Beginning Tonal Dictation and Ear Training



This course is specially designed for beginners for musical ear training. Students will learn from hundreds of dictation exercises that will help them practice hearing with more accuracy and to become more competent musicians. This course covers the basic ear training which deals with the basics of Pitch, Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony.


  • Drums Structure.
  • Pop Drum Groove.
  • Rock Drum Groove.
  • Techno Drum Groove.
  • Indian style drum Groove using drums, Dholaks and Tabla.
  • Bass Guitar Structure.
  • The function of Bass Guitar in Rhythm section.
  • Using the notes of a triad to construct classic Bass Guitar Grooves.
  • Using diatonic and chromatic approaching notes.
  • Writing in Pop, Rock, Techno and Indian style Bass Groove.
  • Acoustic and Electric Guitar.
  • Writing Acoustic Guitar Strumming styles in various styles.
  • Learning the concept of writing Arpeggios, Chugs and Power chords for Electric Guitar in various styles.
  • Learning the concept and technique of writing for keyboard in various styles.
  • Final Project.

  • Requirements


  • Age 16+
  • The student must have completed the Music Theory 1, 2 and 3 Courses or must have completed Grade 8 theory exam conducted by Trinity College of Music, London or ABRSM. The Student should be good in Western Music Notation reading and writing
  • Software and Hardware Requirements

  • Any sequencing software (Cubase or LogicPro).
  • The students should be able to sequence music using MIDI keyboard.
  • The Students should also know how to use VST Plug-ins.
  • The Students should buy the Trillian, Omnisphere, Piano, Electric Piano, Groove Agent. Battery and Guitar VST Plug-ins.
  • PC or Mac system.
  • Good Soundcard.
  • MIDI Keyboard.
  • Required Textbooks

  • Beginning Tonal Dictation by Thomas L Durham.
  • The "Real Easy" Ear Training Book by Roberta Radley.


    Weekly two classes of one hour each.

    Duration of the course is one year.