Ear training is important to all musicians. A fine tuned ear and sense of rhythm and harmony are essential when playing any instrument. A few minutes a day with EarMaster produces noticeable improvements in playing and appreciating music. EarMaster's drill based teaching is a fun and easy way to do ear training with your computer.
For beginners and professionals
You can choose the built-in tutor as your master and let it adjust the difficulty as you progress, or you can configure each exercise yourself in the extremely flexible exercise setup with a wide range of options.This flexibility makes EarMaster the perfect choice for any musician. Beginners can be guided through by the built-in tutor while music students and professionals can configure the program individually to be just as hard as you want.
Monitor your results
All of your results are recorded in details in a database for later review and printout. You can for example view how well you have identified the minor 7th chord within the past 2 weeks.
Give your answer in the way you prefer
Depending on the instrument you play, you can put EarMaster in 3 different instrument modes. You can answer question and make configurations on either a Piano, Guitar or Notesheet on the screen.
EarMaster now includes advanced sound-to-MIDI technology allowing you to give your answers with the microphone. If you have a MIDI keyboard attached to your computer you can also use this to give your answers and to remotely control EarMaster.
EarMaster offers 10 ear training exercises divided into five subject areas. They have been chosen and developed in co-operation with music teachers from all over the world and loyal users of previous versions of EarMaster. Together they cover all the areas you need to develop and maintain your aural skills.
Once you get the hang of intervals, it will be easier to transcribe songs, compose songs or tuning your guitar. It will help you figure out the melody of a song based on the intervals: "Oh, that's just a perfect fourth followed by a minor third".
EarMaster has two exercises that will help you with just that:
Interval comparison - EarMaster plays two intervals, you identify which one is the greater.
Interval identification - EarMaster plays an harmonic or melodic interval, you identify it by its name or transcribe the tones on either the piano, guitar or the notesheet.
Scale and mode exercise
A scale is the tonal basis of music i.e. a set of tones from which you build melodies and harmonies. With EarMaster you will learn to identify scales (like major, minor, blues, bebop, etc.) and church modes (like dorian, phrygian, etc.):
Scale identification - EarMaster plays a scale or mode, you identify it by its name or transcribe the tones on either the piano, guitar or the notesheet.
Knowing chords and harmonies is another important part of song transcription and composition or if you improvise or play by ear. To put harmonies and chords in music requires that you can hear and feel the quality of chords and their function within a given key.
EarMaster has three exercises that will help you with just that:
Chord identification and Chord-inversion identification - EarMaster plays an harmonic or melodic chord, you identify it by its name or transcribe the tones on either the piano, guitar or the notesheet.
Chord progression identification - EarMaster plays a chord progression (like II mi7 - V 7 - I maj), you identify it by its name or choose the step and quality for each chord.
The demands for a musicians rhythmic abilities are increasing in modern music. A fine sense of rhythmic variations, the ability to feel a tempo and keeping it are important for any musician. It is not enough to be able to read or hear individual note values, you must identify a rhythm as a series of rhythm patterns. EarMaster has three exercises that will teach you to read and hear rhythms:
Rhythm reading - EarMaster shows a rhythm score. You clap the rhythm following the metronome. Clap in your hands in front of the microphone, tap the rhythm on the space bar or play it on your MIDI instrument.
Rhythm imitation - EarMaster plays a rhythm. You clap the rhythm following the metronome. Clap in your hands in front of the microphone, tap the rhythm on the space bar or play it on your MIDI instrument.
Rhythm correction - EarMaster shows a rhythm score and plays the same rhythm with a few changes. You identify which changes were made.
Can you transcribe a tune when you hear it?
Melody dictate - EarMaster plays a melodic phrase. You transcribe it on the staff, on the guitar tablature or on the piano.
Additional features of EarMaster 5 School
Live student statistics!
Teachers can follow the progress of each student with live scores and statistics (if EarMaster is used on a network computer).
User maintenance window!
New user maintenance window for teachers to easily add, delete and manage users.
Improved Tutor editor!
The Tutor editor is greatly improved with many new features and updated interface for easy usage. With a single click you can try the selected lesson in EarMaster to test your settings.
Improved user statistics!
The music teacher have access to more detailed statistics on to students. The statistics window is now integrated in the user list for an easy overview of student's progress.
Easy network installation!
EarMaster School is now much easier to install in a network. It can run directly from a server, which means that client computers need no installation and no configuration!
Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista or 7, 800 x 600 monitor resolution (SVGA), 16Mb disk space
Mac OS X 10.4.11, 10.5 or 10.6, 800 x 600 monitor resolution (SVGA), 16Mb disk space