Category: Grade 8 Aural Test

[:en]Grade 8 Aural Test

we have a comprehensive ABRSM grade 8 aural test course to teach you how to pass your test![:zh]Grade 8 Aural Test 八級聽力測驗

we have a comprehensive ABRSM grade 8 aural test course to teach you how to pass your test![:]

What is Solfège?

“Solfège”, “solfeggio”, or “so-fa names” – they all refer to the same thing – the system of singing notes of a scale in “Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti”. Remember the song in “The Sound of Music”? Like “do, a deer, a female deer; (Re!) ray, a drop of golden sun”? …

Yes, whenever I introduce the so-fa system to students and teachers, most of them would say, yes, they have heard about do-re-mi. But it’s usually unknown to them where the source of information comes from.

Many students first feel embarrassed to sing in lessons, and often I can feel that they have the question as to why they have to sing in a piano lesson. I usually explain in brief why that would help them with their playing and eventually they start to accept it and get to singing along with me. 

For me, singing has been quite natural. Not that I was trained earlier on with singing lessons (I did have some classical vocal lessons later in life), just that I was used to singing in music lessons and choirs. Then I went on playing piano for a lot of singers and also conducting choirs, so for me singing is fun, expressive and liberating- using my own body as the instrument can be a very emotional experience.

Aural training/Sight singing is a very important aspect in music learning in my opinion. In fact, it is such an important part of music training in European conservatories that aural training/sight singing class (using solfège system) is often mandatory. 

Not only do I introduce aural training/sight singing early on in our Music on Wings Piano Beginner Course, I also encourage students who are late to the training pick up the habit of singing in solfège. It is super helpful for part singing and recognising chords and cadences in graded music/piano exams (e.g. from grade 6 onwards candidates have to sing a melodic line over a piano accompaniment, to grades 7 and 8 do part singing, identify cadences and chords, modulations etc). 

Using solfège system helps students to sing individual notes with more accuracy in pitch as it shows more clearly the relationship between two notes. And there are two ways in general to sing solfège, one, the “Fixed Do” system, and two, the “Movable Do” system.

I myself prefer and teach students the “Movable Do” as it makes much more sense to me musically. In brief,  with “Fixed Do”, “Do” is always “C”, no matter what key you are in.  With “Movable Do”, “do” is the tonic note.  For example, in the key of C Major, “C” is “Do”, but in the key of D Major” “D” is “Do”.  There are variations in terms of syllables used throughout the world, but I stick with “Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do”.

One can also use numbers in place of syllables to sing the notes, and it would be “ one, two, three, four, five, six, sev, one” with “seven” shortened for singing purpose. It works too especially for those who haven’t really started with the solfège system, as numbers tell you exactly what degree of the note it is in the scale, and give you a much clearer idea of the relevant interval between two notes (super helpful with identifying chords and cadences). For me it doesn’t work as well since I am too used to using the solfège system already, and besides, I have perfect pitch, so I don’t have to rely on the numbers to know what notes they are (sorry not sorry! but one can still definitely have a fantastic absolute pitch with systematic training).

When it comes to singing music in minor keys, I use “La, Ti, Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Si, La”, with “La” being the tonic note. For example, in the key of A Minor, “A” is “La, and in the key of E minor, “E” is “La”.  I know, it’s getting a bit complicated, but when you’re used to the system, it’s really much easier than it sounds (!).

In our Grade 8 Aural Training Comprehensive Training Course, I teach solfège and discuss further about how that helps students sing the bass line, identify cadences and chords, as well as sing the part-singing more efficiently and even more importantly, accurately. Without knowing how to identify individual notes one way or another, it becomes a very confusing task for a lot of candidates who are preparing for ABRSM Grade 8 music exams of any instruments. 

