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If you have a voice, you can sing—and what a joy it is to sing! And, if you can sing, you already have what you need to suss out the sonic design that makes profound music … well, profound!

Join Encore University’s Masterclass series with Dr. Vern Falby on April 24, 2024 for a session on thinking by ear—the activity of analyzing music through listening to what happens in the pieces you love—their pitches and rhythms, their motives and passages.

Dr. Falby is an expert in musical engineering, solfège, and analysis in the service of music making, and served on the faculty of Peabody Conservatory of Music for 31 years.

Guided by one of the greatest minds in music, you will leave April 24’s session singing in your head—and thinking about what you are hearing as you sing—all for use in your own future music making!

DATE AND TIMEWednesday, April 24, 7:30 PM ET – 9:00 PM ET

Can’t make it to the Zoom? Encore University’s flexibility extends to our Masterclass series. A recorded version of this presentation will be sent to all registered participants after the session.


Dr. Falby encourages listeners to consciously notice the multi-aspectual, layered aural design of entire pieces, with the ultimate goal of enhancing music making and its effect on audiences. He has pursued this work for over thirty years in his project Thinking by Ear: Strategies for Music Making, working with students, in professional schools of music, and in private practice. The goal is to transform our experience of music, from series of notes in a row, into pieces that move audiences: unfolding processes to actively follow, learn and learn from, recreate or create anew.