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 6 to 8. The app can be used in any order, however often you like, on your own or with your teacher.
Use ABRSM Aural Trainer to:
• Exercise your musical memory (remember how music sounds and be able to repeat it).
• Develop your confidence and accuracy at sight-singing (reading and singing the music you see).
• Improve your recognition of cadences, chords and modulations.
• Learn to describe texture, structure, 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:
• Melodic Repetition
• Musical Features
• Rhythmic Repetition
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 a cadence 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.
We've given this app a major visual overhaul and improved the navigation.
Ratings and Reviews
This App is great for practice & I suggest it to many of my students to use at home. I am a little worried as to whether all answers were accurate though. The first grade 6 cadence practise that came up was clearly an imperfect cadence but when selecting imperfect it said it was wrong I did many others following and they were all 100% correct. I wouldn’t mind if it was just for me but when you’re showing someone how to use the app it kind of makes you look a little silly for that to happen. I was wondering if anyone else had this issue or whether it was truly a mistake on my part.
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I think this is a great app and very useful as i am doing my grade 8 flute in summer! The only thing I would suggest is can you make the cadence quiz be a little more varied - I keep doing the quiz and I keep getting the same cadences over and over: either a plagal, a perfect V-l, a lV-l and a l-V. It’s a little annoying as I want to learn all of the cadences by memory not just a few of the same ones
Apart from that I think this app is great and definitely worth the money :)
Useful but restricted...
I do find this useful - I find aural very hard - and I use both this one and the Grade 1 - Grade 5 version. I am making most use of the moment of Grade 8 because of what I will hope will be my next exam. Why only 3 stars? I only seem these days to get a very small number of examples - only about 4 or 5 in 8a for example - which the program constantly recycles. The questions are taken from the various printed volumes of aural tests and so I think there should be a lot more.
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- 382.9 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
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Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.