Audiation: Hearing With the Mind's Ear
"Our ear must learn to listen inwardly to our soul."
Audiation is the ability to hear and understand music for which the sound is not physically present. People may audiate when they are listening to music, performing music, reading and writing music, composing music and improvising music. We give meaning to music by audiating it. Through the process of audiation, we sing and move in our minds - without necessarily having to sing and move physically.
Why is audiation essential for students' musical growth? Music is first incorporated into the body through the ear. As children, we begin to move when we hear music and than we begin to sing. We hear a melody and we sing with joy, freedom and gusto. As we grow, what is it that happens, and that joy gets lost? As music teachers, we have the possibility to rekindle that joy, that freedom. Providing your students with the skill of audiation through rhythm, melody, harmony and memorization is indispensable to their musical growth..
In this workshop, we will talk about hearing in many dimensions: tonality, harmonic progression, rhythm, meter, and melody, to mention a few.
Workshop structure and cost:
Workshops are organized throughout the U.S. for groups up to 200 people. Sessions run from 2 hours to full-day and are customized according to the needs of the group. Fee: $150/hour.
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"[Your audiation workshop] is so inspiring, and I cannot wait to apply what I have learned into my teaching, not to mention the fun huge ear headband for my teaching. I have heard so many wonderful things about you for years, and it It is simply wonderful to finally get to know you personally."
- workshop participant