Katharine Bramley returns to Benslow Music with this popular course based around the aural test requirements for Grades 5-8. An intensive but fun weekend, suitable for those preparing for exams as well as those who simply want to improve their aural skills.

Resident: £402 Non-Resident: £292 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 24/257

Booking for Members opens at 11am on Wednesday 28 February 2024

Non-Member and online booking opens at 11am on Wednesday 20 March 2024

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

For many people the aural test element of their graded music exam gives rise to cold terror. Let Katharine Bramley dispel your fears with this popular course, which covers all the aural requirements for the major exam boards, tailored to students' specific needs/grades, as well as improving general listening skills. Katharine promises the course will be fun too! Participants should bring pencils, eraser and manuscript paper.

What will we cover?

Melodic repetition; sight-singing; recognising chords and cadences; recognising modulations; spotting differences between what is played and what is written down; describing the features of a piece of music (including time, articulation, tempo, tonality, character, style and period, structure and texture).

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Approach the aural element of your next practical exam with confidence and clear strategies in place to tackle the various tests.  You will also have gained valuable listening skills and understanding which will help you progress with your music making.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

ALL. No specific skills or experience is required.

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

The course is taught in a classroom format, with the emphasis on ‘doing’ rather than simply listening.  A typical session might start with an explanation from the tutor with examples, with students then encouraged to try further examples for themselves either in groups or individually as they wish, with immediate tutor feedback and guidance.  Course members will be given a specially-designed workbook, and will use this throughout the weekend.  No formal preparation is required.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Participants should bring pencils, eraser and manuscript paper.