Software: Ear training self-teaching for choral singers
Thank you to everyone who helped out by sending me their favourite site or
software suggestions for self-teaching ear training to choral singers.
Below is a compilation of what I received. It is by no means meant to be an
exhaustive list. The annotated comments are my own, intended for the
handout I will be giving to the choir tonight, it was just easier to cut and
paste the whole lot!------------------------
Ear Training Resources for Choral Singers
The following is a short bibliography of software and web resources intended
for improving your ear training in a self-teaching environment.
Auralia (by Rising Software Inc) - http://www.risingsoftware.com/
Demo version available for download, registration cost is $149, or
$99 US dollars for students. (Windows and MAC versions available)
Seems very complete. You can actually sing your answers into a
microphone! Or use a MIDI keyboard
Practica Muisca (by Ars-Nova) - http://www.ars-nova.com/home.html
Again, among the more pricey options at $125 US, however it is very
complete (Both Theory and Ear Training help provided). A demo copy can be
downloaded at the above site.
Ear Power (by Fast & Soft) - http://www.earpower.com/
Three separate programs Ear Power, Sight Singer and Vocal
Express are offered. They can be downloaded as one package, or separately.
Comes in just about any language imaginable as well!
Shareware type program The Sight Singer program for example can
be download free for 10 uses, $19 US to register. You can also download the
little metronome program for free use.
Ear Master (by Ear Master) - http://www.earmaster.com/
Canadian made, seems complete in all areas of ear training.
Free download trial online, Pro version is around $70 if you
choose to download the program, or $87 if you want it shipped in a box (US
MacGAMUT (by Music Software International) - http://www.macgamut.com/
Originally a MAC program, now available for Windows (since 2000)
Register for around $35 US. Free trial available online
Other interesting links for ear training self-help books (non-software
http://www.theriverwoodstudio.com (multi-leveled CDs and ear
http://www.singers.com/instructional/eartraining.html (a collection
of DVDs and workbooks designed to be used at home).
Web Based Practice sites
Ricci Adams Music Theory.net - http://www.musictheory.net/
I spent a ½ hour playing on this site, a fair number of useful
testing areas, naming played intervals and identifying intervals on a staff
probably the most useful area for our purpose. It does cover all areas of
note reading, and levels of music theory.
Teoria Music Theory Web - http://www.teoria.com/
Very similar to Ricci Adams site. To make it more challenging
though, you can identify your intervals in Spanish! A certain amount of
satisfaction is achieved when you get ¡Muy Bien! For answering a correct
You can also download the entire website to use offline which is
In fact if you do a Google search for music ear training online or
something similar there are hundreds of sites that will provide this type of
service, including some fun game type sites. The two listed above in my
opinion are the most comprehensive.---------------
John Brough, MMus, ARCT, ARCCO
University of Alberta
Edmonton Alberta, Canada