Meludia, ear-training program, free for Canadian IPs this year

So, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra partnered with the French tech company Meludia to make more than 600 ear training and music theory exercises available to anybody with a Canadian IP address free of cost for a period of one year. As of December last year, the interactive Meludia method is available to Canadians of all skill levels, chiefly thanks to the CPO, its Music Director Rune Bergmann who will be the program’s Canadian ambassador, and the CPO donors who are covering much of the cost associated with the project.

So I did a bit of research and from what I could gather, what distinguishes Meludia in the music e-learning field populated by software like Ear Training HQ, SingTrue and Ear Master is the method itself, created by the French educator and composer Vincent Chaintrier. A log-in (there’s a quick sign-in process where you have to give your email address) takes the user to a game-like universe where, the idea is, the instruction is imperceptible. Whether the level is Discovery, Intermediate, Advanced or Expert, as far as I can tell there is no musical grid in sight and no notation. The games on the density of the sound, ascending or descending melodies, contained or unresolved chords and “pitch identification gymnastics” grow in complexity with every new round. Tones and half-tones are introduced via intuitive visuals and an understanding of scales is built up by stealth.

While Meludia won’t train you to read notated music from the stave, its emphasis on the sensorial and play side of music is meant to develop your musical mind before you take the first piano or solfège lesson. Most of us start by taking that lesson, which kinda ties music-making to homework.

The 625 progressive exercises are now accessible to all Canadian internet provider addresses until December 2018 on meludia.com. I started it recently; if you give it a try, let me know how you get on.

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2 thoughts on “Meludia, ear-training program, free for Canadian IPs this year

  1. I subscribed to Meludia a while ago, for $. It is excellent for ear training, tho the steps are not quite as transparently intuitive as one might wish. But with trial and error, you get there. It is hard, but rewarding when your ear “gets” it – and probably that would happen a lot faster for someone with better ears than mine!

    1. I did wonder about some of their visual representations and what is it that they call “complex” sound early on in some of the exercises… but you get used to the vocab, I think. I’ll see how it goes as I progress. While for ex the visual representations of the sound in the TSO symphony guides don’t work for me (I find myself pondering what the symbols mean – they’re not, again, as intuitive as the designers claim them to be), this set of symbols looks a bit easier to handle.

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