The Routledge Companion to Aural Skills Pedagogy offers a comprehensive survey of issues, practice, and current developments in the teaching of aural skills. The volume regards aural training as a lifelong skill that is engaged with before, during, and after university or conservatoire studies in music, central to the holistic training of the contemporary musician. With an international array of contributors, the volume captures diverse perspectives on aural-skills pedagogy, and enables conversation between different regions. It addresses key new developments such as the use of technology for aural training and the use of popular music. This book will be an essential resource and reference for all university and conservatoire instructors in aural skills, as well as students preparing for teaching careers in music.

chapter |5 pages


part Intermezzo 1|26 pages


part Intermezzo 2|93 pages

Theory and Curriculum

part |42 pages

Development of Listening Skills

chapter 3|10 pages

The Seeing Ear

Toward a Rationale for Dictation

chapter 4|11 pages

Attentional Control

A Perceptual Fundamental

part |49 pages

Development of Reading Skills

chapter 7|14 pages

The Sing-and-Play

chapter 8|13 pages

Performing with Meaning

A Case Study in Aural-Skills Curriculum Design Aimed at Improving Undergraduate-Performer Understanding of Pitch Function in Tonal Music

part Intermezzo 3|158 pages


chapter 11|14 pages

Teaching Aural Awareness in Hong Kong Primary Schools

Use of Drama Exercises

chapter 12|11 pages

A Good Pair of Ears

Conceiving of and Developing Aural Skills in Popular Music Education

chapter 13|20 pages

The Tortoise and the Magic Tree

Strategies to Develop Comprehensive and Holistic Music Analytical Listening Skills Through the Use of ‘Ghost Scores’

chapter 14|12 pages

New Aural Pedagogy for the Twenty-First Century

Introducing a Course for Undergraduate Students at the Royal College of Music, London

chapter 15|48 pages

The Watchmaker’s Screwdriver

Aural Competence

part Intermezzo 4|100 pages


chapter 17|11 pages

The Kodály Philosophy

Contemporary Interpretations and Practices

chapter 18|8 pages

An Introduction to the Kodály Method

Credited by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage

chapter 21|17 pages

Bending to Real Music

Harmonic Hearing in the Aural Skills Classroom

part Intermezzo 5|66 pages


part Intermezzo 6|32 pages


chapter 29|10 pages


The Development of a Web-Based Practice Tool for Individual Note Recognition in Consonant and Dissonant Piano Chords

part |10 pages

The Future of Aural Training

chapter |8 pages

Coda the Future of Aural Training

Clausula Vera (True Cadence)