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An academic recommends learning music by ear

by Bruce Siegel on November 15th, 2010

One of my biggest gripes about piano teaching as a whole, is that students are almost always taught to read music before they learn to play by ear. That’s why I was thrilled to hear this interview with Rob Cutietta, Dean of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, in which he stresses the importance of learning to play by ear first.

A tip of the hat to Marsha Melone for turning me on to this.

I talk about the importance of developing your ear here.

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