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Hello! My name is David Anthony and I am hoping to test out of basic ear training. I have been a professional musician and educator for over 25 years. I music direct and direct theatre for colleges and performing arts high schools. I have played piano bars and I currently teach choir and vocal masterclass at the Young Americans College of the Arts. I am still on faculty at Saddleback College, Cypress College and music direct at Cal State Fullerton. I studied piano at the Orange County School for the Arts, then Chapman University for Choral Conducting, Composition and Music Education. I didn’t finish at Chapman even though my upper division units were finished which is why I am finishing now at Berklee.

I think the main reason I could be able to test out of basic ear training is that I teach choir and ensemble harmony in musical theatre. I have to play and sing individual harmony lines every day to teach the parts. All keys and meters constantly. As a musical theatre composer I have extensive notation experience with changing styles, meters and keys within 1 piece of music. I have taught music theory at performing arts high schools and at the college level (including preparing students for the AP music theory test.) I have taught melodic and rhythmic dictation for years. 

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Shades of Grey (Composition, Scoring, Piano Playing)

This is a musical theatre song that I wrote. I am sharing this to demonstrate my ability to play the piano and it shows my notation. In theatre the scores have to be meticulous. 



Here I Am (Composition, Scoring, Basic Track)

Here is another song I wrote for a musical. This is an opening number that changes styles and meter and another way to show notation. This show was about an Iranian immigrant. This also shows notation and my ability to transcribe and notate what’s in my head. 



Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Conducting)

Here is a rehearsal video from my first year of teaching. 


Desperado (Blues-ish Song)


Pathetique Movement 2 – Beethoven


Random Choral Arrangements

Let It Snow arr. David Anthony



Hurt – Christina Aguilera arr. David Anthony



Walking On Broken Glass arr. David Anthony



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Week 01 – Conducting Basic Rhythms

  • Conducting while Singing Basic Rhythms in 4/4
  • Conducting while Singing Basic Rhythms in 2/4
  • Conducting while Singing Basic Rhythms in 3/4


Week 02 – Identifying Different Time Signatures and Notating Basic Rhythms

  • Identifying 4/4, 2/4, and 3/4 Time Signatures
  • Notating Basic Rhythms

See Supplemental Material 

Week 03 – Introduction to Solfege

  • Singing the Major Scale Using Solfege Syllables
  • Singing the Tendency Tones with Resolutions
  • Singing Basic Melodies That Include Tendency Tones
  • Notating Basic Melodies from the Literature


And Supplemental for notation

Week 04 Tonic/Dominant Relationships and Three-Note Scale Patterns

  • A New Scale Pattern for Your Warm-Up Routine
  • Singing and Identifying Dominant-to-Tonic Cadence Patterns
  • Reading Bass Clef Exercises



Week 05 Tonic/Subdominant Relationships

  • A New Scale Pattern for Your Warm-Up Routine
  • Singing and Identifying Subdominant-to-Tonic Cadence Patterns
  • Transcribing Subdominant-to-Tonic Cadence Patterns


Week 06 Tonic, Subdominant, and Dominant Relationships; Blues Form

  • A New Scale Pattern for Your Warm-Up Routine
  • Singing and Identifying Subdominant, Dominant to Tonic Cadence Patterns in the Blues
  • Singing Harmony Parts on a Blues Song

Week 07 Introduction to Notation

  • Review
  • Notating
  • Singing primary triads
  • Exercises in Basic Notation

Week 08 Becoming The Recognizer

  • Finding Do in the Key
  • Exploring Different Keys
  • Warm-Up Interval Exercises
  • Exercises in Interval Recognition

Week 09 Hearing Form

  • 12-Measure Song Forms with A B Elements
  • Explore Different Keys
  • Warm-Up Interval Exercises
  • Exercises with Riffs and AAB 12-Bar Forms
  • Exercises in Interval Recognition


Week 10 Relative Minor

  • Identifying the Difference between Major and Minor Tonic
  • Warm-Up Exercises in Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales
  • Exercises with minor melodies
  • Exercises in Major/Minor Recognition
  • Form Exercises: 16-Measure A B Recognition

Week 11 Relative Minor Primary Triads

  • Identifying Primary Triads in Minor
  • Warm-Up Exercises with Minor Primary Triads
  • Basic Notation Exercises with Primary Triads
  • Form Exercises: 24- and 32-Measure ABA AABA Recognition
  • Exercises in I IV V Recognition


In Closing