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Introduction to Auralia - a guide

Ear training is hugely important to musical development. It's not always easy to teach, but Auralia can make a huge difference. Read on to find out more.

No matter their instrument, a good ear is crucial for music students.

When it comes to teaching music, ear training is an absolutely vital component of any curriculum. In fact, in many schools it's a compulsory part of musical study. That doesn't mean it's simple though, and developing the ears of your students can be incredibly challenging without the right tools.

Don't let this task daunt you though, a better sense of relative pitch can have a tremendous impact on all other facets of aural study - boosting performance ability and understanding at the same time. Of course, a great ear is also transferrable across almost every instrument, providing a great base for all of your students.

So, how can you make ear training a fun, easy part of your curriculum? The answer is Auralia.

Developing a good ear is crucial to playing and enjoying music.

Developing a good ear is crucial to playing and enjoying music.

All about Auralia

If you've never heard of Auralia, it's a piece of music education software that helps students of all ages and experience levels better develop their musical knowledge. The latest version, Auralia 5, provides a great overview of everything from intervals to chord construction, and is broken into five segments. 
These are:

  • Intervals and scales.
  • Chords.
  • Rhythm.
  • Harmony and form.
  • Pitch and melody.

Within these subgroups, there are 43 different topics, covering all aspects of ear training as well as general music and aural knowledge.

Auralia is easy to integrate into the classroom,
with full tracking of student progress.

Putting it into practice

From a practical perspective, Auralia is easy to integrate into the classroom, with full tracking of student progress as well as the ability to create custom lessons. The class management feature allows a teacher to take control over the direction of the class, through topic selection and the assignment of tasks and worksheets. This means that it's simple to tailor a syllabus to age and ability - especially important in this day and age where class sizes are getting larger and larger. The tailored nature of the program also makes it possible to identify students who are ready for more advanced work, or on the flip side, those who might need an extra push. 

Auralia is also available in a cloud edition, meaning that it can be accessed anywhere that has an Internet connection, providing a more cost-effective solution. This is great if you want to set student assignments or tasks to complete outside of class, and also takes the stress out of having to manually update dozens of computers.
For more information on Auralia and how it can make the difference at your school, get in touch with the team at Music Education Network today.

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