Mastering Aural Tests

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Key information:

Course dates:
Mon 3 April – Thur 6 April 2023
Course times:
10.30am–12.30pm, BST (UTC+1)
Age:
11-17
Art form:
Music
Fees:
£150
Deadline:
5pm, Wednesday 29 March 2023
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools, Workshops & Saturday Centres (ages 4-18)
Mode of study:
Online
When:
Easter

Course info

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  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged
  • The deadline for bookings is 5pm on Wednesday 29 March 2023

Ages 11–17

Course Dates & Times

Monday 3 April – Thursday 6 April 2023
10.30am–12.30pm, BST (UTC+1)

About Mastering Aural Tests

This four-day online music course, led by Guildhall professor Shelagh Sutherland, will help you practise your aural skills, accelerate the learning process and increase your exam confidence. You will work on listening and memorising skills up to the level required for Grade 8 ABRSM.

Who is the course for?

Anyone who sings or plays and wants to work on refining aural skills, whether for exams or personal development.

(Please note that this compact course will be ​specifically tailored towards ABRSM exams grades 6-8. If you are looking to develop your skills and get more comprehensive and inclusive content of practical and theoretical experience, you might like our Advanced Aural Skills course.)

What can I expect?

You will work on listening and memorising skills up to the level required for Grade 8 ABRSM for the following topics:

  • Melody:

    • copying vocally and instrumentally
    • interval recognition
    • sight singing
  • Harmony:
    • cadences
    • chord-naming
    • tonality
    • modulation
  • Rhythm:
    • recognising time-signatures
    • clapping back
    • sight clapping
  • Style and historical period recognition
  • Understanding of character within music (e.g. dance, lullaby)
  • Understanding of form and structure, dynamics, phrasing and articulation
Do I need anything for the course?
  • Your instrument
  • A piano/keyboard (desirable)
  • Manuscript paper
  • Pencil
  • You'll need a practical working knowledge of music theory of at least ABRSM Grade 5 level (or equivalent)

Course fee

£150

Participation Bursaries are available for this course. (Please note the application deadline for participation bursaries is 6 March 2023.)

Book Now
  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged
  • The deadline for bookings is 5pm on Wednesday 29 March 2023

Eligibility

    Online Short Course Requirements

    All sessions will take place online using Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to you in advance of the course start date with further instructions.

    To participate in online classes you will need the following:

    • An email address
    • A reliable internet connection
    • A laptop/tablet/desktop computer with a microphone and camera (most have these included)
    • Speakers/headphones (the speakers in your laptop/tablet/computer should be sufficient)
    • A fully updated web browser able to use the most up to date version of Zoom, or a fully updated Zoom client

    If you have any questions regarding joining one of our online courses please contact us.

    About the Course Tutor

    This course is taught by Shelagh Sutherland.

    Shelagh is a freelance pianist who has been teaching piano, violin, singing and Alexander Technique since 1972. She has been teaching the aural course at Guildhall School since 1990, which she was instrumental in designing.

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