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Performance Grades: Booking for June Performance Grades is open now until 13 May.

Performance Grade exams

We are pleased to confirm that we will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Please check our Dates and Fees page for details.

Grade 5 Music Theory waiver (not applicable in the UK & Ireland)

We are extending our Grade 5 Music Theory waiver until 23 May 2021. This means that candidates with a Grade 6 to 8 Performance Grade exam submission date up to and including 23 May can take their exam without first passing Grade 5 Music Theory. We are making this exceptional arrangement to allow candidates who have been unable to take an exam in recent months to progress with their learning. From 24 May, the Grade 5 Music Theory requirement will return. For exam dates/exam submission dates after 23 May, all candidates taking a Grade 6 to 8 Performance or Practical Grade must first pass Grade 5 Music Theory.

Welcome to Aural Trainer

Meffys Award Winner 2012Our award-winning app offers an exciting way for students to practise aural skills and is now available for Grades 1 to 8.

Through a series of interactive challenges, users can learn to identify and describe musical features and differences quickly and accurately. Together, Aural Trainer 1-5 and Aural Trainer 6-8 cover all the individual elements of ABRSM aural tests including sight–singing and echo tests. Aural Trainer can be used anytime and anywhere to prepare effectively for exams or develop your aural skills.

ABRSM Aural Trainer is compatible with iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®.

What is ABRSM Aural Trainer?

The official ABRSM Aural Trainer is a useful app which features interactive challenges to develop your aural skills and make aural practice more engaging. Anyone can use it, but it is designed around the aural component of ABRSM graded music exams.

Aural Trainer is not designed to replace conventional approaches to aural practice but to supplement them. It allows personal practice between lessons, without access to a piano, wherever and whenever the user wishes. It’s the perfect way to fit short bursts of practice into your normal routines .

How can I use the ABRSM Aural Trainer?

ABRSM Aural Trainer can be used whenever and wherever you want to practise your aural skills. It can be used by students for personal practice or teachers in lessons as a way of developing core aural skills.

The exercises in Aural Trainer all use ABRSM exam standard material but allow the user to approach it in different ways. Users can practice features on their own or in small combinations before attempting exam style questions.

Aural Trainer allows you to repeat exercises as often as you like, without the feeling that it is essential to get them right first time! If you want to, you can listen to exercises once without responding then select ‘try again’ to give your response. Aural Trainer provides tools for you to review and evaluate your performance against sample responses; it also marks exercises and offers feedback to help you develop your skills.

Aural Trainer 1-5

Aural Trainer 1-5 includes:

  • Interval trainer
  • Exercises covering:
    • Pulse and metre
    • Echoes
    • Differences
    • Melodic repetition
    • Sight-singing
    • Musical features
    • Rhythmic repetition
    • Metre

Aural Trainer 6-8

Aural Trainer 6-8 includes:

  • Cadence trainer
  • Exercises covering:
    • Melodic repetition
    • Sight-singing
    • Chords
    • Modulations
    • Musical features
    • Rhythmic repetition
    • Metre

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