Sight singing can be a lot of fun when you know how to approach it. Whether you are a piano student preparing for your grade 8 piano exam, or a piano teacher helping students to learn more effectively in their piano lessons, or a parent wanting to help their kids become more engaged in their music learning journey, singing is wonderful itself and has so much more to offer for instrumental playing. I encourage everyone who hasn’t done much in singing tries their hands in it, and it’s very simple to begin: just start singing the music you’ve been learning in your piano/violin/guitar/clarinet/bass lessons! Start with a line or two and go from there. You can even use pop music, the song sung by your favorite singer/band. Try using so-fa names or numbers and see how you feel about it. There are so much waiting for you to explore in this music learning journey! 

ABRSM Grade 8 Music Exam: Comprehensive Aural Test Training Course

I know a lot of ABRSM grade 8 music exam students have trouble with their aural test preparation – they are really worried about taking this test and don’t know what to listen to and how to prepare for it!

Fear no more! I have decided to create a comprehensive aural test course specifically for ABRSM grade 8 purpose. And since it’s the same for ALL music instruments, it benefits every candidate taking the grade 8 music exam (not just piano students!).

In this course, I will teach you step by step – with a lot of detailed explanation and examples! – on how to listen to the music elements and know how to  answer each part of the aural test accordingly, so that you as a grade 8 music exam candidate won’t be lost again! I know how frustrating it is to try to listen to the chords and cadences, or what exactly to talk about in terms of music features and styles! With proper training and guidance, I am sure you would feel confident in taking your grade 8 aural test!

The comprehensive grade 8 aural test course covers ALL aspects of the standardized test. I will definitely spend more time on A because I can see that’s the hardest part for most candidates judging from years of experience preparing students for the grade 8 music exam! But I still cover all parts of the test so you won’t be lost with Part D for example when it comes to talking about music you’ve never heard of before! When you know what you should be listening to though, you will have confidence in taking the grade 8 aural test like you’ve never had before!

It is a ten-week course including 2 mock tests. There are a lot of instruction videos, exercises, notes and answer keys so that you can follow step by step and learn at your own pace. You can get access to the course via phone or computer anytime you want with a unique login.

You can now enjoy a special pre-sale offer to the course by directly signing up with us or enroling it on our online learning platform.

[:en]New Short Courses 2017[:zh]2017 新短期課程訓練[:]

[:en]We are introducing new short intensive courses this year:

Sight reading
Ear training
Song writing
*Piano teacher training

Whole course duration: 10 classes
Format: group courses, 3-6 people
Original Fee: $3600.
New student special price: $3400.
*Piano teacher training ($6000 whole course 10 weeks)
**sight reading + ear training ($4600 whole course, special: $4400)

Schedule

*1030-1145am piano teacher training level I (Teresa Wong)
*12-1245pm fundamental sight reading training (Teresa Wong)
*1-145pm fundamental ear training (Teresa Wong)
*715-830pm sight reading + ear training (Teresa Wong)

Saturday
4-445pm fundamental sight reading training (Teresa Wong)
445-530pm fundamental ear training (Teresa Wong)

Wednesday:
4-450pm sight reading for kids (Carol Yip)
5-550pm ear training for kids (Carol Yip)
6-650pm church pianist training (Carol Yip)

Contact us today at twsomusic@gmail.com for registration and questions!

[:zh]視譜訓練

音樂聆聽訓練

歌曲寫作

*鋼琴老師訓練

*1030-1145am 鋼琴老師訓練 (Level I) (Teresa Wong)
*12-1245pm 基本視譜訓練 (Teresa Wong)
*1-145pm 基本音樂聆聽訓練 (Teresa Wong)
*715-830pm 基本視譜 + 音樂聆聽訓練 (Teresa Wong)

Saturday
4-445pm 基本視譜訓練 (Teresa Wong)
445-530pm 基本音樂聆聽訓練 (Teresa Wong)

Wednesday:
4-450pm 兒童視譜訓練 (Carol Yip)
5-550pm 兒童音樂聆聽訓練 (Carol Yip)
6-650pm 教會琴師訓練 (Carol Yip)

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皇家音樂學院八級(鋼琴)考試聆聽考試: Part A 練習 II (cadences)

[:zh]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHobDE_xLtU[:]