MusicGoals Eye and Ear is a software program for Windows that is used to develop performance skill and fluency with music fundamentals. MusicGoals puts a magnifying glass on each element and, through a sequence of related drills, insures mastery and understanding. It speeds up music lessons because it focuses on specific elements and drills everything by eye, by ear, and on the instrument.
Use MusicGoals to master notes, scales, modes, intervals, chords, key signatures, reading, instrument knowledge, rhythm, chord inversions, Roman numeral analysis, figured bass, secondary dominants, chord extensions, and open and closed voicings. MusicGoals offers the best and most comprehensive drills for mastering the elements of music. MusicGoals Eye and Ear has 62 activities with over 1800 total levels per instrument (piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, bass).
Use Main Menu - Setup Routine. Choose a routine, press OK, and then choose a course level. A list of the requirements for each course can be found on the Reports menu on the Current Goals page - Main Menu - Current Goals - (menu bar)Reports - (Keyboard or String) Course List. The course list displayed is that of the selected routine. To see a course list for another routine, use Main Menu - Select Routine and choose another routine. Then view the new course list on the reports menu.
In some cases yes but you need to consider how midi input and output devices are used. You cannot share one device between two instances of MusicGoals. Either choose different midi devices or Clear midi devices on one instance. Use Main Menu - Control Panel - Midi and Sound to select different midi input and midi output devices if you have them available, or press Clear on one instance.
MusicGoals runs on Windows Vista and XP. It will run on a Mac that is running Windows.
When you start MusicGoals as a new student you select a main instrument. MusicGoals then configures a student file with course work for the selected instrument. If you choose violin, you get violin as your main instrument and follow a course of study for violin. MusicGoals displays violin with imaginary frets shown as dotted lines. Some activities also display the treble clef and then the notes appear on the staff and also as dots on the violin fingerboard. At any time you may select any other string instrument or tuning for a custom drill. However, only one type of string instrument has routines within a single file.
"I am an amateur musician. I play primarily at church, specifically guitar. I also play banjo and a little piano. I would like to read music better than I do now. Also, I would like to improve my playing on each of these instruments. My biggest problem is practice. Time is always a big factor. Will MusicGoals help?"
MusicGoals offers a combined approach. Study scales, intervals, and chords on your instrument, in staff notation, and by ear. This combination will help your playing, ability to read, improvise, and memorize. Use MusicGoals to study this way with all three of your instruments. Set aside some regular practice time and you will be very pleased with the results. You will find areas of weakness and be able to concentrate your practice time. Try it - I think you will love it!
While MusicGoals can be used with just the computer and mouse, in this situation an external MIDI keyboard will really help. The Keyboard Staff Reading by eye and ear or by eye objectives present a series of drills that very systematically go through five finger hand positions in different keys and in different positions on the staff. Remind her to keep her hands on the keyboard, eyes on the screen, and to visualize her hands on the keyboard as she works through these drills. After mastering a few levels it really helps to go back and practice the same levels again. Use Practice Settings - Set Level to go back a few levels. This will put you in practice mode. When ready, use the Goal/Practice/Custom button to cycle back to goal mode.
The Keyboard Play Intervals objective is one of the best ways to really improve sight-reading. It is one of the hardest for beginners to master but, if you keep your eyes on the screen and hands on the keyboard, it develops very practical sight reading skills. see also
There are several ways to see and study scales and chords with MusicGoals. The easiest is to use Main Menu - Chord Lookup and follow the dialogs. Use the Hint button and click on the instrument or staff to see and hear the material. Here is another way: Let's take the guitar in drop D tuning. The procedure will be very similar for keyboard or any of the other string instruments. Start with Main Menu - Pick a Drill. Select Guitar Note Names or whatever string instrument you started with as a new student. Select Custom and by Eye and Ear and press OK. Next select Practice Settings - Instrument and Tuning from the menu bar. Check Guitar Drop D and click OK. This will automatically open the Portion of the Fingerboard and Drill Length dialog box. For this example select Reset to 12 frets and click OK. Now press F12 to select a scale or chord arpeggio to study. There is quite a list to choose from but scroll down and select "I do mi so Major Chord" from the Triads section and click OK. You will see on the fingerboard the tonic, "do" is dark green, "mi" is light green, and "so" is orange. The shapes of the dots indicate the octave where the pitch would be notated (C4 the fourth C on the piano is shown as a square - four sides). Remember the guitar sounds an octave below where it is written on the staff. Next press F10 and select C Major - a minor use flats. This is how you would see scales and chords in different key signatures. You do not need to remember all of the function keys - use Practice Settings to display chords and to create custom drills.
