QUOTE(Seer_Green @ Jul 16 2012, 10:34 AM)
QUOTE(linda.ff @ Jul 16 2012, 10:33 AM)
QUOTE(Seer_Green @ Jul 16 2012, 10:11 AM)
My feeling is that there is no subsitute for a teacher who will teach
the aural (but I would say that as that's what I do!). A lot of teachers practise the aural tests with pupils (often at the last minute) and school teachers will often do the same (again, often at the last minute), but this is not the same as being taught how
to do them
I regularly look at the relevant tests for whatever grade my pupil is to do next, and try to apply one of them to whatever they're learning at the time. In many cases the ideal time is before they've had a chance to look at the music: new grade 2 piece needed? Listen first, see if you can clap the pulse and tell the time-signature. Grade 4/5 for TG which need cadences? Once learning is underway, look at the structure and see how often it "goes home" or "settles away from home" - and so on.
That's great, but judging by the amount of people that have to come to me for lessons (often with days to go before an exam), this approach is by no means universal.
Sadly, the norm is about 10 minutes aural a few days before the exam. In AB exams, the aural section is worth just 3 marks less than scales. Months are normally spent preparing scales, compared with a short one-off aural lesson! Come on, teachers, do the maths here!
Ideally, as S_G says, aural should be taught, but every little helps and some practice using a cd or online resource is better than nothing.