The Contemporary Aural Course – PREPARATORY

Audio and workbook set

This audio and book set is a user-friendly, no experience necessary, aural training course that provides a method of teaching and improving aural skills rather than just a programme of questions and answers. Designed for the novice musician from the age of 5 and up, the voice over instruction gently guides the beginner through the early stages of ear-training.




1) Pitch recognition High and Low sounds and direction
2) Repetition – Sames (Unison): Listening, transcribing
3) Steps - 2nds: Listening, transcribing
4) Skips - 3rds: Listening and singing only
5) Skip-plus-ones - 4ths: Listening and singing only
6) Jumps - 5ths: Listening and singing only
7) The Major Scale: Listening and singing only



1) Whole, Half and Quarter notes
2) 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time
3) The Dotted Half Note
4) A shorthand system by which to transcribe the above timing elements quickly and easily. This is extremely useful for transcription questions in examinations, as it ensures the listener can capture and write out a rhythmic pattern in three hearings.

In this preparatory set the easy rhythm shorthand system is demonstrated in a slow, stage-by-stage manner so even the youngest student can follow the system.

Once this course has been completed, students will be able to handle the faster pace of Set One.

The books in this series are not stand-alone courses. They provide the format in which to write the answers to the questions heard in the audio and some instructional material relating to each lesson.

This book includes a separate lift-out sheet with the answer keys so teachers can check their students’ results or students can self-check.  Track listing sheets are included and are also available as a free download from this page.


Preparatory Level - Track Listing

Click here for a complete track list for the Preparatory CDs. These files are in Acrobat format.
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4

The Contemporary Aural Course is recommended reference material for the AMEB's Contemporary Popular Syllabus
If you would like to read a detailed review from the Saxophone and Clarinet magazine June 2004 edition, click here.
Click here for a complete chart of Margaret's Aural and Theory Materials


Purchasing information

The book and audio are available as individual items. 
The audio for CD1 and CD2 of the Preparatory Aural Course is available in MP3 format.
Downloads are available for purchase from the order page on this site through Paypal.


Prices and Codes


$14.95 for the complete audio for Preparatory Aural Course
CD1 and CD2 in MP3 format.

Audio Code Number MBR 35957 

Books - Preparatory Aural Course


$17.95 for a single copy – Code Number MBR 35956 

$69.95 Special discount price for a class set of 10 copies only available from this website.  Code Number MMP 2010