In this section, there are two ear tests:
■ Melodic Recall
■ Rhythmic Recall
You will find one example of each type of test printed below and you will be given both of them in the exam.
Test 1 | Melodic Recall
The examiner will play you three consecutive notes. You will need to identify whether the last two notes are higher or lower in sequence. This means you will need to tell the examiner whether the second note is higher or lower than the first, and whether the third note is higher or lower than the second. You will hear the test twice, each time with a four-beat vocal count-in. The tempo is q=85.
Please use the words ‘higher’, ‘lower’, ‘up’ or ‘down’ in your answer.
Test 2 | Rhythmic Recall
This test comes in two parts:
Part 1 | Rhythm Recall
The examiner will play you a two-bar rhythm played on a single note to a drum backing. You will hear the test twice.
Each time the test is played it is preceded by a four-beat count-in. There will be a short gap for you to practise after each playthrough. Next, you will hear a vocal count-in, after which you should sing the rhythm back. The tempo is q=90.
For this exercise, use ‘da’ or ‘ba’ vocal sounds. You may sing back the test in any octave.
It is acceptable to sing over the track as it is being played as well as practising after the first two playthroughs. The length of time available after the second playthrough is pre-recorded on the audio track, so the vocal count-in may begin while you are still practising.
Part 2 | Identification
You will then be asked to identify the rhythm heard in part 1 from two printed examples shown to you by the examiner.