Ear Training 1 from various professors – 30-hour module – CFA 4

Form: 30 hours
CFA: 4
Teachers: Antonio Solimene, Claudio Ricci, Roberto Ruggeri, and Francesco Luzzio   
Frequency: Weekly and twice a week
Entry Requirements: None for the first level
Class size: 15 students
Places available: 6
Limitations: Open to students in the academic courses of sound technician and/or electronic music. Also open to students for personalized courses for an additional fee (for information on costs, contact the Educational Secretariat).



  1. Spoken Solfeggio: C. Ricci, “Solfeggio Basic”
  2. Rhythmic Solfeggio: D. Agostini “Solfeggio Ritmico Vol.1”, simple beats up to n 94 (End of first part) “Vol.2”, compound bars (first exercises in 6-9-12)
  3. Solfeggio: All diatonic intervals within the octave in C major tone – first songs in Fa and Sol keys; (insertion of songs built on the major pentatonic scale)

Ear training

  • Recognition of the following melodic and harmonic intervals (Bicordi):
  • Second Major and minor
  • Major and minor third (avoid the second augmented term)
  • Right fourth and augmented fourth (For the fourth augmented and the fifth diminished we will use the wording tritone being unable to discriminate enharmony)
  • Perfect fifth
  • Sixth major and minor (the term sixth minor, in this phase, will be preferable to augmented fifth harmony since, lacking the discriminating intermediate sound, the interval will sound like imperfect consonance and not as dissonance) or major and minor seventh (avoid the augmented sixth term)
  • Perfect octave


  1. Melodic Dictation: 8-bar melodies (dictates of R. Ruggieri) or short melodic fragments (lick) built on the C major scale and possibly in Fa and Sol; (dictates of licks built on a larger pentatonic scale)
  2. Rhythmic Dictation: figures taken from the text D. Agostini “Solfeggio Ritmico Vol.1”, simple jokes up to n. 94 (End first part); “Vol.2”, composed beats (first exercises in 6-9-12)
  3. Harmonic Dictation: recognition of
  4. Major, minor, augmented and diminished triads
  5. Triads sus4, sus2 and b5
  6. Triads with added note:
  7. – Greater add2 and add9
  8. – Less add2, add4 and add9
  9. Dictation of harmonic functions: Short harmonic sequences (max 4 bars) built with major chords of tonic, subdominant and dominant (in various major tones, even more complex). For this writing we will use the slash and rhythm notation with the chord abbreviations.


  • Sounds, notes and staff
  • The keys of reading
  • The double staff
  • The musical figures
  • Simple point (3-6-12-parts) double (7 parts) triple (15 parts)
  • The binding of value
  • Crowned point
  • Measure, bar line of measure, time
  • Classification of the times:
  • simple regular times: numerator 2-3-4
  • compound regular times: numerator 6-9-12
  • relations between simple and compound
  • times Analysis of times based on:
  • Unit of measurement (or measure)
  • Unit of time (or of movement or division)
  • Unit of subdivision (of first and second degree)
  • Irregular figures: the triplet and the sestina
  • Syncope and mishap


  1. Odd Time Reading Text (by Bellson-Breines)
  2. Polyrhythms (by P. Magadini)
  3. Rhythm Brought to Life (by Ed Tippen)

Written and Verbal Exam