MusicGoals Eye and Ear objectives include:



Main Menu - Pick a Drill   can be used to reach any objective.





There are three objectives for each type of drill activity. Each can be done by Eye and Ear, by Ear, or by Eye. The sequence of learning music fundamentals is not simple or is it the same for everyone. MusicGoals provides multiple ways of learning and drilling each fundamental concept.


Instrument courses combine objectives that cover instrument knowledge, music theory fundamentals, sight-reading, and ear training. They include objectives dealing with these subjects of musicianship training:


Instrument Note Names, sharps and flats

Staff Reading

Half Steps and Whole Steps


Scales and Modes


Diatonic Intervals

Chord Construction

Solfeggio - scale degree names

Key Signatures

Chord Inversions

Melody - whole note patterns

Compound Intervals

Scale-tone Triads and Scale-tone Seventh chords

Roman Numeral Analysis

Figured Bass

Secondary Dominants

Augmented 6th Chords

Neapolitan 6th Chord

Open Voicings


Use the instrument course list to see the required levels for each course. From Main Menu - Current Goals select the desired instrument course from the Reports menu. There you will see the current keyboard and string instrument course lists. To see other course lists, choose another course routine or open another student file for another string instrument.




The By Eye and Ear drills introduce elements on the instrument, on the staff and in sound. The By Ear objectives present the material in a sequence more appropriate for ear training. The By Eye drills require reading symbols without the aid of sound.


Within each course the objectives are arranged so that each element is drilled multiple ways on the instrument, in staff notation, and by ear. For example, beginners play half steps and whole steps on their instrument, then identify Major and minor seconds on their instrument, and then read and play these intervals from the staff. Finally they construct intervals given a starting pitch.


The benefits of some drills may not be obvious to the beginner at first, but some objectives require a combination of skills. MusicGoals ensures the development of these foundation skills. MusicGoals builds music fundamentals with the mental image of the instrument, staff notation, and memory of sound.


It is important to match objectives with the needs of the student. Go slow and reinforce what is learned with multiple activities. If you are setting your own goals, be sure to repeat and review. Passing a goal level does not represent complete mastery. Proficiency is a long term goal that requires repetition.


The courses are a starting point only. They attempt to balance various related objectives with required levels of achievement. However, individual student needs will not always match the order and sequence of the course routines. For example, some students may need more work with sight-reading, others may need more work with ear training. The flexibility to accommodate these students is built into MusicGoals. With the use of different routines, practice and custom drill modes, as well as the ability to skip courses, it is easy to make adjustments.


Ear Training