When you’re just starting out training your ears, it can be overwhelming. There are so many types of ear training you can do, and the possibilities are as limitless as music itself.

So even once you’ve got clear on your ear training goals you may be left wondering: how long should I spend on this?

There are two answers to this question. Hopefully you’re planning on doing ear training every day, and so there’s a question of how long to do ear training for each day (i.e. how long is an ear training session).

There’s also the question of how long you should plan to train your ears for in the long term: how many weeks, months or years.

1. How long should you do ear training for each day?

The length of your ear training sessions is ultimately up to you but there are certainly some useful guidelines to keep in mind:

  1. Do at least 10 minutes per day of dedicated ear training practice.
    This is the absolute minimum amount of time to maintain your ear training practice and keep your skills sharp.
  2. Aim to spend 10-20 minutes on dedicated practice, and another 10-20 integrating it with your instrumental practice.
    For example you might spend 15 minutes drilling certain types of chord progression, and then another 15 minutes playing through these same progressions on your instrument, or