The goal of Relative Pitch ear training is to learn to follow the flow of music, *effortlessly* by ear. The Ear Training University (ETU) app was carefully designed to take all the guess work out of how to learn this skill. Whether you’re a complete beginner in ear training or have done ear training before, ETU’s approach is sure to find any weaknesses your ears may have and systematically build your sense of Relative Pitch from the ground up.
Rather than presenting a “Grab Bag” of drills, we have designed a series of lessons that teach you how to do ear training the right way. These lessons include both video instruction and interactive drills. Most of the settings --including tempo changes-- are already programmed into the drills to keep things interesting and challenging. All you need to do is follow along!
Progress is easy to visualize simply by viewing the Lesson Cards which keep track of your stats, for example: when you started a lesson, the percentage completed, when you last visited a lesson and when you completed it. You can enter your music teacher’s email address and they will receive progress reports every time you complete an activity as well!
The videos explain how to properly do the drills which include listening drills, singing drills and spelling drills. They will encourage you along the way!
The best way to learn Relative Pitch is to do both singing drills and listening drills. Singing is active learning. Listening is passive. Learn first by singing and then test your knowledge by listening. ETU’s interactive drills make learning Relative Pitch with this method easy and doable for everyone!
(We realize that watching videos is not for everyone. However, if you only watch one video, watch “The Discernment Drill – The Key to Discerning Harmonic Relationships!” This video discusses one type of interactive drill called "The Discernment Drill." This drill really opens up the ear so that it can perceive harmonic intervals and chords *instantly* even when played lightning-fast during Speed Rounds.)
⁃ Interval training drills (up, down, harmonic), both Singing and Listening Drills.
- Professionally recorded voice-over cues for drills.
- Interval and Chord Spelling drills.
⁃ Chord Identification drills (arpeggios and harmonic)
⁃ Chord Inversion drills (harmonic and arpeggiated)
⁃ Give your responses with on-screen piano keyboard or large easy to push buttons.
⁃ Change instruments at any time during drills
⁃ Interval singing and chord singing drills
⁃ Setup your correct vocal range
⁃ Slow self-paced drills and “Speed Rounds” which test whether you’re ready to move on!
⁃ Video instruction
⁃ Teacher Reports (these reports even include spelling test questions and the student’s responses)
Please check in with us frequently as we have a lot of new content planned for ETU. We’re excited to bring you this app and will be updating frequently!
- Fixed an issue where video player was replaying the same video
- Fixed a crash
- Performance Improvement
Ratings and Reviews
Videos don’t load
None of the videos load (I have both WiFi and full FTE). Pausing, going forward, waiting, etc. doesn’t work so I can’t get any video to load. Any ideas why? I’m sure this app is amazing otherwise but I can’t use it :(
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the review! The videos are being streamed online and due to a change in the protocol of the streaming service, the app will requires an update to resolve this problem. This update should be out soon. The ear training drills however are unaffected by this issue. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Poor User Experience (Updated)
I started this app up last night, and had battery issues all day. I realized that this app was sitting in the background killing my battery for 21 hours straight. Apps aren’t supposed to do this, please update for efficiency and proper battery and resource use.
The issues that I reported in my original review were fixed in the latest release (1.1.0).
This developer is active and helpful.
Rating updated + thanks!
I haven’t been able to get past one lesson/video per app start. The content looks ok but hard to say since the UI is so horrible that it makes it unusable.
Hope to see an update soon.
Developer Response ,
Jaydekay, thanks for reporting this issue. I'd be happy to fix this. However, I'd like to ask you a question or two so I can be sure I have the issue properly resolved. Can you email me at EarTrainingUniversity@gmail.com so we can take the conversation offline?
(Response 2) Jaydekay, thanks for the update. Indeed I'm very actively working on this app with many new features in store that when they are released, hopefully will earn a 5 star rating from you! If you had a little time, would you mind emailing me at EarTrainingUniversity@gmail.com. Let me know what features and/or content you'd like to see added!
(Update: Version 1.1.0 has been released and resolves the video play issue you reported.)
Hi, thanks for stopping by and giving me a review. What you're experiencing is the video player getting stuck on the same video. It is a known bug inadvertently introduced in version 1.0.9 (our initial launch didn't have this issue.) However, it is fixed in version 1.1.0 which is in queue to be released very soon.
The drills are unaffected by the bug.
I'd love hear any other suggestions you might have. Please drop me a message at EarTrainingUniversity@gmail.com. I give high priority to features suggested by users and am already working on some new features that have been requested by people.
Great and easy to use
It’s a new fun method of training your ear and it’s helped me become a better musician
Developer Response ,
sav.ET.. Glad you're enjoying the app! Thanks, Sean
- Sean Thomas
- 114.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- © 2018 Sean Thomas
- In-App Purchases
- Freshman Level Complete $4.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.