G Major Scale
G Harmonic Minor
A Major Scale
A Harmonic Minor
G Melodic Minor
A Melodic Minor
F Major Scale
D Major Scale
G Major Arpeggio
G Minor Arpeggio
A Major Arpeggio
A Minor Arpeggio
F Major Arpeggio
D Major Arpeggio
A short melody of four bars will be played twice on the piano, (time signatures 2/4, 3/4). Clap or tap the melody from memory.
Tips: After listening for the first time, try to (quietly!) tap along to the melody the second time it is played. Then when you clap it, you will have rehearsed it once already. Also, it might be easier to sing the melody in your head while you clap, instead of just memorizing the rhythm. Start as soon as you can so you don’t forget, and try to clap at the same speed as the melody was played!
A short melody will be played on the piano twice, based on the first five notes of the major scale (G, D, A major). The key will be named, and the major triad will be played once before the melody begins. (ex. for D major, the notes involved will be any or all of D, E, F#, G, A, and will start on either D, F#, or A)
Tips: Listen carefully to the triad, so that you can quickly figure out what note the melody starts on. Listen for familiar patterns (does it sound like a scale or an arpeggio?) and listen for repeated notes (sometimes the melody will return to a previous note).
For the exam, you can choose to identify a given interval (played only once) or sing or hum the interval when given a starting note. The videos below are for identifying intervals only.
Intervals above a given note: major 3rd, perfect 5th
Tips: Sing the notes in your head, and then try to sing the notes in between as well, following either a major or a minor scale. You should be able to count the number of notes in between in this way. You may find it easier to start out with singing these out loud until you can do it in your head. You can also use familiar songs to help you recognize certain intervals, for example a major 3rd above sounds like the beginning two notes of ’When the Saints Come Marching In’.