Are you keen to develop your pupils’ aural skills? Do your students struggle with dictation? Are your students struggling with traditional aural tests?

This new practical course will present tried and tested aural training strategies to help your students to tackle any aural test, from the simplest aural responses to complex aural analysis and dictation. Delegates will have the opportunity to try out some of the teaching materials provided in order to improve their personal aural skills.


  • Learn how to improve students’ confidence and ability in aural skills
  • Develop new approaches to teaching dictation effectively
  • Explore how to lay the foundations for more advanced dictation skills
  • Gain new approaches to developing aural analytic skills for examination
  • Take away strategies on how to answer exam questions successfully


“Excellent – well led with good discussion opportunities and practical suggestions.” – Loreto College, Wednesday 23rd November 2016


COURSE DATES London, Tuesday 27 June 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Music
A Level Music Teachers
Tutors, instrumental and vocal teachers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 11.30am: Nurturing aural skills at Advanced level

  • Exploring the principles of effective aural training
  • Improving students’ confidence in their aural skills for effortless examination success
  • Incorporating aural training into every lesson
  • Devising lesson openers that develop musical understanding and aural skills

11.30 – 11.45am: Break


11.45 – 1.00pm: Teaching dictation effectively

  • Developing aural dictation skills from scratch
  • Developing successful teaching strategies to enhance aural awareness
  • Laying the foundations for the development of more advanced dictation skills
  • Developing strategies for completing dictation questions in examinations with ease

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch


2.00 – 3.00pm: Developing aural analytical skills

  • Teaching aural analysis effectively
  • Developing confidence in handling skeleton scores
  • Identifying and fostering aural chord and cadence recognition, including chromatic chords
  • Identifying cadences and spotting modulations as preparation for listening examinations

3.00 – 3.15pm: Break


3.15 – 4.00pm: A* Aural Analysis for the new specifications

  • Teaching Advanced aural analysis
  • Devising interesting and relevant ‘wider listening’ activities
  • Incorporating ‘wider listening’ activities into schemes of work
  • Answering questions effectively and succinctly

Miranda Francis

Over the past twenty years Miranda Francis has led music departments in both state and independent schools. Over the past twenty years she has taught students of a wide range of abilities, from beginners at the keyboard to classical performers at the highest level. She was Head of Academic Music at the Purcell School from 2002 to 2013 and she is currently a BMus Course Tutor at the Royal College of Music, where she leads the aural training programme.
In September 2013 she became the Director of the Junior Department at the Royal College of Music.