The OFFICIAL ABRSM Aural Trainer contains interactive challenges to help develop your music aural skills (listening skills). Anyone can use it, but it is designed around ABRSM’s aural tests for Grades 1 to 5. The app can be used in any order, however often you like, on your own or with your teacher.
Use ABRSM Aural Trainer to:
• Improve your sense of pulse and metre (feeling the beat).
• Exercise your musical memory (remember how music sounds and be able to repeat it or spot differences and mistakes).
• Develop your confidence and accuracy at sight-singing (reading and singing the music you see).
• Learn to describe dynamics, articulation, tempo and tonality.
• Practise identifying the features in music that make-up its style and character.
• Develop the skills to know when a piece of music was written.
The app covers the following ABRSM aural test content:
• Pulse and Metre
• Melodic Repetition
• Musical Features
• Rhythmic Repetition
Tackle each element in stages using the preparation exercises.
All exercises are fully interactive. Each one gives you the opportunity to repeat the question, or to compare your response to the correct answer and hear the music again. The app also features supporting tools including an interval trainer, progress tracker and guides to the aural tests in ABRSM graded music exams.
Many exercises are automatically marked by the application. Self-review and critical listening are also key to successful development of the musical ear, which is why the app provides tools for you to review and evaluate your performance against sample responses in all cases. Your progress is logged whenever you use the app, so you can always see at a glance the areas you might want to revisit.
- Optimised screen tapping tolerance for pulse and metre, differences and rhythmic repetition exercises
Ratings and Reviews
Very good but
I got this app to train for my grade 4 violin and it has been very good! 😀For the rhythm repetition I feel it is quite harsh because if you are a semiquaver out it will mark you wrong but it doesn’t really matter because you can see how close you were.
The only problem is for sight singing; when you open it, it comes up with a message saying you need to put you phone in landscape mode but when I do this it doesn’t do anything even if I open it in landscape mode. This might just be me but if it isn’t could you please fix it? 🙏🏽
Overall this is a excellent app and I recommend it for people struggling with aural 😃😃😃
Developer Response ,
Hi Olaaaa.H, thank you for your review and feedback.
There are no known issues with the sight-singing sections of the app, but please check that your phone does not have orientation lock switched on as this will stop the exercises from working correctly. If you need further help please email us at email@example.com so we can assist you.
We hope you will continue to enjoy using the app!
Good idea but there are bugs
The differences section doesn’t give you a chance to respond before going straight to tell you you’re wrong, and the tapping doesn’t register. A shame as would have been useful for my students to practice at home with
So there’s quite a few bugs with this app
- The sight-singing exercise is oddly marked, I’ve only ever gotten a few notes ticked ever and usually they give me none right (and I’m using this for my grade 5 singing!)
- The sight-singing exercise also has a supposed tuner feature which I believe to be at the bottom but it doesn’t seem to do anything
- The tapping rhythm is overly harsh, you could be just one quaver out and it would fail you which isn’t good if you’re trying to get a realistic sense of what you would get in an exam
- It’s not compatible with my headphones i.e. it refuses to recognise them and plays the sound out loud which is fine
- The app overall is not designed intuitively and takes a while to get the hang of which would be hard if you’re not tech savvy
There are some pros!
- The melody repetition exercises are fine and you can grade your own performance, checking your recording against the original
- The musical features exercise is good (however you are limited in your answers)
Overall if you struggle with identifying the styles of musical pieces or melody repetition I would get this app, otherwise it’s not worth the money
- The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (Publishing) Limited
- 330.5 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (Publishing) Limited
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.