keyboard Skills Packet for Intro ET
A Guide to the Keyboard Skills Packet for Intro ET


In general all dictation assignments begin with two measures that establish the tempo and tonality. So, if the dictation is in 4/4 and in C, the first two measures would be the pitch C played in the rhythm quarter-quarter-quarter-quarter / half-half. MOst dictations also include a bass line. You are only responsible for notating the melody.

Dictation Assignment 1: 2+8 measures in 4/4 meter
The first two measures establish the pulse and the pitch level. First pitch is F. Rhythm of the first two measures is: quarter-quarter-quarter-quarter-half-half. Melody for dictation begins after these two measures.
Dictation 2: 8 measures; G major; 4/4

Dictation 3: 8 measures; E minor; 4/4

Dictation 4: 16 measures; F major; 3/4

Dictation 5: 12 measures; Bb major; 6/8

Dictation 6: 15 measures; G minor; 2/4

Dictation 7: 13 measures; Eb major; 6/8

Dictation 8: 22 measures; D major; 3/8

Answers for Dictations 1-8

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