Funnily enough, I’ve been doing these exercises for years, and teaching them to my students for years for ear-training purposes. I thought I’d made them up. Oh well. Indeed, as the writer of Ecclesiastes aptly said, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9)! There’s a timeless truth that might go something like this: “If it works, it just works.”

Yet I hereby deflect any due props to Nadia Boulanger, for these her “Sequential Exercises.” I respectfully grant her the credit, because she published these in one form or another. Nearly 100 years ago. Not only does she predate me, but she certainly had a lot more education, experience, and mastery than I do!

If these exercises can be of help to you, here they are. Use for improving your ear, relative pitch, fixed pitch, vocal control, and breath control.

Source: https://pdfslide.net/download/link/nadia-boulanger-sequential-exercises

They are also available here (Public Domain). You may freely download them.

Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979)

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