Roberta Radley

Assistant Chair
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  • Career Highlights
    • B.M., Berklee College of Music
    • Special studies at Philadelphia College of Art and Boston Museum School
    • Experienced private instructor

In Their Own Words

"Ear training is a way to translate the sound of the music into meaningful language. When reading music, it's the 'inner hearing' of what that music is going to sound like. Or if you're listening to a recording, it's being able to notate it or directly transfer it onto your instrument."

"When I graduated from Berklee, I had all As on my singing tests and flunked all the dictation tests. It wasn't until I graduated and started transcribing jazz solos—because I wanted to know how to improvise—that I started to do some serious ear training. So I'm kind of the guinea pig of my own processes."

"Ear training is not magic. And it's not something you're either born with or not. It's a lot of dedicated hard work, and it takes time. But the value of it is that, like a language, once you own it, you own it."

"I want students to have the 'joy of ear training'—to see it as something that has personal rewards. And I'm constantly reminding students to make it real. If you don't take what we do in the classroom into your own musical daily activities, it's just not going to click."