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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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Created by Amy Nielsen
Last updated 4/2014
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  • 35 mins on-demand video
  • 9 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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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!"


Who is the target audience?
  • Who Is This Course For?
  • For any age, child through adult [Note: children will need to be guided through these lessons by an adult or teacher].
  • For those that are "tone deaf" or have trouble singing in-tune
  • For those that are new to singing
  • For those that wish to improve their pitch in singing
  • For those that wish to be able to hear when they are singing out of tune
  • *For those that wish to learn a system for sight-reading
  • *For those that wish to improve their accapella singing
  • * marked are benefits of full course
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What Will I Learn?
Know how to practice for the most effective progress: 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.
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  • 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)
Curriculum For This Course
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Tune It Up! Course Introduction
4 Lectures 10:01

Welcome to the course video

Preview 00:49

Practice Process and Procedures. Follow these throughout the course.

Practice Process and Procedures

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

What Is Ear Training and Why Do It?

Video about singing in-tune.

Preview 05:06
Lesson #1
5 Lectures 10:01

Video about pitch.

What is Pitch?

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

Preview 02:32

Imitation: Speaking lesson activities.

Imitation: Speaking

Listen and Identify: Same/Different (spoken rhyme)

Imitation: Sounds
Lesson #2
3 Lectures 01:39
Listen and Identify: Same/Different (Sound Clips to Quiz 1)


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

Listen and Identify: Same/Different
10 questions

Imitation: Slides

Listen and Identify: High/Low (Sound Clips To Quiz 2)

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

Listen and Identify: High/Low
10 questions
Lesson #3
4 Lectures 05:14

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: Vocal Pattern Cards

Imitation: Slides (to set notes)

Sing Some Notes: Pitch Matching

Listen and Identify: High/Low (Sound Clips to Quiz 3)

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

Listen and Identify: High/Low (large intervals and octaves)
10 questions
Lesson #4
5 Lectures 12:53
Pitch, Same/Different (Sound Clips To Quiz 4)

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

Pitch Matching, Same/Different
5 questions

Step or Skip
10 questions

Continue the Journey
2 Lectures 00:44

History of Solfege

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About the Instructor
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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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