Date of Graduation

Spring 2010

Degree

Master of Music

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Michael Murray

Keywords

ear-training, sight-singing, perfect pitch, relative pitch, tonal, atonal, two-dimensional hearing, three-dimensional hearing, grid, bridge

Subject Categories

Music

Abstract

This thesis presents a new method for atonal ear-training. Musicians with relative pitch learn to catalog sound in two dimensions: by interval and by using a movable tonal reference. Unfortunately, this approach is unreliable in an atonal context. By manufacturing a non-moving point of reference (the note "C"), the student can add a third dimension to his/her aural cataloging skills and develop a tool perfect for atonal and hyper-chromatic music. This thesis contains numerous malleable exercises to help thestudent gain fluency in three-dimensional hearing, including atonal and tonal studies and melodies, ideas for using ear-training computer programs, and four supplementalappendices.

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© Kyle James Aho

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