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Dear collective wisdom:
A student in my first-year Aural Skills course is having much trouble with triad recognition. The student has AP (or very close), and can name the pitches played, from about G3 upwards (the student is a violinist). But a D-flat major triad causes trouble: the student hears C# and F, has trouble decding between G# and Ab, and can't figure out what kind of triad this is. Having established that it's a D-flat major triad, a D major triad is heard as being higher--and the student jumps to the conclusion that it's augmented. This student is very smart, but this line of thinking is clearly problematic. Has anyone encountered this sort of thing? Does anyone have a remedy? Feel free to contact me privately if that seems more appropriate:
John Snyder, University of Houston
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