When entering for music exams most candidates put in a good effort with the preparation of their pieces. After all, playing pieces is the fun part. Pieces are also worth more marks than the supporting tests so investment of time and effort on the pieces is a good tactic.
When it comes to the Aural Tests, candidates are often less assured and often say things like "I don't like singing", "My teacher doesn't play the piano so we haven't done these", "There isn't enough time in lessons to fit these in", "I'm not sure what I have to do". Yet those Aural Test marks can make the difference between passing or failing, or can make the difference between one category of outcome and another.
At Music Matters, we have been working on a solution to all this. Videos can be downloaded that teach you all you need to know and give you plenty of practice on various different exercises, suitable for candidates preparing for exams. Have a look at Aural Test Tutorials to see how we can assist you.
In the meantime here are 7 top practical tips that will boost your vocal confidence and remember, if you still don't want to sing, you can always whistle or hum.
- Place your feet slightly apart, with one foot slightly in front of the other
- Stand up straight and try to grow a centimetre in height
- Lift your rib cage. If you're not sure how to do this put your hands on your head and push your elbows back - your rib cage is now lifted
- Take a deep breath
- Try to keep your throat relaxed
- Hear notes in your head before you pitch them
- Whatever you sing, sing with confidence