5 Benefits Of Ear Training

By Matti Carter

A person who is not born with a great musical ear has got the potential to develop one through ear training. There are many benefits of having a good ear in music, and developing it is very important for someone who wants to become an accomplished musician. This is why ear training is so important. 

You can improve your ear through various exercises on your own, or take ear training courses. Identifying pitches, intervals, melodies, harmonies, rhythms and other musical elements by hearing is all part of ear training. Learning how to sing melodies and clap rhythms from sheet music is also a great way to practise your ear. Even just playing and listening to music will improve your ear.

I have come up with five different benefits that different kinds of ear training will give you. Let’s start with the most obvious one:

1. It Improves Your Musical Ear

There is a common myth that only naturally talented people can have a good ear. Some people think they will never be able to develop a good ear, and so they do nothing about it. Studies have shown that the more time a child gets to spend around music, the better developed their ear will become later in their life. If you are someone who lacks a good musical ear, but have a desire to improve it, then ear training can and will improve your ear. You just have to put in the effort. 

2. It Helps You Learn Songs On Your Instrument Faster

By having a great ear, you will be able to master songs faster. Your musical memory will improve, and you will not always have to keep looking at the sheet music while playing. You will also be able to learn songs entirely without the sheet music. Learning songs by hearing is one of the most pleasant skills a musician can have.

3. It Improves Your Improvisation Skills

The better your ear gets, the better your improvisation skills will become. Assuming you have developed some technical skills on your instrument, a great ear will allow you to make the most of those skills while improvising. Ear training will improve your melodic ideas while improvising, and make you sound more musical overall.

4. It Improves Your Music Composition Skills

The best composers in history all had an exceptionally developed ear for music. However, most of them had to work hard to achieve that level. Just like anything else, you can become a good composer by working hard on the skill. Ear training will have a large impact on the quality of your music, and you will become faster at composing and coming up with ideas. While composing music, a great ear will improve your melodies, chord progressions, rhythm and expression.

5. It Allows You To Enjoy Music More

The better your ear is, the more you will have the chance to enjoy music. You will be able to listen to music with a greater understanding, and you will get more excited about exploring different genres of music. Once you start listening to new types of music, your ear will likely become even better during the process. 

© Matti Carter 2018

About The Author:

Matti Carter is a piano instructor and composer based in Tampere, Finland. He also writes and publishes instructional articles online. If you have any music related questions, feel free to contact him.

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