Ear training

Ana Maria Davie was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. She plays the harpsichord and piano at professional level, and she introduced ear training into Italy in 1985, teaching it to a wide range of students right up until today.

Music is a primordial language that is part of us all. Like all languages, music is much more than just its mode of notation, the score.
Music needs musicians and instruments to be brought into existence. The primary musical instrument is the human body. A musical instrument is an extension of the body. Musical instruments are made to create sounds that are louder, higher, deeper and faster than those that can be produced by the human body. Likewise, they are made to generate sounds with a different quality or timbre, and multiple sounds that can be produced together.
The score is one of the methods used to preserve and transmit a musical idea. It is something different with respect to music and musical instruments.
The score is a tool that frees a musician from the task of having to remember the entire musical idea. This gives the musician more freedom to develop the musical concept.

Ear training is a technique that offers an alternative method to approaching musical language and learning music.
It is fundamentally an intuitive approach.
Students thus begin with what they hear and intuitively experience. These two fundamental factors automatically induce them to look for a theory that explains their experiences, and a method of notation that they can use to transfer what they have heard to paper.
Ear training is therefore a way of utilizing students’ experience and musical intuition in order to connect them to theoretical concepts and to musical notation. Often, even when someone possesses knowledge of theory and notation, it remains unused because it is devoid of practical meaning.
The human body becomes the fundamental ear training device in this process.
For every eartraining subject, the process of activities is:
listening (stimulus) – imitation – recognition of sounds – production – coding/decoding – conceptualization. This cycle is applied to general characteristics of music right through to cadence ear training and more complex areas of music theory.

The ear training course comprises the following activies:
Overall appreciation: identifying the general characteristics of a piece of music, including its origins, functions, elements of musical language (form, rhythm, phrasing, timbre, dynamics, texture etc.)
Rhythm: the relation of rhythm to words and dance; types of rhythm; syncopation, etc.
Melody: recognizing melody; learning the seven notes of the natural scale, major and minor modes; ascending and descending cycle of fifths; keys with flats and sharps; modulating melodies

Ana Maria Davie runs ear training courses at different levels, according to requirements, for the following categories and functions, in the areas of professional music, mandatory music education and amateur and therapeutic music activities:

  • Professional musicians
  • basso continuo’s performers
  • Music therapists
  • Teacher training
  • Ear training for music harmony
  • Music lovers
  • Primary school children
  • Choral ensembles
  • Actors and actresses
  • Old-aged people

Ana Maria has developed considerable experience in the role of music education and attained significant results in her work in special categories, such as psychiatric communities. The benefits in music education that can be achieved by means of ear training are considerable, but the techniques are equally applicable to individuals with a general interest in music.
For further information, please contact Ana Maria at anam.davie@libero.it

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