The Ear Training Core Curriculum and Proficiency Assessment

Ear training classes, in combination with arranging, harmony and music technology courses, will provide you with a broad-based musical vocabulary, important skills for your major studies, and a well-rounded musical background. The Ear Training core curriculum is a sequence of four courses designed to progressively cover rhythm, melody, intervals, conducting patterns, and harmonic hearing. Each entering student is placed into one of the ear training courses based on the proficiencies, skills, and knowledge demonstrated on the ear training section of the Entering Student Proficiency Assessment.

Once the core requirements have been completed, Berklee students can choose from a variety of ear training electives. Electives range from Performance Ear Training (for each instrument), Rhythmic Ear Training (advanced rhythmic concepts), Harmonic Ear Training (hearing chord progressions), Advanced Ear Training (atonal interval hearing), and Jazz Transcription.

For more Ear Training information, also see the Glossary of Terms Used in Ear Training and Recommended Reading List.

Watch the video below for more on Berklee's ear training program:

Ear Training 1

Development of basic ear training skills through singing and dictation studies. Study of songs, intervals, and exercises in the major scale. Study of basic rhythm patterns.


  • Ear Training Workbook 1

Ear Training 2

Development of basic ear training skills through singing and dictation studies. Study of diatonic materials including jazz standards, bass lines, melodic sequence, intervals, triads, seventh chords, and common harmonic progressions. Rhythmic study will derive from patterns occurring in classical and contemporary music.


  • Ear Training Workbook 2

Ear Training 3

Ear training skills developed through singing and dictation drills. Selected chromatic syllables are presented through core melodic motives, forming the basis of melodic reading, melodic dictation, and the study and recognition of common harmonic models. Rhythm studies will be similarly presented through rhythmic core motives.


  • Ear Training Workbook 3

Ear Training 4

Modal singing and dictation studies. Interval studies, two- and three-part dictation. Advanced chromatic studies.


  • Ear Training Workbook 4