Aural Skills

Essential basic skills

  • You know working methods whereby you can understand music notation aurally and analyse and transcribe music by ear.
  • You know how to practise sight singing diatonic melodies with simple chromaticism and how to transcribe similar melodies by ear. You can practise transcription with an instrument, but you also need to develop the skills of conceiving intervals and transcribing melodies without an instrument.
  • You can analyse tonal harmony by hearing: at least material that involves common diatonic chords in a slow harmonic rhythm.
  • You can read and transcribe the rhythm of music in a regular metre (involving a constant time signature).

Recommended skills for professional studies in music

  • You can sight- sing, and transcribe by ear, melodies that involve chromaticism. You can sing and practise in an ensemble. You have practical experience of music from different eras including modal music (for example, experience in singing Baroque and Renaissance music).
  • When reading music, you can aurally anticipate how instrumental parts, bass lines and harmonic patterns sound.
  • You can hear which tones belong to the harmony and which ones result from melodic figuration (e.g. suspensions).
  • You can rehearse rhythm in contemporary music (e.g., changing and irregular metres, subdivisions and tuplets).
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