How to hear and sing "in-tune" (Intro course)

Go from "tone deaf" to trained with vocal exercises, listening exercises, & simple songs. (Singing, Ear Training, Voice)
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

NOTE: INTRO course is only the first section of lesson, not the complete course. See Curriculum outline.

FINALLY a singing AND listening curriculum designed to train both your EARS AND VOICE!

The cornerstone to singing "In-Tune" is the ability to "match pitch" (i.e. the ability to hear a note and recreate it with your voice).

So, why choose Tune It Up? Because this innovative program is different than other ear training programs out there.

How? Most of the ear training programs only focus on one thing – training your ears. They have absolutely nothing to do with the voice part (singing). Tune It Up! combines both listening and singing, teaching your ears to hear “in-tune” and your voice to sing “in-tune.”

So why not, "Tune It Up!"

Full Tune It Up! release date TBD. Email for updates or visit tuneitupcourse.



I really enjoyed having voice lessons from Amy. At first I was a little hesitant just because I am shy with my voice. However, I got comfortable really quick and got out of my shell! I learned a lot about voice technique, too. I can reach higher notes without straining, and I know it's healthier for my voice. I am so happy with my lessons, and can't wait for more! -Cora H.

Over all I have really enjoyed the way Amy teaches. She always knows what to fix and how to fix it. She has definitely helped me improve a lot. - Whitney R.

Tune It Up is a great course to help people train their ears and voice to be able to sing in tune better. It takes practice but it is simple and helpful.

-Gary D.


Tune It Up! is a singing and ear training curriculum designed to train your ears to listen "In-Tune" and your voice to sing "In-Tune." This course offers a carefully planned sequence of musical exercises and songs designed to “tune-up” both your ears and voice.

In the lessons you will learn how to train your ears to listen “in-tune” and your voice to sing “in-tune” through the use of vocal exercises, listening exercises, and songs, centered around the professionally-recognized ear and voice Kodaly concept of solfeggio (solfege or solfa), [Remember the “do, re, mi…” song from “Sound of Music”?] You will also learn the basics of music theory including: rhythm, reading music on a staff, key signatures, note names, and musical signs and symbols.

Follow the lesson as instructed and, put together with consistent daily practice, your ears and voice will improve!

Join me now and let's, "Tune-It Up!"


What are the requirements?

  • No prerequisite music knowledge required.
  • Virtual piano (link to websites with free virtual pianos provided in the course).
  • Voice Recording Device (suggested but not required)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Practice Goal: We all know "practice makes perfect" or at least, makes us better. Put your practice to good use! A little bit of practice every day is better for improvement then a lot of practice once in a while.
  • By the end of the course you will have been introduced to pitch and its variations in the voice and objects around you.
  • By the end of the course you will know the first two notes of solfege, and some of their songs and exercises.
  • By the end of the course you will know several rhythm notes and their function in music.

Who is the target audience?

  • Who Is This Course For?
  • If you are "tone deaf," then this course is for you.
  • If you are new to singing, then this course if for you.
  • If you have trouble singing "in-tune," then this course is for you.
  • If you wish to improve your ears (listening) and your voice (pitch), then this course is for you.
  • If you wish to learn a system for sight-reading while training your ears and your voice, then this course is for you.
  • • If you wish to improve when singing accapella, then this course is for you.
  • If you are any age, child through adult, who wants to be more musical, then this course is for you. [Note: children will need to be guided through these lessons by an adult or teacher].

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Tune It Up! Course Introduction

Welcome to the course video


Practice Process and Procedures. Follow these throughout the course.


Video on what ear training is and why you should do it.


Video about singing in-tune.

Section 2: Lesson #1

Video about pitch.


Introduction to lessons 1-2. This video goes through each section of lessons 1-2.


Imitation: Speaking lesson activities.

Listen and Identify: Same/Different (spoken rhyme)
Imitation: Sounds
Section 3: Lesson #2
Listen and Identify: Same/Different (Sound Clips to Quiz 1)
10 questions


1. Download sound clips in the supplemental section under downloadable materials.

2. Listen to each sound clip (labeled "Same Different, Lesson 2, B1," ...B1-B10), and decide if the notes in the clip are the same notes or different notes. If they are the same, select same for the answer and if they are different, select different for your answer.

© 2014 Amy Nielsen

Imitation: Slides
Listen and Identify: High/Low (Sound Clips To Quiz 2)
10 questions

Listen and Identify: High/Low


1. Download sound clips (labeled "high-low, lesson 2, D1," and so on) in the supplemental section under downloadable materials.

2. Listen to each sound clip (D1-D10) and answer whether the note went high to low or low to high.

© 2014 Amy Nielsen

Section 4: Lesson #3

Use you voice to follow the patterns on each card. Vary your range (how low or high you go) and speed of the patterns. You don't have do do all the cards at once. You can break them up over practice sessions or do them all at once. It will never hurt to do a few vocal pattern cards before your other practice or lecture sections each day. :)

Imitation: Slides (to set notes)
Sing Some Notes: Pitch Matching
Listen and Identify: High/Low (Sound Clips to Quiz 3)
10 questions

Listen and Identify: High/Low


1. Download the sound clips from downloadable materials section (labeled "High Low, Lesson 3, G1" and so on).

2. Listen to the Example 1 C A clip. This clip goes from a low note to a high note.

3. Listen to each sound clip (G1-G10) and identify whether the sound went high to low or low to high.

© 2014 Amy Nielsen

Section 5: Lesson #4
Pitch, Same/Different (Sound Clips To Quiz 4)
5 questions

Sing Some Notes: Matching Pitch, Same/Different

Directions: Listen to each sound clip (labeled Matching Pitch 6-10), and answer if the notes being sung are the same notes or different notes.

© 2014 Amy Nielsen

Listen and Identify: Step/Skip (sound clips to Quiz 5)
Step or Skip
10 questions
Solfa Introduction: sol-mi
Sol-Mi Songs and Exercises
3 pages
Introduction to Music Signs & Symbols
Section 6: Continue the Journey
4 pages

History of Solfege

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Instructor Biography

Amy Nielsen, University Music Professor, Professional Performer

A lifelong student of music (piano and voice), Amy Nielsen has been performing since she was a toddler. As a student of voice, interim Doctorate in Vocal Performance and Directing, and Masters of Music graduate, Amy has been tutored by the highest caliber of teachers, from university to the Metropolitan Opera.

For almost 20 years, Amy has taught pianists and singers of all levels, (from "tone-deaf" to advanced musician) from Utah to all around the country via Skype.

When not teaching in her music academy (i.e. founder of "Prodigies Music Academy"), teaching at Dixie State University, or coaching students at summer camps (Utah Lyric Opera: Utah Vocal Arts Academy), she is performing. (St. George Opera, Southwest Symphony, and so on).

Music memberships and certifications: Licensed music educator in the State of Utah, Let's Play Music, Organization of American Kodaly Music Educators, Music Educators Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Amy loves music and loves teaching. She would be honored to work with you privately, through Skype. Visit her at her Prodigies Music Academy website to learn more!

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