The Staff Reading goal activity works the same way but adds staff notation. The Scales and Chords activities give you others way to study. Use the Hint button and then click on a note or play one on your midi instrument. Each time you play a note you will cycle through the selected scales or chords (F12). Play another note to see the scales or chords in another key.
There are two things you need to do:
Ear training is nothing more than memorizing sound qualities. The sound qualities that you need to memorize are those of each interval, scale, and chord. Singing and matching pitch will sharpen your ear. Working with MusicGoals will sharpen your knowledge of the elements of music. You will learn music by eye and by ear - on your instrument, in staff notation, and by sound.
Yes - Create and save a master file with all of your own custom practice settings. Then have each student File - Save As their own copy. There are two ways to do this.
All that the students need to remember once they open their own copy of the master file is Main Menu - Next Goal (F6). Have them print out their Scores page when they are done to show you their work. Mistakes are listed as well as the average time for each drill.
To protect your master file you can set its properties to read only in Windows. Right click on your master file from Windows Explorer and select Properties - then check Read Only.
Yes! The trick is not to rely on your ear for the answers. I suggest that you use the Select Goals from List routine. Start with the instrument Staff Reading by Eye objective and add other activities by eye. I find that when I use the by eye and ear activities, I tend to rely on my ear because often it is faster. Working on the by Eye goals forces you to read the notes.
She might want to skip ahead in the Objectives and get right down to this. She can set up her own goals with Select Goals from List routine. I would recommend that she start with the Solfeggio, Melody by ear, and Staff Chords - by Ear. This will let her skip ahead. She should also work on the instrument - Intervals - by ear. However, it really helps to go through the objectives and cover all of the material.
MusicGoals uses moveable do. However, as long as you work only in the key of C, the solfeggio syllables in the Note Reading and Staff Reading and Melody Activities will appear as fixed do. MusicGoals uses do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do' for the Major scale. If you use the French fixed do system, si and ti may be confusing.
Can you tell me more about what you would like to do. Maybe I will add more fixed do options in the future. [Fixed do is now an option. Use Main Menu - Control Panel - Solfeggio Use.]
Please read about Ear Training. This will give you a better idea of our approach to solfeggio.
Do you have a MIDI keyboard hooked up? If so, let me suggest that you use both the Keyboard Note Names and Keyboard Staff Reading activities. Keep your eyes on the screen and feel your way around the keyboard to find the notes - even if it takes a while to find them! You will develop a mental image of the keyboard this way and find it much easier to sight-read.
Keyboard Play Intervals and Keyboard Name Intervals are also excellent for developing keyboard knowledge. You must think through the notes on the staff in order to answer. If you do not have a MIDI keyboard you can still use the same drills. What you learn clicking with the mouse will apply to what you later do on your instrument.
Sight-reading skills improve as you become more proficient with scales, intervals, and chords. A fluent knowledge of these, a clear mental image of your instrument, and practice lead to proficient sight-reading.see also
We have just added custom tuning to MusicGoals. [8-4-01] You can now create custom string instruments with up to 11 strings. Each string can be tuned individually. Each student file may contain two custom instruments. To have more than two custom instruments, just create another student file. These new instruments can be used in any of the string objective activities to study notes, scales, intervals, chords, solfeggio, and melody. They will work in these activities as by Eye and Ear, by Ear, or by Eye custom drills.
Thanks for the suggestion!
There are several factors to keep in mind when making this decision.
Hope this helps!
Be careful not to bump the function keys on your computer keyboard. These keys can be used to navigate through the objectives and different parts of the program. F5 and F6 go back and go forward through your current goals. When one of these keys is held down, the program will just keep going through the cycle of objectives. The help menu at the top of the screen includes a shortcut key chart.
MusicGoals has the ability to draw any string instrument with or without frets on a fingerboard. The harp is a diatonic instrument. With the pedal harp you can change the key of the diatonic scale by raising and lowering for example all the "f"s. In other words it is like playing just the white keys on the piano. With the pedal, you play for example, just the notes of a G Major scale.
MusicGoals draws notes on a fingerboard and can show their positions on the staff. You can create a string instrument with up to 11 strings and tune each string to any note. As you go up the fingerboard, each fret raises the pitch by one semitone (half step). Each octave on the harp would require 7 strings, the 8th being the first note of the second octave. The instrument would only have one fret and the strings would be tuned to the diatonic scale.
