Aural Skills, Musical Rudiments, and Sightreading--The overlooked elements of Musicianship
The elements of musicianship, namely aural skills, musical rudiments (“theory”), and sightreading are often neglected in musical study because students are busy grinding away on their instruments. However, musicianship skills facilitate the learning of new music and instrumental mastering. Aural skills help the students hear internally what they are reading, rudiments help them see the musical patterns within the composition, and sightreading skills make learning a piece of music much quicker. Therefore, when students spend equal time on musicianship studies, they perform with greater insight, security, and finesse in a shorter amount of time.
When musicians perform prepared memorized pieces, they play by ear, even if they learned the piece by reading. The primary elements of aural training are recognizing: intervals, chords, scales, rhythmic and melodic dictation, and playing back short melodies by ear. These aural skills allow the musician to, among other things, connect what they hear with what they are playing, and thus greatly increase the accuracy of their performance.
Musicians who understand the structural elements of their pieces and the relationship of these elements to the sound they are making have a firm grasp of musical rudiments because understanding how tonality, rhythm, form, dynamics, and articulations interact in a score will inform the student’s ability to play idiomatically. Furthermore, a student who understands rudiments can make musical sense of the score in a shorter time.
Students are always keen on learning a piece quickly and skilled sight readers can do this, whereas unskilled sight readers grind away endlessly to learn their music. Skilled sight readers use their aural skills and strong rudimental knowledge to make sense of the music “on the fly,” allowing them to learn quickly and/or play with others in group settings.
Students love to play; they mostly hate to study. They signed up for the fun of making sounds they recognize, so they often must be convinced that the shortest route from A to B is not in grinding, but in mastering these “boring” elements of musicianship: aural skills, musical rudiments, and sightreading.
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What should a Royal Conservatory of Music piano student practice each week according to Shakespear?
A Royal Conservatory piano student's goal,
Is mastering the art of playing with control.
Begin with scales and arpeggios in hand,
To warm up fingers and help you understand.
Next, pieces chosen with purpose and care,
Played often, so the music's easy to bear.
Technical studies such as Hanon or Czerny,
Can help you play with dexterity so cleanly.
Sight-reading and ear training are quite a treat,
To build essential skills and make progress sweet.
Choose challenging repertoire to extend,
Your capabilities, and become a true friend.
Lastly, review and refine what you've learned,
So your piano skills will be well-earned.
A Royal Conservatory piano student's way,
Is to practice each week, with dedication and play.
Listening is pracitcing
Coming up on March 4, 2023, I will be performing with the Toronto Concert Band as a pianist and percussionist. I practice every day in preparation for, and anticipation of, an exciting evening of music making. The piano part of Cait Nishimua's "Pukaskwa" is challenging. The piano part enters after a tricky rest. My confidence needs a boost. So, I've transcribed the melody that plays in the rest, which, I hope, will make my entrance stronger.
I'll let you know how it turns out.
How to spend an hour practicing for your Royal Conservatory of Music exam. Part 2
Listening (5 minutes) Listen to professional recordings of the piece(s) you will be practicing today and then play your "party piece" or your "goto" piece.
Warm-up (10 minutes) Play your assigned scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises. Multiple repetitions are recommended.
Repertoire (20 minutes) Play your piece(s) focusing on sound quality, phrasing, dynamics, and rhythm. I suggest working on small chunks Later, when you are close to the exam, you should run your program, without stopping, to build endurance.
Sightreading (5 minutes)
Theory (10 minutes)
Ear Training (5 minutes) Review the requirements of the grade.
Conclusion (5 minutes) Review an old favorite
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Question: What are the elements I need to consider, as a musician, to improve my aural skills?
Answer: To improve your aural skills as a musician, you should consider the following elements:
Sounds like the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum to me.
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What should I practice to learn piano?
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Once again good specific advice.
What should a Royal Conservatory of Music piano student practice each week? Please answer in rhyming couplets.
A Royal Conservatory student, practicing piano,
Should aim for consistency, not just a one-time show.
First, warm up those fingers with scales and arpeggios,
Then move on to pieces, to let the music flow.
Technical studies like Hanon or Czerny,
Can help to build dexterity and avoid any injury.
Sight-reading and ear training, don't forget to include,
These skills are crucial and can't be misconstrued.
Challenging repertoire, should be in the mix,
To push your abilities, and you're playing to fix.
Lastly, review and refine, what you've learned so far,
Take your time, be patient, it will take you far.
So Royal Conservatory piano student, keep in mind,
Practice regularly, and you'll see yourself shine.
I may lose my mind.
How should I practice piano?
To practice piano effectively, here are some steps you can follow:
Have fun: Finally, make sure to enjoy the process! Playing the piano should be a source of joy and fulfillment, not stress and frustration.
Not bad. However, recording yourself is missing.
How should I practice jazz piano?
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You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.