The Musical Aptitude Test Course

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The Musical Aptitude Test

The Musical Aptitude Test is an aural test used for entrance exams for specialist music schools. The test can take a number of forms but is ultimately designed to look for ‘inherent’ musical aptitude. However, with the proper knowledge of what and how to practice, it is definitely possible to prepare for one and this page will help you to know how.

Pitch

One of the simpler parts of the exam, but only if the student has been thinking about pitch before. The student has to recognise the vertical relationship between notes and determine which are higher or lower. They can also be asked to determine the distance between pairs of notes and say how far they are apart compared to another pair.

Melody

Building on the skills required in the pitch section of the course, this part of the musical aptitude test evaluates the student’s awareness of melodic contour and difference.

Texture

Without doubt the hardest part of the exam. This section looks at the student’s perception of pitch relationships within vertical harmonies. They are asked how many notes are playing and other questions about musical texture.

Rhythm

The rhythm section focuses on the temporal aspects of music, rather than pitch. Students are required to show a keen sense of pulse and it’s relationship to rhythm and asked to spot minute differences in rhythmic excerpts.

Understanding music by ear is a vital skill. People who can hear what's going on inside of music often progress more quickly and effortlessly than others. With schools now testing musical aptitude for admissions - it's vital that you or your student learn to master this powerful but practical musical test.

This highly extensive musical aptitude test Library contains all the tests you need to practice in order to have the best chance of passing an MAT Test. It also coaches you directly at the piano about how to practice or help a student practice deeper musical awareness.

Part 1 is a highly extensive test covering all four areas of Pitch, Melody, Texture/Harmony and Rhythm. This section contains many more exercises and tests than are usual in MAT tests - to cover all bases and give you the best overview of what to expect.

Part 2 explains in great detail over 20 different exercises and practice routines that you can do yourself or with your child or student to regularly and systematically enhance their aural awareness, concentration, memory and perception of musical content.

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