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YOU ARE EAR.

YOU ARE EAR.

YOUR EARSPACE

In line with our belief in making The eAr Academy as student-centred as we can, your eArspace will be the centre of your experience here.

It’s your personal space, designed for you and around you. It’s where you’ll come to learn and play, to see what you’ve done and where you’re going, to pick up where you left off.

Click on the different parts of the eArspace below to find out more about each one.

YOUR learning experience

Structured spontaneity, focused freedom.

At The eAr Academy, our courses are rigorous, but not rigid. They’re thorough, but we also want them to be thrilling. So they provide structure for you to follow the material in a linear sequence if you choose to, while also allowing you to indulge your curiosity and explore what you feel drawn to at the time. This makes your learning experience more holistic, joyful and rewarding.

Course Structure

Every level is made up of 12 playgrounds (Introductory Level has 6). The playgrounds are arranged to be progressively more challenging, so you’ll probably begin with Playground 1 and work your way through the others from there.

This is an example of the first few playgrounds that make up a level:

Playgrounds

Each playground covers 7 facets of music: Tunes, Etudes, Exercises, Reading, Improvisation, Hearing, and Theory. Covering all of the facets will make you a more rounded and complete musician. You can work through them in the sequence we suggest, but you also have the freedom to study whichever facet you want to, whenever you want to.

This is an example of a playground, made up of the 7 facets. Click on the facets to watch videos about them.

Reading

Play better, together

Tune

Tell a story

Exercise

Get musically fit

Improvisation

Play in the moment

Etude

Connect with your instrument

Hearing

Listen to the world

Theory

Make more of music

Your Playground

Example
Playground 1

Reading

Play better, together

Watch Video

Tune

Tell a story

Watch Video

Exercise

Get musically fit

Watch Video

Improvisation

Play in the moment

Watch Video

Etude

Connect with your instrument

Watch Video

Hearing

Listen to the world

Watch Video

Theory

Make more of music

Watch Video

FACETS

When you explore a facet, you’re shown all of its relevant and related coursework, which may include instructional videos, audio tracks, backing tracks, Shedding (practice) Sessions and musical notation. You also get a built-in metronome and tuner to help you play and practice.

Click on the facets below to explore each one:

TUNE

Explore this facet:

  • Videos can be played full screen or in a separate window.
  • Tune audio is with your part - it's for you to listen to.
  • Backing track is without your part - it's for you to play along with.
  • For Shedding Sessions: watch the video, then alternate playing with your teacher. You can do the same with just the audio.
  • Use the sheet music for guidance.

Play Instructional Video (3:14min)

Tune

Play Audio

Backing track

Play Audio

Sheet music

Join Shedding Session (4:22min)

Shedding session

Play Audio

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Click on the facets below to explore each one:

Playground

Tune

Etude

Exercise

Reading

Improvisation

Hearing

Theory

To create and explore your own eArspace, you can enrol in a course, or try out a course for free for 14 days.

YOUR INSPIRATION

Your musical muse.

This is a place for you to keep, find and rediscover inspiration while you’re studying at The eAr Academy. A place to put thoughts and lyrics, album covers or pictures, reflections and collections, reminders of why you first wanted to play, or anything else that evokes joy, sparks your creativity and makes your musical heart sing. We give you some inspiration to start with, build on, and share. After that, you’re able to simply copy links to images, songs and articles, and paste them here.

This is an example of an Inspiration page:

23 April 2022
Reggae festivals

16 September 2021
Jazz Giants

12 September 2021
Mind of a genius

20 September 2021
Musical Icons

01 January 2022
The Beatles On Air

09 January 2021
Jazz is my life

06 August 20213
Some World Music images I like

20 September 2021
Writing music such an inspiration

01 January 2021
Stardust the spectacular biography

19 September
A classic forever

15 June 2021
The intertwined history of pop and art

01 January 2021
Sound of South Africa

18 September 2021
The coolness of Jazz - in design

To create and explore your own eArspace, you can enrol in a course, or try out a course for free for 14 days.

Your earmarks

For the record.

Your eArmarks show you how far you’ve come in your time with The eAr Academy.

eArmarks are badges that acknowledge your progress in a level: as you complete each playground, you earn an eArmark. When you complete a level, you receive a Certificate of Musicianship.

To create and explore your own eArspace, you can enrol in a course, or try out a course for free for 14 days.