Links to some aural training apps with commentary on each. Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list - it definitely does not cover all of the available options. Could I also emphasise three things:
- You already have lots of exercises from your lectures and tutorials that you can do on your own - and the programs below do not replace working at the keyboard (essential!) or with a tuning fork, pencil and paper.
- There are lots of useful resources in the library - ask the librarians for advice if you're not sure where to start.
- There is NO SUBSTITUTE FOR REGULAR PRACTICE. All of the resources in the world will not replace regular work on these critically important and totally learnable skills. You can do it if you work at it. You can do it if you want it enough. You can do it!
- "EarMaster" (www.earmaster.com) - full free trial available.
- "Auralia" (http://www.sibelius.com/products/auralia/index.html) and "Musition" (http://www.sibelius.com/products/musition/index.html) - partial free trial available (only one topic in each area).
Available from the App Store (free and paid):
- "GoodEar Pro" - intervals, chords, scales and melodic dictation. This is a very handy app and quite inexpensive. You can download the four separate functions as separate apps if you like, but I can't see why you would want to.
- "Ear Training - Visual - Intuitive" - Sort of an intro to melodic dictation, using only graphical depictions of pitch and rhythm. There are no instructions but it only takes a couple of minutes to work out what is going on. A very odd app but I have a feeling that it may be very useful for some people.
- "Tempo Trainer" - tests your ability to correctly give and maintain a tempo.
- "Music Theory Rhythms" - rhythm reading practice in one or two parts. Difficulty ranges from easy to very advanced. Requires a bit of fiddling about to work out how best to use it. The only major drawback is that it doesn't use compound meters.
- "Polyrhythm Metronome" - exactly what it says. Aural and graphical depictions of all sorts of polyrhythms (2:3, 4:5, 11:9 etc!). Useful for developing coordination and for working through rhythmic difficulties in repertoire.
- Musical Mind (http://www.musicalmind.org) - pitch and solfege exercises
- GoodEar (http://www.good-ear.com/servlet/EarTrainer) - intervals and chords
- Teoria (http://www.teoria.com/exercises/) - a range of aural and theory resources
- Earbeater (http://www.earbeater.com/online-ear-training/) - intervals and chords
- Theta Music Trainer (http://trainer.thetamusic.com) - musical flash games. Not sure how useful this is but it looked like fun.
- Easy Ear Training (http://www.easyeartraining.com/resources/) - links to further resources