Classical musicians sometimes miss terrific musical riches and resources right under there own noses: plenteous, powerful, familiar, and fun. I’m referring to familiar tunes and songs. We just harnessed their power in creating the Song-O-Nome – quick & easy ways to come up with a fairly accurate metronome marking using familiar tunes. Now we are going to use these tunes to help our ear training and memory in another way: using the first (or prominent) interval of the tune to help us hear and be able to sing and identify all of the simple intervals. This list is incomplete; there are many other such lists on the internet if you care to pursue it further.
Using Familiar Tunes for Interval Recognition
Minor 2nd: Jaws (shark theme), White Christmas
Major 2nd: Happy Birthday, Frere Jacques, Doe a Deer, Silent Night