After serving as a teaching assistant in collegiate theory and low brass departments, Dr Kate Wohlman perceived a need to better connect musicianship and ear-training pedagogy with performance studies on one’s instrument. The result is “Ear-tudes", a set of newly-composed etudes and instructor-guided drills that lead a student closer to thinking in music, rather than about music.

In the summer of 2014 Kate presented her research at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, Indiana and the International Women's Brass Conference, Kentucky. These presentations featured a summary of current aural skills and performance psychology research, as well as a live demonstration of the method, and the opportunity for discussion. They were targeted at pedagogues, performers, students, and anyone with ears.

For more information
The bibliography from Kate's research is available at and the full thesis document exists via the University of Iowa,

The ITEC powerpoint can be found here:

To stay in touch with the Ear-tudes project, use the contact page to email Kate and be added to the mailing list.