The aural tests in a Singapore ABRSM piano examination is probably one of the least looked forward to parts of the ABRSM piano exams other than sight reading. However, they need not be and with the right secrets, you can get a good mark in this section of the ABRSM exams easily.
Here are 3 secrets that only the best piano teachers in Singapore will teach you.
- Something very interesting in the marking criteria for the aural tests is that confident responses (with largely accurate singing) are highly regarded by ABRSM examiners. If you hem and haw before you start singing, chances are, you will immediately be penalized. Take a breath and then sing. Don’t hesitate even if you are worried.
- Second of all, pitch rather than vocal quality is more important when it comes to passing the aural tests of a piano exam in Singapore. The examiner will automatically adapt to your vocal range (depending on your voice and whether you are a man or woman). You can choose to hum or whistle, but singing out loud is most recommended. Most people who play the piano have no issues listening to pitches. However, the key factor stopping these piano students from acing the ABRSM aural tests is confidence. In fact, most pianists are great singers, but they simply do not feel comfortable singing in front of others. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you practise your singing in front of friends or family or go to the KTV more often. By putting yourself out there for potential larger embarrassment, the tiny ’embarrassment’ in the piano exam room is insignificant to you now.
- Third of all, always be prepared. For example, in your grade 5 aural, you will be asked first about musical features e.t.c. All these can be studied, and therefore you should put in the effort.
So there you go, hopefully the above tips will have helped you achieve better aural test scores for your ABRSM piano exams in Singapore.