"I've done a lot of jingles in my career, and having been a student here at Berklee and understanding how ear training works, I use solfège to learn the jingles. Jingle houses don't really use written music anymore. You just have to go in and listen and learn the song by ear. So over the years I've used my ear training skills to write down whatever I can't memorize right away. I literally write, just over the lyrics to the jingle, the solfège, or the sol-fa. If it's really confusing to me, I'll write the rhythm that goes along with it. Just little personal notes—but ear training has allowed me to do that, so that I can work fast. And I really think that that has been a plus through my career. You get called back when you can work quickly."
"I teach solfège, and wrote the two solfège books that the Ear Training Department uses. It's essentially learning how to look at a piece of paper and know in your head what it sounds like, or hear something and know how to write it down. When my daughter was in kindergarten, she read little booklets with 10 words that told the story. Ear Training 1 is like kindergarten. You repeat those little elements a lot. You work on intervals, you work on chords, you work on little rhythms, and eventually you put them all together. When students reach their four required semesters of ear training or solfège, they're ready to read major compositions."
The Ear Training faculty presents a diverse program of their original music, from jazz improvisation to classical interpretation to pop and R&B songwriting to experimental music, with an emphasis on how musicianship skills are the basis of what we do as creative and expressive musicians in all styles and genres.
20 of Berklee's Ear Training faculty composers and performers present a diverse program of their original music, ranging from pop/rock songwriting to jazz to contemporary classical composition to new and experimental music. Special guests include the renowned a capella quintet Vox One.
The John Funkhouser Trio, with Greg Loughman on bass and Mike Connors on drums, will be playing Funkhouser's compositions. Together for five years, the trio seamlessly weaves a tapestry of progressive modern jazz, influenced by funk, classical music, etc. Don't miss it!