2 types of intervals

I have done very little piano of late. But I’d started to work on the grade 5 theory materials, using a book called “master your theory”. Much of the material I already know, but I haven’t utilised it for quite some years.
Today I was reminded there are 2 different ways of naming intervals. Aurally, and thereticalalusing theoryy might have more technical names, but I can’t remember those, so if anyone knows, feel free to comment.
Aurally naming intervals is fairly easy and logical for me. I just use the chromatic scale to help me. There is a pattern to them, and if you can remember the pattern, and becomes fairly easy to reconize intervals. As an example of the chromatic system I use, starting on C, a semitone or half-step above C is a minor second, a tone or whole step above C is a major second; one tone and one semi-tone above C is a minor third, 2 tones above C is a major third; then 2 tone and one semi-tone above C is a perfect fourth. The fourth, fifth and octave intervals are “perfect” intervals. The pattern is always minor, followed by major. Looking at a whole, the pattern is as follows: Minor second, major second, minor third, major third, perfect fourth, tritone, perfect fifth, minor sixth, major sixth, minor seventh, major seventh, perfect octave. Is you can reconize a perfect fifth by ear, you can usually work out the interval by singing above or below the notes to work it out. I have perfect pitch, so I don’t usually have too. But this is how I taught myself to reconize a minor sixth which gave me a lot of problems while studying for my grade 8 piano.
Now, if you aren’t bored with reading yet, to the theoretical naming of intervals. This all depends on the key it’s written in. For the sake of keeping it simple I will use C as the key. The perfect intervals remain the same; that is, perfect fourth, fifth and octave. DEPENDING on the notes used, will depend on how the interval is named. A C to E for example, is a major third, because in C, an E is a third above C. A C to D sharp though, is you heard it, it would be a minor third, because using the chromatic scale, the pattern is minor major, and counting up the chromatic scale, it would be a minor third. However, in this case, it is named as a augmented second. Because the distance between a C and a D is a second. However, the note used in this example is a D sharp. That’s one semi-tone or half step above a D. This makes for a larger, or augmented interval, in this case augmented second.

varied thoughts

I’d got some thoughts floating in my brain, so I am using this blog to put them out there.
This week, I’d had 2 people highlight to me the need to more braille music tuition. I can’t speak for Australia, but it seems lacking in other countries. The benefits of braille music are huge. I honestly couldn’t imagine learning piano music of the complexity required of the AMUSA by ear. It would take too long, and that’s just a start. Knowing things like which hand would play which voices in a fugue, and tempo markings and accents just would be really hard if you are just listening. Even vocal music while a little easier would be hard to learn just by ear. Word placement alone could be an issue, as well as just the lyrics.
So I am seriously thinking of offering braille music teaching services via skype in addition to my piano teaching, as I want to be able to help blind people make their musical lives easier.
On the subject of teaching, I’d also read by a number of people lately that they want to teach but don’t have the means to go for a music degree. While a music degree is probably the best option, it’s not the only one. I looked at some options myself because it’s not possible for me right now to sake the degree option. So I decided to take another route. I asked myself how I could get the same skills with out taking a music degree.
First I took my grade 8 piano, which gives me the technical requirements for teaching piano. I will be taking my AMUSA in the next few years, which will enable me to teach all levels, as I don’t want to limit myself to just beginners. I am currently doing a certificate Iv in training and assessment, which will give me skills on how to train and assessment people, and how to create learning programmes and session plans. Armed with all this knowledge, as well as joining the music teachers association and attending the odd workshop here and there, I can obtain my goal of teaching piano.
I’m sure there are ways to achieve musical goals with out going for a music degree. Performers could play at hotels and study with a private teacher, for example.

30 min lessons

I can see why lessons should be about 30 mins. Firstly, by the time you cover technique, pieces, then new materials, and then review, it’s about 30 min. I actually set a timer today and it took just over 30 mins. I know some teachers do 45 min lessons, which I can see a bit later.