I would suggest using the keyboard activities in MusicGoals. You will get a solid foundation in music theory that will be easy to apply to the harp. Each string on the harp is like one key on the piano and you can set the range of the keyboard to match the notes on your harp. Use custom settings and select the "Scale-Tone" versions of intervals and chords. This will limit the drills to notes playable on the harp. You can change the key signature and use any of the scale sets except the chromatic ones. It certainly will not hurt to study the exercises that go beyond what you would play on the harp. However, with custom settings it would be very easy to limit the drills to only what is playable on the harp.
When you start MusicGoals you are given a choice to select an instrument. Each student then can choose their own instrument when they log on. If you save your file, all your progress and settings are saved for that instrument. MusicGoals by Eye & Ear includes courses and levels for: piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and bass. - all in one program! see also Features
MusicGoals can be used to learn and practice ledger line reading. You can set up a custom drill in any of the activities to work in any range of notes you choose. To learn to read ledger lines you might start with "Keyboard Staff Reading - by Eye & Ear". Use Main Menu - "Pick a Drill" and select "Keyboard - Staff Reading". Then under "Practice Settings" you can use the "Staff Presets" as a starting point. Then use "Practice Settings - Portion of Staff and Drill Length" to further define the range of notes you wish to learn and drill. This will set up a custom drill.
On 3-12-08 Diane Diehl reported a problem using a Yamaha PSR-E303 keyboard and the M-Audio MidiSport Midi cable on Windows XP. We tested the Yamaha YTP210 keyboard with the MidiSport Uno cable are were able to duplicate the problem. Some notes that were played on the keyboard got through to the computer, but not all. The Yamaha keyboard worked fine with an Edirol cable and the MidiSport worked fine with an M-Audio keyboard. Combining the Yamaha keyboard and the M-Audio cable did seem to work on Vista but this combination is useless on XP. A good place to find out more about keyboards, manuals, MIDI cables, and user comments is www.retrevo.com. This is a hardware problem.
Before I get to the MIDI stuff I'll mention that I've been quite happy with the MusicGoals software package. It's been very helpful getting my ear back into shape after a long layoff from violin playing. I tried most of the music training demos I could find on the net, and I found MusicGoals was far and away the best at both teaching and review. The others I tried were either too focused on drilling knowledgeable students and didn't have enough gradual instruction, were too kid-oriented, too simple, or too focused on the piano to be of any real use for violin.
I have a Yamaha Concert Select violin, and I wanted to use it in place of the on-screen fretboard. Seemed perfect since it has a line out which will go right into my laptop's mike input.
I downloaded the TS-AudioToMidi converter and it works very well. The only trick is that for violin bowing the recognition algorithm must be set to "Mono Correlator", as the others will pick up higher harmonics from bowing sounds and give poor recognition results (extra/false notes). But I ran into the problem with needing a MIDI loopback--and I wanted to use a laptop which has no MIDI devices, so using external hardware wasn't really an option. Fortunately there's a shareware device driver which does the same thing in software called "Midi Yoke". It creates a set of 8 virtual MIDI input/output loopback devices; TS-AudioToMidi's output can be set to one of those loopbacks, and then MusicGoals is set to read from the same one. Problem solved, and I'm happily using my violin with MusicGoals. It's not the easiest driver to install in the world, but it's free and it does the job. And, once it's installed it just works.
It's available from http://www.midiox.com/myoke.htm (there's a Win95/98/ME version, and a different one for WinNT/2K/XP). Just make sure MusicGoals' _output_ goes to the wavetable synthesizer or the correct output MIDI device instead of the Midi Yoke loopback. The first time I tried it MusicGoals defaulted to sending its output to the same device it was reading its input from (the Midi Yoke loopback) and with the first note on the violin it went into an infinite loop reading its own output :)
"I'm trying out the trial version of Musicgoals (1.4) on windows XP. I am using a USB-connected midi keyboard (Evolution MK249). I can get the notes to play whilst using musicgoals, but the software doesn't recognize key presses on the midi keyboard (I have to use the mouse to answer the questions). Is this a limitation of the demo, or a bug, or can it be fixed? [I really like the program]"
It should work if you have selected the correct input device that is installed on your computer. Try this: Click on "GOTO - Control Panel - Midi Devices". There will be a list of input and output devices that you can try. If there is nothing listed under input devices, you may need to install the USB drivers. Once installed there should be a input device listed.
When you close the Midi Devices dialog box in MusicGoals there will be an error message such as "no midi input device selected" if there is a problem with the USB.
