May 5, 2011 in Music (E)
[prMac.com] Rochester, New York - Basic ear training doesn't seem all that basic when considering how much time and practice is needed in developing the skill to correctly name and recognize intervals. But fact remains that ear training is a necessary skill for any musician and is part of any college or advanced high school entrance or placement test. Since ear training can seem a bit overwhelming at first, EarMan focusses squarely on one goal: After completion of EarMan's curriculum one will be able to name the interval of any two notes sounded on a piano or any other instrument.
With Quick Sessions and the curriculum anyone can immediately start practicing at their individual level. For someone that has no experience with ear training at all and maybe doesn't read music the program works as well as for someone that wants to brush up on their skills or train for a proficiency test. Every curriculum level works as a placement test, because one cannot proceed to the next level until the previous one has been completed with a grade level of at least 80%. Quick Sessions are then typically used to prepare for the next curriculum level.
Ear training is instrument agnostic and is with the exception of very advanced observatory classes taught and practiced without instrument. That makes it makes it very portable in a sense, because we can practice it while waiting for the bus or waiting in line at the coffe shop. EarMan Quick Sessions are ideal for this kind of spurt learning and all that's needed is one's iPod or iPhone.
In version 1.5 Quick Sessions are more configurable and allow to customize the number of intervals tested per session from 10 to 100. Support for iOS 4.3 was added as well as improved support for sound libraries. The newly added support for Dropbox makes it now possible to use EarMan across several devices and keep one's progress synchronized. EarMan for Mac OS X was released recently and makes the perfect companion to the mobile versions. Additionally EarTester, a free iPhone application, is available at the App Store. EarTester tests and grades at the advanced level of EarMan's curriculum and is intended to give an accurate picture of one's current skill level.
Much thought went into the design of EarMan. There are high resolution playback samples, a clean and concise interface, interval songs to help memorize the base intervals, but above all EarMan is meant to be a constant companion. Like many things ear training needs to be done on a regular basis to truly yield results and that makes EarMan an ideal application for the iPhone/iPad.
* Structured Training Program with 105 Sessions
* Fully Configurable Quick Sessions
* High Quality Samples
* Music Notation
* Silent Mode (for Practicing Intervals Visually)
* Interval Songs as Mnemonic Aid
* Clean and Concise Interface
* Incorporation of Complementary Intervals
* Selectable Playback Range and Direction
* Automatic Grading of Sessions
* Dropbox Sync Support
* Detailed Reports
* Localized into Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish
* iPhone, iPod touch or iPad
* iOS 3.2 or later
* 15 MB Hard Drive space
Pricing and Availability:
EarMan 1.5 for the iPhone or iPad cost $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. Educational discounts as well as a limited number of teacher copies are available.
RoGame Software is located in Rochester, NY and provides quality software for iOS and Mac OS X systems. All Material and Software (C) 2011 RoGame Software / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.