Latest exam updates

COVID update

In response to the current restrictions in the UK and Ireland we are deferring Session 1 face-to-face practical exams at Public Venues and paper-based Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory exams at Public Venues and Private Visits. Where we can we will still offer practical exams at Private Visits. Our remotely-assessed Performance Grade and ARSM exams and our Grade 1 to 5 online Music Theory exams are unaffected and all dates remain unchanged. To read more, please visit our latest updates page.

We will be offering Performance Grade exams every month for the remainder of 2021. Exact dates will be announced soon. Please check here for more information.

Music Theory exam dates

We can now confirm Grade 6 to 8 paper Music Theory exams will go ahead on Wednesday 28 April at 5pm. The booking period will be open from 8 to 15 March.

Welcome to Aural Trainer

Meffys Award Winner 2012Our award-winning app offers an exciting way for students to practise aural skills and is now available for Grades 1 to 8.

Through a series of interactive challenges, users can learn to identify and describe musical features and differences quickly and accurately. Together, Aural Trainer 1-5 and Aural Trainer 6-8 cover all the individual elements of ABRSM aural tests including sight–singing and echo tests. Aural Trainer can be used anytime and anywhere to prepare effectively for exams or develop your aural skills.

ABRSM Aural Trainer is compatible with iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad®.

What is ABRSM Aural Trainer?

Aural TrainerThe official ABRSM Aural Trainer is a useful app which features interactive challenges to develop your aural skills and make aural practice more engaging. Anyone can use it, but it is designed around the aural component of ABRSM graded music exams.

Aural Trainer is not designed to replace conventional approaches to aural practice but to supplement them. It allows personal practice between lessons, without access to a piano, wherever and whenever the user wishes. It’s the perfect way to fit short bursts of practice into your normal routines .

How can I use the ABRSM Aural Trainer?

ABRSM Aural Trainer can be used whenever and wherever you want to practise your aural skills. It can be used by students for personal practice or teachers in lessons as a way of developing core aural skills.

The exercises in Aural Trainer all use ABRSM exam standard material but allow the user to approach it in different ways. Users can practice features on their own or in small combinations before attempting exam style questions.

Aural Trainer allows you to repeat exercises as often as you like, without the feeling that it is essential to get them right first time! If you want to, you can listen to exercises once without responding then select ‘try again’ to give your response. Aural Trainer provides tools for you to review and evaluate your performance against sample responses; it also marks exercises and offers feedback to help you develop your skills.

Aural Trainer 1-5

Aural Trainer 1-5 includes:

  • Interval trainer
  • Exercises covering:
    • Pulse and metre
    • Echoes
    • Differences
    • Melodic repetition
    • Sight-singing
    • Musical features
    • Rhythmic repetition
    • Metre

Aural Trainer 6-8

Aural Trainer 6-8 includes:

  • Cadence trainer
  • Exercises covering:
    • Melodic repetition
    • Sight-singing
    • Chords
    • Modulations
    • Musical features
    • Rhythmic repetition
    • Metre

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