You may also set the Midi input Channel in MusicGoals to match that of your keyboard. It can be set in MusicGoals within the Midi Devices dialog box. Click on "GOTO - Control Panel - Midi Devices".
MIDI stands for "Musical Instrument Digital Interface". It is simply a standard language that allows computers and different devices from various manufacturers to communicate. For example, a short midi message might be (note on, channel 1, note 60, velocity 60). This tells any midi hardware device that is set to receive messages on channel 1, such as a sound card or keyboard, to play middle C at the volume of 60. There are also longer messages that tell a specific device how to set itself up. These are called "system exclusive" messages. MIDI files contain the messages that can be sent to a MIDI device and played as a piece of music. For more information visit: What is Midi?
In MusicGoals you will see "Options" on the menu bar at the top. Click "Options - MIDI Device". In the dialog box that opens you will see two columns that list all of the midi devices available to Windows programs on your computer. The MIDI Output Device list may include both internal and external sound devices. Your speakers are most often connected to an internal device such as "something MIDI synth". An external piano keyboard connection to your computer might be listed as "something (out)" such as "AudioPCI MIDI Out". Select the Midi input and output devices you want, click OK, and then try them out in one of the goal activities. If you still do not hear anything and you know your speakers are working, try another Midi Output device on the list. "Options - MIDI Instruments" allows you to choose the keyboard sound and the string instrument sound (guitar, violin, viola, etc.) that you will hear when using MusicGoals.
First make sure that your keyboard has at least a MIDI out connector. Next make sure that your computer has a MIDI out device listed in MusicGoals - "Options - MIDI Device". If so, make sure that there is a game controller port on the back of your computer. You will need a special cable that plugs into your computer and allows you to connect both a game controller and an external midi keyboard ($15-20). Contact email@example.com if you would like to order one from us. Once connected you will be able to use your piano keyboard with MusicGoals.
Laptops may require an additional piece of equipment to allow for external MIDI connections. For these laptops you can purchase an external midi sound device (around $100). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“I started using MG with my little boy, and I would like him to be able to enter the answers through the MIDI keyboard controller attached to the computer. I can hear the keys we press if I check the Enable MIDI Through box in the MIDI Device dialog, but MG does not see the keyboard input.”
Open “Options - Midi Device” and select the listed Midi Input device. Click OK. Are there any messages or warnings? If not check your midi input cable from your keyboard to the computer. There should be two cables from your keyboard to your sound card - one for input and one for output. Are they reversed? Is your Midi keyboard controller set to channel 1 (may be listed as channel 0)? This would be the default setting for most keyboards unless it has been changed. Most keyboard controllers have settings to transmit MIDI on any of the 16 possible MIDI channels listed as 0 to 15 or 1 to 16). They also may have the ability to turn off the transmission of external MIDI out.
Try these things are let me know what happens.”
RESPONSE from Gabriel:
“I know that the hardware is connected correctly because I can hear the keyboard through the Roland after I start MG (with the MIDI Through box checked). So the connections are correct, and the Input Device (the sound card) is selected in MG (it is the only option available). It is only that the input does not appear on the MG keyboard on the screen and MG does not accept the responsein other words, MG doesn’t see the input from the keyboard.”
REPLY from Greg Giese:
“The MIDI Thru check box in MusicGoals Options Midi Device allows the Midi input to be sent back out just as it is received to the selected output device. If your keyboard is transmitting on channel 2 it will go back out on channel 2. MusicGoals responds to Midi on Channel 1. Your keyboard needs to be set to send Midi on this channel.
When you click on the on-screen Keyboard in MusicGoals do you hear the note you play? What you play goes to the selected output device on MIDI channel 1.
I take it that there are no message boxes coming up when you click OK in MusicGoals Options Midi Device. This means that your input and output devices are found and working. It sounds like you need to make sure that your keyboard is set to transmit MIDI on Channel 1.
RESPONSE from Gabriel:
Yes! I was misled by the fact that MIDI Through was working.
My son is getting a huge kick out of the program, and I’d like to develop his sense of the keyboard by having him supply the answers without looking at the keys (which you cannot do by answering onscreen, naturally).
Thanks for your patience,
I need to work on vocal sight reading and ear training. Is the MusicGoals application compatible with a MIDI microphone (if such a thing exists)? Also, would a midi-Electric Bass (again, if such a thing exists) work?
