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Trinity College London Aural Exams

Courses to help prepare for Trinity College London Aural Exams

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Initial
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I-Q1 : Question 1
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This exercise gives you practice in recognising and singing the final note of a melody. Sing the final note in time with the rest of the music, just as you would in the exam. Then choose the correct final note from two audio clips to get your score.
 
I-Q2 : Question 2
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Clapping or tapping the rhythm of a melody. In this exercise you are asked to choose the correct score from two given. On the answer page, you can see the music, so you can check your performance.
 
I-Q2A : Clapping Practice
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Listen to the melody, and clap the rhythm of it, just as you would in an exam. This exercise is not scored. 
 
I-Q3 : Question 3
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Recognising legato and staccato. You'll need to decide whether the melody was played mainly staccato or legato - choose the answer you think is right to get your score.
 
I-Q4 : Question 4
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Which note of three is the highest / lowest? 
 
I-Q1-4 : Questions 1 to 4
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The complete series of four questions for each exercise. This exercise takes you through everything you'll be asked about a melody in the order you'll get it in the exam.
 
Grade 1
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1-Q1 : Question 1
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Clap or tap the rhythm, then say what the time signature is. As you play the exercise, feel the pulse as you listen to the pattern of the notes you are going to clap or tap. This exercise marks you on deciding the right time signature - 2 or 3 beats per bar.
 
1-Q2 : Finishing higher, lower or the same
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This exercise asks you how the last note relates to the first note of the music clip.
 
1-Q3 : Question 3
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Play the melody and decide if it was legato or staccato.
 
1-Q4 : Question 4
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Listen to the melody in the top music clip. Then listen to the lower music clip - one note has been changed to sound higher or lower. You have to identify where the change took place. Choose the answer you think is correct.
 
1-Q1-4 : Questions 1 - 4
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The complete series of four questions, one after the other.
 
Grade 2
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2-Q1 : Conduct the Music
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Listen to the music clip, and conduct, or beat time to it.
 
2-Q2 : Going up or down?
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Play the melody, and decide whether the last note is higher, lower or the same as the first note.
 
2-Q3 : Key and Dynamics.
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 Two questions on each piece: Is the melody in a major or a minor key? What happens to the dynamics?
 
2-Q4 : Spot the Difference
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In this exercise, the first audio clip plays the melody in its original version. The second audio clip has a change to the rhythm or to the pitch. You have to decide what kind of change was made.
 
2-Q1-4 : Combining the above questions
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Here are all four questions in the order in which they come in the exam, one after the other.
 
Grade 3
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3-Q1 : Conduct the Music
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Listen to the music clip, and conduct, or beat time to it.
 
3-Q2 : Name the interval.
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Identify the interval made by the first two notes of the melody.
 
3-Q3 : Major or minor?
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Is the chord in major or minor?
 
3-Q4 : Spot the difference
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In this exercise, the first audio clip plays the melody in its original version. The second audio clip has a change to the rhythm or to the pitch. You have to decide where the change happened.
 
3-Q1-4 : Combining the above questions
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Here are all four questions in the order in which they come in the exam, one after the other.
 
Grade 4
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4-Q1 : Conduct the Music
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Listen to the music clip, and conduct, or beat time to it.
 
4-Q2 : Name the interval.
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Identify the interval made by the first two notes of the melody.
 
4-Q3 : Recognise the cadence.
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At the end of the piece decide whether the cadence is perfect or imperfect.
 
4-Q4 : Spot the difference
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In this exercise, the first audio clip plays the melody in its original version. The second audio clip has two changes: one to the rhythm and one to the pitch. You need to recognise both.
 
4-Q1-4 : Combining the above questions
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Here are all four questions in the order in which they come in the exam, one after the other.
 
Grade 5
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5-Q1 : Recognise the following: Time signature; Key (major or minor); and Cadence
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Here you will be asked a series of three questions about a piece of music.
 
5-Q2 : Name the interval.
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Identify the interval made by the first two notes of the melody.
 
