Recently I set the challenge for some of my students to find what they thought was the most useful free music iPhone app. A recent focus in my studio on developing aural skills was evident when multiple students came back raving about a free app called ‘Ear Trainer Lite’ (the full Ear Trainer app costs $7.49). [···]
One of the essential skills for any musicians is the ability to sight sing. It is invaluable to have the ability to be able to look at a score and hear the music internally, or to be able to sing the music aloud. A quick poll of several of my music teaching colleagues showed that while every teacher agreed that sight singing was a valuable and necessary skill for instrumentalists, only one teacher of the 12 present actively taught this skill in their lessons.
I find that the easiest time to start teaching sight singing is when a student is an absolute beginner to an instrument. [···]