Many of Marianne Ploger's crucial discoveries and original theories on perception and learning that provide the foundations of The Ploger Method® originated in the early stages of her career, while she was teaching privately.  She has been using many of these novel concepts in her teaching since the early 1980s, and in the last two decades has incorporated them into curriculum development projects for both workshops and the university classroom.  As faculty at The University of Michigan, she developed the aural skills curriculum for graduate conducting students; during this time she also created the curriculum for the "Aural Skills for Conductors" program at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak.  Marianne first created and taught the Ploger Method® Musicianship Intensives, post-graduate workshops in aural perception and recognition, in 2006.  In 2008, she joined The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University as the Director of the Musicianship Program, where she developed a comprehensive aural skills, or "musicianship" curriculum.  The Ploger Method® also forms the foundation of the musicianship curriculum at The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point; Marianne has also collaborated with faculty at West Virginia University and Western Michigan University on incorporating elements and approaches from The Ploger Method® into curricula.

Learn more about the Musicianship programs at The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and The University of Wisconsin - Steven's Point:

Musicianship at The Blair School

Musicianship at The University of Wisconsin - Steven's Point

Below, you'll find a 15-point schematic comparing Musicianship, as based on The Ploger Method®, to the commonly-used approaches to aural skills, sometimes also called eartraining and sightsinging:


For those of you at other schools who may also be using The Ploger Method® in your own teaching, please email Marianne with a description of what you've been doing and any photos or other relevant materials - we'd love to feature you on the website as well!

Banner photo credit:  "Mother and baby ducks" by Scrumshus - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -