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.
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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.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your comment. We would be keen to hear from you with a detailed description of the error you perceive so we can advise you further. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can assist you.
Cadence trainer needs work
I found this app somewhat helpful for training cadences but it seems that only a few of the selection ever come up. After a long time of practice the I-V, V-VI, V-1 and IV-I were the only ones to ever come up. I would also suggest that cadences weren’t always in the same key as it is very easy to get used to them.
Lost my sight singing progress and other issues
I am trying to practice the melodic repetition questions, and when I get through to the ‘listen back to your attempt’ page and click on one of the options, I instead get directed to the sight reading I tried previously. Also the app seems to have lost all of my sight singing progress since the last update and it now looks like I have made no sight singing attempts. Not very impressed at all.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for your comment. After singing back the stated part of a 2- or 3-part melody, you then have the option to listen back to your performance. At this point, you are also shown the notation of the melody you were just asked to sing back, either on its own or with the other parts. These melodies are unique to the melodic repetition exercises - they are not used in the sight-singing exercises.
Regarding the sight-singing progress, in order for this to be recorded you must rate your attempt with either a yellow ‘neutral’ face or green ‘happy’ face. If you do not rate your performance, or you rate it with a red ‘sad’ face, your progress will not be recorded.
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- The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (Publishing) Limited
- 381.8 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
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Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.