Theta Music Trainer Releases New Games for Ear Training and Music Learning

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Theta Music Trainer unveiled five new online games for music learning today, along with a new belt class system to help guide music students through progressive levels of musicianship. The newly expanded site now features 35 games with over 700 levels for ear training and music theory practice, designed specifically for musicians, teachers and students.

New Singing Game on Theta Music Trainer: Vocal Steps (Repeat)

New Singing Game: Vocal Steps (Repeat)

Theta Music puts the FUN back into ear training!

Theta Music Technologies today released five new online games for ear training and sight singing as part of a major update to Theta Music Trainer, its critically acclaimed service for online music training.

The five new games on Theta Music Trainer include:

Vocal Steps (Repeat): Singing game in which players must repeat a short melody back after hearing it played on an instrument. Increases accuracy in pitch and timing.

Three Tones (Minor): Piano game that trains musicians to recognize short minor-key melodic patterns by ear.

Flash Styles (Drums): First-of-its-kind game that helps players learn to recognize drum styles.

Speed Chords: Fast-paced game that trains musicians to recognize different types of chords by ear, along with their inversions.

Vocal Degrees (Minor): Singing game that trains players to sing the degrees of the minor scale in all twelve keys.

With this update release, Theta Music Trainer has also introduced a new Japanese-style 'belt class' system in which players are grouped into ten different classes of belt color based on their current level of progress. Players start at the white belt level and progress through the various stages until they reach the level of black belt. Along the way, the system provides guidance and game recommendations that are specific to each belt level, making it easier (and more fun) to chart a course of progress from one level to the next.

About Theta Music Trainer:
Theta Music Trainer is a complete set of online games designed for ear training and music theory practice. Launched in October 2010, Theta Music Trainer provides musicians of all levels with a deeper understanding of music and a stronger ability to play music by ear. The music training games are classified into four categories: melody, harmony, rhythm and sound. Each game is divided into twenty levels of difficulty. Game scores are recorded and players may check their results and progress reports at any time.

Theta Music Trainer was created with the purpose of injecting an element of fun and excitement into a musician's daily practice routine. Rather than simply doing the same drills over and over, the training is based around a set of 35 different games, each designed to strengthen a particular area of musicianship. For example, one game helps the student become familiar with the tones of major and minor scales, while another game trains the student to recognize different types of chords. The variety and pacing of the games are designed to hold the interest and attention of students as they practice a wide range of musical skills.

Since its release in October 2010, Theta Music Trainer has been widely praised among music educators and independent music teachers alike. "Theta Music puts the FUN back into ear training," says George Brodbeck of Ear Training Online. Thomas West, a prominent teacher and clinician at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts in Philadelphia, writes that the games are "engaging, entertaining, and get kids to listen closely in graduated levels of difficulty." Jeremy Boggess, Director of Mastering Music, calls Theta Music Trainer "the first ear training software that has blown me out of the water."

Service and Pricing Information:

The first three levels of all games can be played any number of times with a free account. Full-access subscriptions are available on a monthly or yearly basis, and provide access to all 35 games and all 700 levels. In addition, several of the games have a 'challenge level' that is unlocked after all the regular levels have been completed.

Individual monthly subscriptions cost US $7.95/month, while yearly subscriptions are priced at $49.00/year.

For private music teachers and studios, the Theta Studio plan includes 50 accounts, and is priced at $99/year.

For classroom and university music teachers, the Theta School plan offers 200 accounts, and costs $199/year.

About Theta Music Technologies:
Founded in 2003, Tokyo-based Theta Music Technologies is a leading developer of games and applications for music learning and musical skill training.

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