For many ear training students, music is not their full time occupation, and so musical ear training is something that must be somehow fit in among many other commitments and activities.
Perhaps you are a school student and music is an extra-curricular activity. Or maybe you’re at college, but music isn’t your major. It may be that you have a 9-5 job, and music is a hobby in your spare time.
Even full-time musicians sometimes struggle to make time for ear training and this is understandable. From instrument skills to learning repertoire to group rehearsals to recording sessions, there are plenty of other musical activities to distract you from improving your ears!
However if you want to become an excellent musician and enjoy music in the long term, it is essential that you make time for ear training – whether music is your full time occupation or a part-time pursuit.
Tips for fitting in ear training
It’s not very helpful to just say “make time for ear training, it’s important!” so here are some practical tips for fitting ear training exercises into your schedule:
KISS: Keep It Short and Serious.
Although it is generally best to allocate at least 15 minutes for ear training practice sessions, there is also real value in quick “lightning round” style practice. There are two things which make this work:
- Be Serious: a 3-minute session is only worth doing if you are concentrating fully for those