Sentiamoci a Parma 2017. Eartraining Workshop e Forum – 25/28-01-2017

Sentiamoci a Parma 2017. Eartraining Workshop e Forum – 25/28-01-2017


Eartraining Workshop and Forum

Parma, Conservatorio “Arrigo Boito”

Auditorium del Carmine

25-26-27-28 January 2017

Valdis Bernhofs


Violaine De Larminat


Coralie Fayolle


Elke Hofmann


Alberto Odone


Ruta Paidere


Pierre Zurstrassen



Since several years Conservatorio “A. Boito” is committed to didactic innovation applied to eartraining and music formation. Enabling Jazz and Pop curricula, adopting new methods and media for teaching and renewing programs for pre-academic courses are some examples of this work-in-progress experience. The Workshop and Forum “Sentiamoci a Parma” develops in this frame with a dual aim: to gather in a single event eartraining teachers from different italian and european institutions (and experiences) and to act as an occasion for discussion about several modi operandi. Without underestimating thoretical and pedagogical facts, we believe that the practical experience, lived through the concreteness of the real lesson, can become the core of eartraining debate and renewal.

For these reasons, the program of the four days involves real lessons in several groups of students of our Conservatorio (from pre-academic to Bachelor degree) held by the participating teachers. Eartraining teachers attending the re-training course SONO held by Alberto Odone at Scuola Musicale di Milano will participate in Sentiamoci a Parma as a part of their course program. During the last day of the Workshop a debate will take place, intended as an opportunity for discussion and exchange of experiences and opinions. Lectures will be held in Italian or English and translated for the audience.


Wednesday, January 25th 2017

9,45 opening

10,00 - 11,20 Valdis Bernhofs: Eartraining with jazz chords progressions (part 1)

11,30  - 12,50 Elke Hofmann: Experiences and experiments with sight singing (part 1)

break for lunch

14,30 - 15,50 Pierre Zurstrassen: Jazz minor harmony

16,00 - 17,20 Elke Hofmann: Experiences and experiments with sight singing (part 2)

17,30 - 18,50 Pierre Zurstrassen: Instinct intuitive dictation (please bring your own instrument)

19,00 end of session

Thursday, January 26th 2017

10,00 - 11,20 Valdis Bernhofs: Eartraining with jazz chords progressions (part 2)

11,30  - 12,50 Violaine De Larminat: Are melody and harmony two different things? Sight singing and harmonic hearing

break for lunch

14,30 - 15,50 Alberto Odone: Melodic, harmonic and poliphonic dictation - working ideas (part 1)

16,00 - 17,20 Elke Hofmann: Different hearing types from the researchers' point of view

17,30 - 18,50 Violaine De Larminat: Did you say rhythm... or rhythm? (part 1)

18,50 - 19,20 Book presentation: ”Eartraining” by Riccardo Insolia and Massimo Leonardi

19,20 end of session

Friday, January 27th 2017

10,00 - 11,20 Coralie Fayolle: Polyphonic and harmonic eartraining (level 1)

11,30  - 12,50 Pierre Zurstrassen: Secondary dominants

break for lunch

14,30 - 15,50 Valdis Bernhofs: Eartraining with jazz chords progressions (part 3)

16,00 - 17,20 Coralie Fayolle: Polyphonic and harmonic eartraining (level 2)

17,30 - 18,50 Ruta Paidere: Systematic way to develop harmonic hearing


17,30 - 18,50 Alberto Odone: Melodic, harmonic and poliphonic dictation - working ideas (part 2)

