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I'm Donovan Mixon, Musician & Educator

I’ve helped hundreds of students move closer to their musical dreams.

After forty years as a professional musician and educator (Berklee College of Music in Boston, University of Bologna in Italy, Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey) I completely understand what it feels like to confront sight singing melodies without knowing where or even how to begin.

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Here's Why This Method Is For You

Have you ever experienced any of the points below? If you have, Performance Ear Training is the tool you've been missing to perfect your musical ability.

Panicked When Asked to Read or Transpose?

I know the stone-cold challenge of being asked to read or transpose music on sight or on the fly.

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Gotten Lost and Struggle to Find Your Way Back?

…or the panic of getting lost in an arrangement without the ears to find your way back.

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Could Not Get Past the First Notes of a Lick

I’ve felt the heat of trying to learn a lick in the moment but couldn’t get past the first couple of notes.

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Jumped in the Middle of a Song in the Wrong Key

…or jumping into the middle of a song only to discover I was playing in a different key before I even knew it.

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Stuck to Playing the Same Old 10 - 20 Tunes?

You haven’t learned new music for a long time because your process involves a lot of guesswork.

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Tried Lead Sheets But Still Can't Read Music

You don’t read music very well so a lead sheet would be of little use and anyway, your ear couldn’t tell you what’s right.

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Could Not Get Past the First Notes of a Lick

The truth of the matter is you’re stuck and getting bored even if you do alright with the band.

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Taken Ear Training But it Was Just Too Hard

The truth of the matter is you’re stuck and getting bored even if you do alright with the band.

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What My Students and Colleagues Say

Mr. Mixon is a highly accomplished performer, composer and arranger, and a devoted teacher/clinician and administrator with broad experience on an international level.

Alan DubenProfessor, Department of Sociology, Instanbul Bilgi Universities

Donovan was an exciting addition to our camp curriculum. I was amazed at how easily he was to adapt to not only different age ranges but levels of ability. From first day beginners to advanced players, Donovan took command of his students' attention in a very subtle way. They respected and liked him. I felt lucky to observe him in the classroom and found his vast knowledge of music curriculum astounding.

Lesley Piccihietti ByersDirector of Communications an Outreach, Chicago Jazz Phil

I was first introduced to Donovan Mixon in my home town Ferrara, Italy when I was a young student trying to leam everything he could about music and improvisation. At that time Donovan was teaching and performing extensively in my country. Hearing him play his compositions really inspired me to pursue my own style both as a composer and a performer.

Daniele SantimoneMusic Teacher and Performer, Scuola Comunale di Musica

Naturally I was pleased to learn of Mr. Mixon's credentials and accomplishments at our first meeting at Kennedy-King College. However his personal history: dedication to music, jazz, education, and world travels made an even greater impression upon me. After only a cursory perusal of his background and references I was chagrined at the cold reality of budget restrictions that precluded my ability to bring him on board in our music department immediately.

Dr. Curtis PrinceMusic Instructor, Kennedy-King College

At Berklee Donovan was regarded as a hard working successful academic and teacher among his peers and the student population. His service to the college in both the department of ear-training and ensembles were seen as very important contributions to curriculum design and systems of evaluation and are still in use today.

Darcy HepnerProgram Coordinator, Professor of Music, Mohawk College

Performance Ear Training offers a trustworthy and elegant self study map.(It) has my unequivocal endorsement.

Bill LoweAfrican American Music and Jazz Studies Northeastern University

I recommend Donovan Mixon’s Performance Ear Training to all professional drummers. It works! Our most important duty is supporting the band and the key to that is “listening”. Performance Ear Training taught me the importance of that.

Ferit OdmanJazz Drummer & Media star

It really sharpened my hearing and understanding of pitch relationships - pitch in general. I find myself much better able to direct my students to harmonic patterns and get them thinking about the underlying chord structures of what they are playing. What you get out of it is ‘refinement’.

Natalia MannClassical and jazz harpist and teacher

As for the P.E.T .: it changed my life !!! I was able to sharpen my ear, improve my approach to the instrument, tackle harmonic turns without knowing the songs. Thanks Don for all this!

Massimiliano Macs-Sacs CobianchiProfessional saxophonist

This class has improved my literacy with jazz and music in general. It has really helped me to listen a lot better.

EvansLifelong Amateur Classical/Jazz Guitarist

I recommend this method to the serious student who wants to move from point “A” to point “B” in a logical progression of activities for the development of “hearing” on the instrument.

Greg BadolatoFormer Department Chair Berklee College of Music

As a drummer, I’ve always envied the ability to instantly recognize harmonies, melodies, tension... If it weren’t for Mr. Mixon’s course, harmony would be like math class since I don’t play other instruments. His system helps me hear the harmonic concepts we worked on in the class.

Emre YensonDrummer

It really works! The course is incredible in that now I'm able to hear the relationships between notes, chords, and keys - where I am in a key center. I imagine in an improvisational context, can map out what others are doing and respond deliberately.

Katia Mestrovic Classical Harpist

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