Reply from Greg Giese:
MusicGoals will respond to whatever MIDI input device is available in Windows. I use the AutoScore Pro pitch to MIDI converter with MusicGoals. It is a software program that takes the microphone input from the sound card and translates it into MIDI. There is some delay in the process and it takes a while to get used to but it works. I also use the G-Vox MIDI adaptor for Guitar. This just attaches to a guitar and has a unit that plugs into the serial port on the back of the computer. I am not sure if it will work for bass but, if you would like me to, I can find out. If you have a MIDI keyboard and a sound card on your computer, all you need is a MIDI cable to connect the two. I have these on hand if you need one.
However, you can get started without a MIDI input device. You can use MusicGoals with just the mouse to work on sight reading and ear training. To test your vocal pitch, use the Goal activities "by Eye". Sing the material that you see on screen and then check your pitch by playing back the notes on the on-screen instruments. The exercises "by Ear" require that you identify what you hear. You can use the subsets of solfeggio syllables to study moveable do (Kodaly), or if you prefer, not use the solfeggio and use just note names.
I hope this gives you some idea of the options you have. Let me know if I can help in any other way. [see also: More info on AutoScore]
Autoscore deluxe will not work with MusicGoals. It only works with the sequencer software that comes with it. AutoScore Pro will work but it cannot recognize notes below F2. For example, it does not recognize the low E on the 6th string of the guitar and notes below F on the second string of the bass.
I plugged a guitar into the microphone input of my soundcard and tried using it with AutoScore Pro and MusicGoals. It worked except for the following:
1) Autoscore Pro cannot recognize the low E on the 6th string [E2]. All other notes work OK.
2) You must play a note and release it and wait a fraction of a second before the note is sent to MusicGoals.
3) AutoScore Pro does not work for the Bass with MusicGoals because the bass notes are too low. Even if you plug in a guitar and try to use it as a bass, it is off by an octave.
I have recently discovered a FREEWARE pitch to midi program that perhaps you and I could discuss.....brainstorm. The URL is as follows: http://www.midi.ru/audiotomidi/
I have tested this software with my acoustic violin and found the correct settings that yield highly accurate and useful MIDI data.
Just a thought, for starters, but perhaps this software could be integrated into your software.....so those who do not wish to pay for Autoscore can still participate?
Comments, thoughts appreciated,
Response from Greg Giese:
I have downloaded the TS - Audio to Midi program that you suggested. It works great but requires a different setup. The Midi output does not show up in Windows as an input device. With AutoScore Pro it does. In order to use TS-AudiotoMidi I had to send the Midi output from the TS-AudiotoMidi to my external keyboard. I then moved the Midi output cable from the keyboard output to the keyboard "thru" output. This way the output from the TS-AudiotoMidi goes through my external keyboard and back to the computer. In MusicGoals I set my input device as the external keyboard and set my output device as my sound card. It is more complicated but it works and it is freeware!
With pitch to Midi programs, there is always some trial and error and adjustments to find the settings that produce consistent results. I have found with singing that it is easier to move the microphone closer to my lips after I have started the tone. The software seems to misread the initial articulations as other pitches. Holding a tone and then moving the microphone into and then out of it gives better results.
Your bass puts out an audio signal. This is an electrical image of the sound your strings produce. In order for the computer to understand which note you are playing, that signal needs to be converted into a MIDI number. There is a MIDI number for each note that you play on your bass. For example, middle C on the piano is MIDI number 60, D is 62, E is 64. The number is not the sound. It is just an instruction that tells the computer which note was played. In order to connect your bass to the computer you will need software or hardware that will convert the sound into the right MIDI numbers.
Software such as Autoscore Pro will allow you to plug into your sound card input and will convert it into MIDI numbers that MusicGoals can read.
Hardware, such as the Roland equipment requires that you install special pickups on your bass. It then converts the notes you play into MIDI numbers. This hardware then plugs into the joystick port of your sound card with the use of a special MIDI cable/adapter.
Remember, you do not need to connect your Bass to your computer to use MusicGoals. All of the activities can be done with just the computer mouse.
MusicGoals uses wave file sounds at the end of drills and MIDI synthesizer sounds during the drills. Check Options - Control Panel - MIDI and Sound to make sure you have selected the proper settings for your computer. You can experiment with the available selections to find the best set up. If you are using an external MIDI keyboard, make sure that it is set to receive MIDI on channel 1. If you are using your sound card, this is the default channel it will be set to. Next turn up the volume. You can do this for your sound card in Windows with the Volume Control located under Start-Programs-Accessories-Entertainment-Volume Control. Here you can adjust the master volume, wave file volume, and MIDI synthesizer volume for your sound card. You may also need to adjust the volume on your external speakers.