19,00 end of session

Saturday, January 28th 2017

10,00 - 11,20 Violaine De Larminat: Hidden features inside eartraining books

11,30  - 12,50 Ruta Paidere: The use of creative methods in eartrainig classes


11,30 - 12,50 Violaine De Larminat: Did you say rhythm... or rhythm? (part 2)

break for lunch

14,30 - 15,50 Alberto Odone: Understanding tonal music by ear

16,00 - 17,20 final discussion and sight singing all together

17,30 end of workshop and forum



Sentiamoci a Parma is free and open to anyone concerned. International teachers may attend the workshop as Training mobility (STT) within the Erasmus+ program: please refer to your International relationships office for further details. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please send an email by January 23th 2017 to:


valdis2Valdis Bernhofs (1969) is ear training teacher for Jazz musicians and choir conductors at the National School of Arts in Riga (Latvia). Valdis was appointed as associate professor in ear training and music psychology in 2014 at the Latvian Academy of Music. He completed his first MA in Choir Conducting at the Music academy in Riga (1992). In 2006, he completed an MA in Music therapy at the University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg. He completed his PhD in systematic musicology (music psychology) in 2013 and his PhD research focussed on aural attention abilities and the possibilities of its development. His academic interests are in the areas of neurocognitive aspects of musical learning. Since 2014 he is involved in the international team work Music and Brain (University of Heidelberg) to investigate the anatomical and functional features of the auditory cortex by musicians and non-musicians.
He regularly teaches the modules Ear training and Cognitive aspects of music training on further education programme for teachers in Latvia.
Valdis is the author of various curriculars, and methodical materials in music theory, and music history. He developed the digital aural training program AuTra based on pitch and rhythm parameters, also the training program AuTra2 for scale, interval and chord perception training. Since 2016 he is a head of the music theory class at the Latvian Academy of Music.

LarminatViolaine De Larminat was born in Orléans (France) where she started studying organ, piano, ear training and chamber music. Then she was admitted at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMP) where she studied harmony, counterpoint, fugue and analysis, concurrently with Musicology at the Sorbonne where she graduated in 1993.
In 1992 she got in Paris the pedagogical teaching diploma for music theory and ear training. Then she moved to Wien, where she studied at the MDW, graduating in Catholic Church Music and Organ. Since 1995 she teaches at MDW solfege, eartraining and analysis for composers, conductors and sound engineers. Many concerts as organist in several countries; masterclasses in Germany, Italy and Slovenja; forums in Holland and Belgium; publications about eartraining in Austria, Germany and Russia; juries in Slovenja and France.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter completing her degree and PhD, Coralie Fayolle won several prizes in Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and Orchestration at Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. She also got a degree in Music formation and taught at several Conservatories and at Paris-Sorbonne University. She currently teaches Music formation at Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, after being Theoretical Department director. She is well known as a specialist in boys' choirs and voice of children as her musical works – staged at Opéra-Bastille and Cité de la Musique – prove. From 2000 to 2003 her work Les clown des neiges was stages all over France theatres by Compagnie du Tabouret, with the aid af Beaumarchais Foundation. She established the musical theatre ensemble Musique et Compagnie at Sorbonne and composed countless works for musical theatre, such as La nuit de rois, En italique, scene music for Jeu de l'amour et du hasard (Marivaux), Monsieur chasse! (Feydeau) and Barbier de Séville (Beaumarchais). She also composed Red Silk Avenue (first staged by Mireille Larroche in 1990 at Péniche Opéra), Le roman de Renart (first staged by Vincent Tavernier at Amphithéâtre de l'Opéra-Bastille), La farce de Maître Pathelin (commissioned by Festival de Montreuil-sur-Mer and staged in 1999 by Pierre Letessier), Lady Godiva (commissioned by CREA in 2003), Bacchis et Bacchis (2007, from Plauto), A mots perdus and Dans la cour (commissioned by Orchestre National de Lyon in 2006 and 2008), Les sales mômes (commissioned by CREA in 2010) and Jeanne et les Jean, on the occasion of the 6th centenary from the birth of Joan of Arc. In 2013 she wrote La flûte chantee (for children and boys' choir), staged in Vincennes, winning the Music Teaching award. Her most recent work is Chat-secret, for boys' choir, commissioned by Radio-France. Many of her works are regularly staged all over France. In 2015 she won the Nouveau talent prize (SACD). Coralie published several books with CD for children at Gallimard-Jeunesse and musical tales at Combre Editions in the Découvertes par le chant series.


