Why tone theory and ear training (solfège)?

The notation of each melody consists of several symbols. Some determine the temporal values, others the pitches, and even the playing style has its own symbols. The ability to read these symbols helps to understand the theoretical framework of the music and to be able to imagine the music. This means that by looking at the notation, we can recognize the mode, rhythm, and form of a song or piece before we play it.

In addition, ear training improves listening and performance skills, whether with singing or playing. Hearing correctly and playing correctly develop together and are interdependent.

Warum Tonlehre und Gehörbildung (Solfège)?​

Wie lernt man Solfège?

How to learn Solfège?

At the beginning you learn the elements of notation: the staff and its clefs, the position of the notes on the staff and their values, and the time signatures. This is done with different exercises, for example, beating the rhythm with the hands on a table or the body, or with the legs on the floor, similar to body percussion.
Some of the rhythm exercises are aimed at perceiving the body parts separately, for example by having the left hand beat a different rhythm than the right.
Part of the ear training is also the music dictation, in which one tries to notate melodically and/or rhythmically a music played on the oud or the keyboard.

For variation in the lesson, the exercises are played both in groups and individually, sometimes accompanied by the oud, sometimes by the drum.

It is not enough to do the vocal and aural exercises, as well as to expand the musical imagination, but we also need practical applications. This is done with traditional songs and melodies that have been heard consciously or unconsciously since childhood. This allows learners to supplement what they have learned theoretically with practical examples.