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All Students preparing for Grade exams are recommended to use the Hofnotes on-line training pages to practise for the aural tests.
At higher grades you must be able to discuss with the examiner musical features such as texture, structure, style, and period of a piece of music. My own web pages to help with these parts of the test at Grade 5+ and at GCSE are available here!
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You can describe the style of the music in quite general terms at Grade V. For maximum points, try to use musical terminology related to theh time you think it was written or the genre it is part of. Consider words like:
Or you may relate the music to a composer you know such as
If it sounds like a piece you have played, say so - if it is clearly in the same style, the examiner will give you credit for that... Always read the little notes at the foot of your exam pieces so you know a bit about how to describe what you hear in the music in terms of musical style.
You can find more information on these in the pages in this section, but the best thing you can do is to listen widely and critically and to explore new pieces in your own playing.
Last updated on: 08/05/2013