Elke Hofmann was born in  Groß-Umstadt (Germany) in 1969. She studied music in Fribourg and in  Heidelberg-Mannheim. In Fribourg she was awarded three teaching diplomas: Recorder with A. Dorwarth (1992), Music theory with P. Förtig (1993) and Piano with H. J. Koch (1994).
In Heidelberg-Mannheim she was awarded the Piano concert diploma with C. Back in 1997. Since 1994 she teaches Music theory and Eartraining at the State Music Academy in Karlsruhe and Music theory at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen and at the Hannover Univeristy. Since 2001 she teaches Eartraining at the Music Academy in Basel and coordinates the Master of Arts in composition and music theory.



Alberto Odone's main field of interest is the Pedagogy of Musical Listening. From the very beginning of his activity, he put together both teaching and researching, trying to overcome the delay of the italian situation in this field. Sources of his work are: studies in Musical Theory and Psychology, the direct experimentation and a multi-faceted relation with the international context. This has been carried out by periods of studies abroad (in France, Germany and by the International Kodàly Institute of Kecskemét, Hungary) and a subsequent intense teaching activity, with more than 70 courses given in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Latvia, and in a number of italian institutions.
The outcomes of this activity are shown in a number of articles on specialized journals and books published by Ricordi, Curci (Milan) and Rivera/Impromptu (Valencia, Spain). He teaches at Conservatorio "G. Verdi" in Milan and cooperates with the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research with courses for Music High School teachers of Theory, Analysis and Composition. He conducts the Chanson d'Aube Vocal Group of Milan, giving concerts in Italy and abroad.

ruta-paidereRuta Paidere was born in Latvia in 1977 and acquired her primary musical education at the local music school. In 1992 she was admitted to the Music Theory Department of Riga Jāzeps Mediņš Music College and in 1998 – to the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre, initially studying composition with Peter Michael Hamel. In 2003 she honed her composition skills at Dartington College of Arts in Great Britain and in 2005 was admitted to the piano class of Prof. Volker Banfield at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre. Ruta’s compositions have been performed across Europe, Israel and the USA, in various concert series as well as at such music festivals as Musica in Strasbourg, Tenso Days in Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival in Northern Germany, Arēna festival in Riga, and others.
She has been commissioned to write opuses for various institutions, including the contemporary music masterclasses Akademie OPUS XXI, Bavarian Academy of Arts/Ernst von Siemens Music Fund, Cologne Radio, Latvian Radio Choir vocal group and chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga. Since 2007 she teaches music theory at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre and at the Hamburg Conservatory. Ruta has received scholarships from the culture funds Oscar und Vera Ritter Stiftung and Pro Musica Viva Stiftung. In 2003 she was the recipient of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) Award for foreign students in Germany. In 2005 she received the Hermann and Annemarie Rauhe Contemporary Chamber Music Award and in 2007 – the Bach Award-Scholarship of Hamburg City. In 2012 her composition Tempera was nominated for the Latvian Great Music Award as the Best New Composition of the Year.

zurstrassen2Pierre "Pirly" Zurstrassen was born on April 15th 1958 in Verviers/Belgium. He initially taught himself to play the piano and has since then extensively composed for stage, dance, TV as well as for his own projects. He joined the Improvisation class held by Karl Berger and Garrett List at the Liège Royal Conservatory. He performed in Europe and Africa and has made around 20 recordings under his own name, receiving several prizes, such as the SAX and the André Grosjean prizes. In his latest project entitled “le Chant des Artisans” he exclusively plays accordion alongside the Tric Trac Trio and Paul Hermant.
In addition, he teaches Ear training, Practical jazz harmony and Sight reading at the Jazz Department of the Brussels Royal Conservatory.


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