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Class Description

ABRSM Prep Classes prepare students for the 4 different parts of the ABRSM aural testing which are part of every practical voice and instrumental examination Grades 1-8. The aural component of the exam is 12% of the total score. These classes help students to practice regularly the specific skills needed for each grade.

To not take away from private instrumental instruction with your teacher we have the ABRSM Prep Class. These classes prepare students for the 4 different parts of the ABRSM Aural testing, include mock exams, and music theory to match their level. If you can not attend the class we offer private lessons for all theory exams.

During the prep classes we practice:

Grades 1-3:

  • Clapping the pulse of a piece and identifying whether it is in two time or three time.
  • Singing phrases of music as ‘echoes’.
  • Identifying where a change in pitch or rhythm occurs during a phrase played.
  • Listening to a piece and answering questions about different features they hear.

Grades 4-5:

  • Singing from memory a melody played twice.
  • Sight-singing notes from a score in free time.
  • Listening to a piece and answering questions about different features they hear.
  • Clapping rhythms from extracts and identifying whether it is in two, three, or four time.

Grades 6-8:

  • Recognizing cadences, chords, and modulations.
  • Sight-singing.
  • Identifying musical features,

Listening lies at the heart of all good music-making. Developing a ‘musical ear’ is fundamental to musical training because having developed aural awareness impacts all aspects of musicianship. It is so essential that ABRSM aural tests are part of the instrumental & voice exams.

The Conservatory’s ABRSM Prep Class consists of weekly 1-hour classes that take place during the weekdays or as part of Saturday Conservatory. These classes will prepare the students to arrive in the best condition to their graded exam. Through a series of interactive challenges, students will develop their skills to identify and describe musical features and differences quickly and accurately. They will be able to recognize the pulse of a piece and determine the correct time signature.  They will also develop their ability to echo sing and sight-sing everything from simple musical phrases to complicated multi-voice excerpts. To learn more about the ABRSM exams, please look at our recent post.

ABRSM Prep Class


  • Ages: 6 to adult
  • Levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced
  • Open House: September 21, 2019
  • First Class: September 21, 2019
  • Location: The International School of Paris, 45 rue Cortambert, 75016
  • Dates 2019/2020:
    • September 21, 28
    • October 5, 12
    • November 16, 23, 30
    • December 8, 9
    • January 11, 18, 25
    • February 29
    • March 7, 14, 21, 28
    • April 25
    • May 2, 9, 16, 30
    • June 6
  • Private Music Theory lessons are available.
ABRSM Prep Class / Music Theory
/ year
  • 23 weeks of classes/year
  • Mock Exams for ABRSM Practical Exams
  • ABRSM Theory Exam Prep
  • Get great marks on your exams!
  • Part of Saturday Conservatory.

Saturday Conservatory  Classes are in partnership with ISP Plus. To learn more about ISP Plus, click on the logo below.