Ear Training & Aural Skills, Part 3: Melodies

Mastering the art of learning music by ear on any instrument.

100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor.

What you’ll learn

  • Students will be able to learn melodies from popular songs by ear..
  • Students will be able to notate music by ear after finishing this class..
  • Students will be able to identify intervals by ear after finishing this class..
  • Students will have an unlimited supply of practice materials after this course..
  • Students will develop skills for listening, repeating, and writing music down completely by ear..

Course Content

  • Welcome & Introduction –> 5 lectures • 13min.
  • Identifying Words, Not Letters –> 5 lectures • 14min.
  • Working with Scales and Scale Fragments –> 13 lectures • 48min.
  • Identifying Scale Fragments in Shifting Directions –> 7 lectures • 31min.
  • Melodies for Practice –> 14 lectures • 28min.
  • Working with Chords and Arpeggios –> 6 lectures • 19min.
  • Practice – Anything Goes! –> 18 lectures • 32min.
  • Wrap Up –> 3 lectures • 8min.

Ear Training & Aural Skills, Part 3: Melodies


100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor.

Are you a music maker, performer, composer, or aspiring songwriter looking to up your game? This is the place to start.

Ear Training and Aural Skills is the practice of learning to play music by ear, learning to notate music by ear, and learning to understand music on a deeper level just by hearing it. In this class we are going to learn techniques for listening, analyzing, and notating music (writing it down) just by listening. Perfect Pitch is not required.

If you don’t know me, I’ve published a lot of music theory classes here. Those classes have been really successful, and the number one request I’ve been getting from students is to make an Ear Training sequence of classes. So here it is! This series will have 6 parts:

  • Part 1: Rhythms
  • Part 2: Intervals
  • Part 3: Melodies (This one!)
  • Part 4: Diatonic Harmony
  • Part 5: Chromatic Melodies
  • Part 6: Chromatic Harmony

Each of these classes comes with about 4 hours of training, and a LOT of things to practice with. And of course, access to me with any questions you have at any time.

Here is a list of some of the topics we will cover in this class (Part 3, melodies):

  • Identifying phrases rather than individual notes
  • Looking for “Pillars” in a melody as anchor points.
  • Using Scales and Scale Fragments to help identify a series of notes.
  • Identifying certain scales that will be helpful to melodic dictation.
  • Working with chords and arpeggios
  • Identifying a chord outline and implied harmony
  • Notating a Melody by Ear
  • 27 Unique melodies to practice with (including downloadable files)
  • And Much, Much, More!


My Promise to You:

I am a full-time Music composer and Educator. If you have any questions please post them in the class or send me a direct message. I will respond within 24 hours. And if you find this class isn’t for you, I am more than happy for you to take advantage of the 30-day money-back guarantee. No questions asked.


What makes me qualified to teach you?

In addition to being a composer and educator,  I also have a Ph.D. in music, am a university music professor, and have a long list of awards for teaching.

But more importantly: I use this stuff every day. I write music professionally, I am an active guitarist, and I stay on top of all the latest techniques, workflows, and styles. As you will see in this class, I just love this stuff. And I love teaching it.

You will not have another opportunity to learn Ear Training in a more comprehensive way than this.

Let’s get started! 

See you in lesson 1.

All best,

Jason (but call me Jay…)

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