5-Q3-1a : Describe the articulation
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5-Q3-1b : Listening for articulation
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This is a chance to listen and learn.. We tell you the answer!
 
5-Q3-2a : Describe the dynamics
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This ia sequence of three questions asking you about the dynamics at the start, end and middle of a piece.
 
5-Q3-2b : Listening for dynamics
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This is a chance to listen and learn.. We tell you the answer!
 
5-Q4-1a : Spot the Difference - Pitch
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Listen to the original version, then the changed version of each piece and find where the change in pitch occurred in the melody.
 
5-Q4-1b : Spot the Difference - Rhythm
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Grade 6
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6-Q1a : Get that Style!
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This exercise is about the features of a piece of music, including style, phrasing and dynamics. You'll also be asked the time signature - 3/4, 4/4 or 6/8.
 
6-Q2 : Get that Cadence!
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Perfect, plagal, imperfect and interrupted - can you tell which cadence comes at the end?
 
6-Q3 : Get that Modulation!
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Key changes can be to the dominant, subdominant, or relative minor. Can you tell which it is?
 
6-Q4a : Rhythm change
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Where is the change of rhythm, and what has changed?
 
6-Q4b : Pitch Change
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Decide where the pitch change is and what it is.

 
6-Q4c : Articulation change
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Decide which bar has the change of articulation and what it is.
 
Grade 7
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7-Q1 : Get That Style!
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This exercise gives you practice in the elements that make up style. These include phrasing and dynamics, and descriptions which indicate what kind of piece it is, for example, waltz, ragtime and others. These descriptions often give some indication about the period in which a piece might have been written, but this aspect is not directly asked in these exercises.
 
7-Q2 : Name the Cadence
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You will get practice with perfect, plagal, imperfect and interrupted cadences in this exercise.
 
7-Q3 : Spot the Changes!
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This exercise gives you practice in recognising and describing three changes. These could be to the pitch or the rhythm. Pitch changes are limited to the melody, but rhythm changes may affect either roght hand (upper) or left hand (lower) parts of the piece.
 
7-Q4 : Get that Modulation!
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There are three possible modulations in this exercise: to the subdominant minor, relative major or the dominant of the relative major.
 
Grade 8
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8-Q1A : Dynamics and Phrasing
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The exercises for this grade are not meant to be a simulation of what will happen in the exam, but are designed to get you thinking in the right way about the different aspects of the music. Once you have worked through the different exercises, you will be able to discuss music in a musicianly way with the examiner.

This first exercise gets you thinking about dynamics and phrase structure. 

 

 
8-Q1B : Texture, Rhythm and Articulation
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In this test, you are prompted to think about the texture, the rhythm and articulation in a piece of music. The questions you answer here are the ones you need to ask yourself when you see or hear a piece of music in order to be able to discuss it.
 
8-Q1C : Tonality and Compositional Devices
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Tonality is an important organising element in music which has to be replaced with something else if the music is not in a key. Beware: a piece of music may well be in two keys at once - in which case it is bitonal.
 
8-2QA : Identify the Changes (1)
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Identifying changes (and mistakes) is an important skill for any musician when rehearsing individually or with others in an ensemble. In this exercise, the different types of mistake are tackled separately. 

 
8-2QB : Identify the Changes (2)
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In this exercise, you are asked to identify the correct combination of changes that take place.
 

What is Trinity College London Aural?

Trinity Guildhall offers a range of grade examinations for all instruments and voice across nine levels from Initial to Grade 8. These examinations assess performance and technical skills from beginner to accomplished performer. 

Musicians all over the world will find that the repertoire lists, supporting lists and Trinity Guildhall publications will guide, assist and enrich every pupil and teacher.

Some of the key features of Trinity Guildhall examinations:

  • A wide range of repertoire - developed through consultation with teachers worldwide
  • Supporting a range of learning and teaching styles - with a new approach to Technical Work, Aural and other tests to benefit both students and teachers.
  • Putting performance at the heart of the exam - with a mark scheme that awards a higher proportion of the marks to the performance of the pieces, and with Technical Work focused on developing performance skills.
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