Types and Stages of Audiation

 

Types of Audiation

The types of audiation are not hierarchical. Some of the types, however, serve as readinesses for others.

Type 1 Listening to familiar or unfamiliar music
Type 2 Reading familiar or unfamiliar music
Type 3 Writing familiar or unfamiliar music from dictation
Type 4 Recalling and performing familiar music from memory
Type 5 Recalling and writing familiar music from memory
Type 6 Creating and improvising unfamiliar music
Type 7 Creating and improvising unfamiliar music while reading
Type 8 Creating and improvising unfamiliar music while writing

 

Stages of Audiation

As theorized, the six stages of audiation are hierarchial–one stage serves as a readiness for the next. The table below outlines the stages of audiation as they occur in Type 1 of audiation (listening to familiar and unfamiliar tonal patterns and rhythm patterns in familiar and unfamiliar music).

Stage 1 Momentary retention
Stage 2 Initiating and audiating tonal patterns and rhythm patterns AND
recognizing and identifying a tonal center and macrobeats
Stage 3 Establishing objective or subjective tonality and meter
Stage 4 Consciously retaining in audiation tonal patterns and rhythm
patterns that we have organized
Stage 5 Consciously recalling patterns organized and audiated in other pieces of music
Stage 6 Conscious prediction of patterns