Here are a few things you might have missed in the world of aural skills development and ear training lately. Let us know if you have any to add!

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Halloween Sound Design Contest

It’s October, and you know what that means… Halloween!

The Designing Sound website put us onto this exciting and fun contest from Blastwave FX. They supply you with a collection of spooky sound effect samples, and you create your ultimate scary soundtrack. The scariest wins!

Halloween Sound Design Contest

Prizes include a copy of SONOPEDIA 2.0 from Blastwave FX, an autographed set of limited edition Hollywood-is-Dead poster prints from Matt Busch, an autographed copy of the Halloween 4 Soundtrack by Alan Howarth and an autographed copy of “The Sound Effects Bible” by Ric Viers.

Read the full contest information at And then what are you waiting for?

If you need a little help getting spooky, keep an eye on over the next few weeks……

Theta Music Marks 1 Year With a Major Update

Theta Music TrainerAbout a year ago we covered the launch of Theta Music Trainer, a new suite of online games designed to make ear training fun. We couldn’t agree more with the spirit and goals of Theta Music’s games, so we’re delighted to congratulate them on a successful first year – and the major update they’ve just released. Check out the video below for a tour of the training on offer and the new additions to the Theta Music programme:

Expert learning advice from the Dallas School of Music

The Dallas School of MusicHere’s a fantastic post from the team over at Discover, Learn, Play, sharing some of their best advice on instrument learning. A big focus on the fun and enjoyment and music which must never be forgotten in favour of dull lifeless exercises. They draw an interesting distinction between learning and practising, and provide lots of tips for finding practice time which will help adults and children alike.

Black keys improvisation

Joy from the “Color In My Piano” blog just posted this great video of an improvisation session she did with one of her young piano students. By giving the instruction that the student could play any black keys, she freed her up to express herself, and improvise using her innate aural skills and musical instinct. Watch the video below and read Joy’s full post for more information and links to background reading.

Win an app with the Discover, Learn, Play blog

Also from the DSM, the Discover, Learn, Play blog is currently running a contest where you can win one of our iOS ear training apps! Find out the details here:

And don’t forget to check out their innovative Kore Series for instrument learning online!

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