Updated: Sep 30, 2020
To start off, this is an awesome video of cute Claire (famous with her dad from putting singing duet videos on YouTube) showing off her perfect pitch!
Now this is not to say every child will be gifted with perfect pitch with ear training. However, it is important that a young child going through formal music education on an instrument should have ear training incorporated into their lessons. Here are 3 reasons why.
The Brain and the Ear Need to be Trained Together
Often, we teach young children the theory of different pitches and musical intervals. On paper, on the keyboard and in their brains it all makes sense. But our ears need to make sense of it all - for the brain to fuse all these learning together. And this takes more time then understanding it. It is training the ear to listen and identify these intervals. What we are aiming for is for the recognition of intervals to be effortless.
Ear Training enables a Child to Play Many Instruments
A child with a trained ear can play almost any instrument. With a trained ear, a child can make sense of any instrument given to him. What's left is the technique of playing the instrument.
It Empowers a Child
Ear training helps children understand what they are listening to and this is very empowering. You won't see the results immediately, but gradually they grow up being able to be a well rounded musician. Singing in pitch, composition (writing their own songs), improvisation (playing freely with looking at music sensibly) - are very powerful tools to have, and these are derived from a well-trained ear.