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a Examples of the tests are given in Specimen Aural Tests, published in two books, one for Grades 1–5 and
one for Grades 6–8. These books may only be purchased through a music dealer. In case of any difficulty
in obtaining them, the Board’s publishing company should be consulted.
b For any test which requires a ‘sung’ response, pitch rather than vocal quality is the object. The examiner
will keep within the vocal compass of the candidate, who may sing ‘lah’ or any vowel sound or may hum.
Boys with changing voices may whistle or may hum an octave lower.
c Deaf or hearing-impaired candidates may opt to respond to alternative tests in place of the standard
tests, if requested at the time of entry. The syllabus for these alternative tests is available free on request
from the Access Co-ordinator. Specimens of Alternative Aural Tests for Candidates with Hearing
Impairment are published in two books, one for Grades 1–5 and one for Grades 6–8, obtainable as
indicated in a above.
Candidates will be asked to respond to the following tests played by the examiner:
Aural Tests GRADE 3
A To tap the pulse of a passage of music in 2 (including 6
8 ), 3 (including 9
8 ) or 4 time played by the
examiner. The examiner will commence playing the passage, and the candidate will be expected to join
in as soon as possible by tapping the beat, stressing where the strong beat falls. The candidate will then
be asked to state the time.
B To sing, as an echo, three short phrases limited to a range of one octave in a major or minor key played
by the examiner. The echoes should follow each phrase in strict time without an intervening pause.
The key-chord and tonic will first be sounded and the pulse indicated.
C To recognize a rhythmic or melodic change to a four-bar phrase in a major or minor key played twice by
the examiner, with the change being made in the second playing. Candidates will be required to
recognize and tap, sing or describe the change. The key-chord and tonic will first be sounded and the
pulse indicated. The examiner will be prepared to play both versions of the phrase a second time if
D To identify certain features of a piece played by the examiner. The features will be confined to contrasted
dynamics (p/f ), gradation of tone (crescendo/diminuendo), articulation (staccato/legato), recognition
of tempo changes (rallentando/accelerando, etc.), and recognition of major and minor tonality, of which
the examiner will select one or two and advise the candidate accordingly before playing the piece.
Questions on the selected features will then follow. Candidates are encouraged to use Italian terms in
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