Test A The examiner will ask you to clap in time to a short piece of music. You will need to join in, clapping each beat, as soon as possible. Then you will be asked whether the music was in 2 time or 3 time.
Test B You will be asked to sing three short musical phrases, in time, after the examiner has played them.
Test C The examiner will play a short phrase twice, with one note different the second time. You will be asked whether the change was near the beginning or near the end.
Test D You will be asked questions about two features of a short piece of music: The two features are dynamics (sudden or gradual changes), and articulation.
Hofnote will help to prepare you for these with exercises you can practise.
All the exercises which start with the same grade number and letter will help you to prepare for the same question. For example 1-B1, 1-B2 and 1-B3 will all help to prepare you for Grade 1 Question B. Hofnote exercises will do more than just help you get the most marks for your aural tests, they are designed to develop your aural skills so that your musicianship shows in all your playing. This will help you score better in the rest of the exam too.
Use the demos further down this page to try out our exercises.
About ABRSM Aural
What is ABRSM Aural?
ABRSM's core activity is the operation of an authoritative and internationally recognised system of exams and assessments. These are designed to encourage and motivate players and singers at all levels through the provision of goals and the measurement of progress. In addition to graded examinations, ABRSM publishes many collections of music, and provides training and workshop events for students and teachers.
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