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Headphones and sheet music

Aural Skills

Aural skills enable you to assess your own sound and balance with others, keep in time and play with a sense of rhythm and pulse. These skills also help you play in tune, develop your musical memory and spot any mistakes. Listening lies at the heart of all good music-making. Developing aural awareness is fundamental to musical training because having a ‘musical ear’ impacts on all aspects of musicianship. Singing, both silently in the head and out loud, is one of the best ways to develop the ‘musical ear’. Developing good aural skills is an important part of any music education, and the ability to hear how music works helps students with all aspects of their learning.

Aural skills are taught within instrumental lessons but addition aural skills workshops are organised in the weeks leading up to external examination windows. These drop-in workshops cost £5 per session. 

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