Meet Donovan Mixon, Founder of Performance Ear Training!

Singers…Have you ever felt inadequate because you couldn’t effectively communicate with your musicians? Or have you ever wanted to sing harmony parts more easily? If so, this episode is for you! Join us to hear from ear training expert, Donovan Mixon. Mixon has taught his method around the world, in addition to teaching at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. A new session of Performance Ear Training Live is beginning this week.

Performance Ear Training Live presents an organized collection of study concepts designed to help you develop a functional & intuitive ability to hear and respond to progressions, chords, scales, intervals and melodies.

The Study Concepts are:

  • Harmonic Basslines: a technique for singing basslines that reflect the harmony of a progressions.
  • Concept of Continuance: A sight-reading development strategy.
  • Cycle 4 Intervals: System for hearing intervals in isolation and in a tonal context.
  • Inner Hearing: A way to strengthen your musical imagination.
  • Straight Line Exercise: Technique for sensitizing the ear to hearing lines through chord progressions.
  • Phrase Superimposition: Concept for shaping a single phrase over changing harmonies. 

General aural skills concepts & practices used in the course are: Movable DO, Solfege Syllables, Tendency Tones, Guidetones and Dictation.

Lessons are presented in 8-week blocks that comprise sixteen live sessions in which you are directed through appropriately leveled topics designed to develop your aural skills. During the bi-weekly lessons, Donovan Mixon will put you through the paces with group and individual activities. It is here you will gain insight as to how to study and be challenged with valuable dictation practice.

Welcome Video;

BIO PAGE Donovan Mixon

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About gretapope

Dr. Greta Pope has enjoyed a three decade career as an in-demand entertainer for corporate events, as well as public and private events of all types. She has performed throughout Europe, the Far East, South America and the Caribbean, as well as in the United States and Canada. Dr. Pope is a published author. Her book is entitled Music, Money & You; Managing the Business. It is used in the Chicago Public Schools and is available at booksellers nationwide. Dr. Pope is President/CEO of Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. since January 1991. The company is in the business of Entertainment Production, Publishing, Recording and Educating. Greta Pope Entertainment products include the shows Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, American Songbook, American Jazz in Paris and International Intourlude. The most recent Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. production is the very popular MOTOWN...Pride of the Motor City! show. For more info visit Dr. Greta Pope is the founder of the, where she offers Business Education products for Singers, including Business Courses, Business Consultations, Voice Lessons and Piano Lessons. She also hosts The Business Savvy Singer Podcast. For more information or to join the "tribe" of Business Savvy Singers, visit
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