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Gaye T.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a recently retired full-time professor from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. , where I taught for 27 years.
I taught all 4 levels of core ear training, in addition to a great course called "Performance Ear Training for Voice" (levels 1&2). I continue to teach for Berklee Online.

I also was active as part of the Audition and Interview team for Berklee, auditioning hundreds of students at home and abroad, for admission to the college.

My students have always appreciated my expertise, patience, and enthusiasm for teaching.

About Gaye T.

I am a professional musician, as well as being an experienced teacher.
I play piano and flute, and sing, too. I'm a composer and arranger, and am currently on the composing team for "The Young and The Restless", the CBS daytime drama. I've earned 6 daytime Emmy nominations as a member of the team.

After high school, I attended Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY for 2.5 years.
From there, I transferred to Berklee College of Music, and graduated with a degree in Commercial Arranging. My principle instrument was alto saxophone.

I've been playing, teaching and singing in the Boston area for many years. I taught at Berklee College of Music, the in Ear Training Department, for 27 years.

This past year, I traveled to China twice, to help students prepare for their Berklee audition.

I am married to a professional musician, and have 2 great kids, and a rescue dog named "Soybean".


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6 Reviews
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Gaye is one of the best instructors that I have ever had! She starts with where you are as a learner, and presents material in ways that really stick. Gaye will make you work, but you'll come away a much better musician, having solidified a foundation to truly build on!

Posted Jan 14, 2020
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Gaye is an incredible teacher! Her online ear training course was engaging, interactive, well-organized, and highly effective. I tend to learn better in a live classroom environment, and so I was tentative about online coursework. However, Gaye creates an online classroom that is so versatile and engaging I never missed the "live classroom" aspect. She truly brings the online platform to life and makes wonderful use of the tools the online format can afford. Her lessons are accessible to every kind of learners. She had us singing, playing, listening, recognizing, and notating in every lesson. She holds her students to high standards and helped us to reach our goals. She gives in-depth, individualized feedback that made learning feel more one-on-one than most live classrooms could feel. Her lessons are well-organized, and build on each other in a very logical arch. Before long, she had us singing and notating things I never thought I could do! I hope to take as many classes with Gaye as I can.

Posted Jan 13, 2020
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Gaye is a fantastic teacher - she knows so much about ear training, the different methods and techniques, common difficulties, how to best approach whatever area you may be struggling with… To be honest, when I first started ear training, it felt like this big, insurmountable, anxiety-inducing obstacle. But now, with all the helpful tips, tricks, and techniques she taught me, everything feels much more doable, and I now have a lot more confidence in my ear training capabilities.

Posted Jan 13, 2020
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Gaye was helpful and effective at guiding me from the performance level where I was to the level I needed to get to.

She was available and communicated in a timely manner, which is always helpful in an online situation.

I had a superior experience in her class.

Posted Jan 8, 2020
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Gaye knows ear training and theory inside and out. She is a professional singer and multi-instrumentalist, as well as composer and arranger. Plus she taught Ear Training at Berklee College for more than 20 years so she has a well developed pedagogy. I would highly recommend her.

Posted Jan 6, 2020
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Best. Teacher. Ever. Gaye is patient, clear and kind. She is also super organized so I always feel like I know what I should be working on. I can see my progress from week to week and am so excited! I can't say enough good things about this teacher. I will definitely be taking her again!

Posted Jan 6, 2020

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Course Author/Facilitator
Sep 2012 - Present

Berklee Online

Course Author and Facilitator - Ear Training 2 Course Co-Author and Facilitator - Music Foundations Course Facilitator - Music Theory 101

Professor - Ear Training
Sep 1992 - May 2019

Berklee College of Music

Also taught Harmony and Voice Lessons


Bachelor of Music - Commercial Arranging
Jan 1980 - May 1982

Berklee College of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method
Jul 2005

Shenandoah Conservatory-Shenandoah University

Level 3 Graduate with post-certification course work


Daytime Emmy Awards
Apr 2014

The National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences


National Association of Teachers of Singing
Jan 2014
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
Jan 2002
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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