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Auralia is an award winning[1] drill based Ear training software package, setting the benchmark for music students of all ages and ability levels[2]. Students and teachers utilise the broad range of ear training topics to improve their musicianship skills and aural awareness. Specific pedagogical requirements can easily be met and training customised for exam preparation by using the Syllabus, Test and Record Keeping features.

Auralia was developed in Australia by [Rising Software] and was first released in 1994.

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History

Auralia was the brainchild of Hamish Moffatt and Peter Lee who in 1994 faced a daunting ear training exam which had been introduced as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). They formed Rising Software and released the first version of Auralia the same year. The success of Auralia led to the development of Musition, a Theory Training program that complements Auralia's Ear Training exercises.

Having established Auralia and Musition as successful products in the Australian music education market Rising Software appointed distributors in major overseas markets including the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.

In 2002 Sibelius Software commenced worldwide distribution of Auralia and Musition[3]. Sibelius has subsequently been purchased by Avid Technology who continue to distribute Auralia and Musition worldwide.

Version release dates:

  • 1994 - Auralia 1.5 for Windows
  • 1998 – Auralia 2.0 for Windows
  • 1999 – Auralia 2.1 for Windows / Auralia 1.0 for Mac
  • 2003 – Auralia 2.1 for Mac
  • 2005 – Auralia 3.0 for Windows
  • 2008 – Auralia 3.5 for Windows


Auralia and Musition are available through music stores, educational suppliers, computer stores and online.

Content

When using Auralia, students are asked to submit their answers in various ways

  • Multiple choice answer selection
  • Clicking in musical notation
  • Tapping rhythms on computer keyboard
  • Singing into microphone (optional)
  • External MIDI keyboard or other MIDI controller (optional)


Auralia offers 41 Ear Training topics, in five groups:

Intervals and Scales

Interval Comparison Interval Imitation
Interval Recognition Interval Singing
Jazz Scales Jazz Scale Singing
Scales and Scale singing

Chords

Chord Comparison Chord Imitation
Chord Recognition Chord Singing
Cluster Chords Jazz Chord Imitation
Jazz Chords Jazz Chord Singing

Rhythm

Meter Recognition Pulse Tapping
Rhythm Comparison Rhythm Dictation

Harmony and Form

Advanced Progressions Cadences
Chord Progressions Forms
Jazz Forms Jazz Progressions
Modulation

Pitch and Melody

Absolute Pitch Interval Imitation
Counterpoint Singing Melodic Comparison
Melodic Dictation Note Recognition
Pitch Comparison Pitch Dictation
Pitch Imitation Sight Singing
Tuning

Features

Auralia has many features that enable effective classroom management and student record keeping, “Auralia is designed to be a complete record keeping system as well as an ear training tutor” [4].

Teachers and students can design customised learning tasks or 'Tests'. These can contain any number of questions from any syllabus and any topic. Auralia records the scores from these tests separately from normal practise results. This allows teachers to effectively grade and monitor the progress of students using tests created in Auralia.

Teachers can use tests and worksheets across various classes without the risk of students cheating as Auralia randomly selects questions. This ensures that each student receives a different selection of questions, which, importantly, are at the same difficulty level. Teachers also have the option of allowing students to take a test multiple times and compare the results of their attempts.

Auralia “provides ample customisation”[5], giving teachers the flexibility to define sylubuses, customise levels and prepare tests whithin these to suit the specific needs of their students[6]. This information can be stored on a computer network which can be accessed by multiple teachers.

Individual teachers can store, examine and report from the results that Auralia stores for each student. When installed on a network, numerous teachers can have access to the results recorded for a wider group of students and access this data from any network locations, providing flexibility for both students and teachers[7]. The centralised database that Auralia uses makes this very easy to implement.

Compatibility

Auralia is available for Windows and Macintosh computers.

System Requirements

Mac:
  • Powermac/G4/G3/iMac
  • Mac OS 7.6 or later (Including Mac OS X - 10.1 or later)
  • 16Mb+ free RAM
  • Hard disk with 30mb of free disk space
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • MIDI Keyboard (optional) Microphone (optional)
Windows:
  • Pentium© Processor or higher
  • 32Mb+ RAM
  • Hard disk with 50mb of free disk space
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • Windows 95©, Windows 98©, Windows ME, Windows NT©, Windows 2000©, Windows XP© or Windows Vista©
  • Sound card
  • MIDI Keyboard (optional)
  • Midi compatible Microphone (optional)

Known Users

Auralia is used by students of music and music educators worldwide as part of contemporary music syllabi[8]. Some leading institutions which use Auralia are;

  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • Berklee College of Music, United States
  • Guild Hall School of Music and Piano, United Kingdom
  • Auckland Grammar School, New Zealand

References

  1. ^ “Auralia wins prestigious award at music conference.” Sibelius http://www.sibelius.com/news/press71.html (accessed November 10, 2008).
  2. ^ “Roll up, Roll up, the Circus is in town”, The Guardian, Tuesday December 12, 2006. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2006/dec/12/elearning.technology20 (accessed January 12, 2007).
  3. ^ “Sibelius Acquire Distribution of Auralia” Sibelius http://www.sibelius.com/news/press22.html (accessed March 12, 2002).
  4. ^ “Review of Auralia 2.0”, The Piano Education Page, http://www.pianoeducation.org/pnoaur2r.html, (accessed January 5, 2005).
  5. ^ “Rising Software – Auralia 2.1 (Win)”, Electronic Musician, September 2001.
  6. ^ “Auralia 3.5 Review”, Trainear. http://www.trainear.com//Auralia_3_5_Review_11_2009.php (accessed November 5, 2009).
  7. ^ “Binary Interface – Binary Designs Newsletter”, Binary Designs, November 2005. http://www.binarydesigns.com.au/newsletter/Nov2005.html (accessed March 12, 2006)
  8. ^ “Music 211 - Teaching with Music Technology” http://www.csub.edu/~jscully/2007/winter/downloads/mu111syllabus.pdf (accessed October 28, 2009)

External links

Auralia
Rising Software
Sibelius
Avid Technology
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