A short harmonised passage, of approximately 8 bars in length, will be played. The passage will be in either 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8 or 6/4 time. Candidates will be asked to:
- 1 (a) beat (conduct) time, with a correct and clear beat shape (conducting pattern) according to the time signature of the music, in time with the examiner's playing, as the examiner plays the passage again. (Passages in 6/8 or 6/4 time should be conducted with a 2-beat or 6-beat pattern as appropriate) (2 marks).
A short phrase, of approximately 2 bars in length, taken from the passage, will be played in an unharmonised version, twice. Candidates will be asked to:
- 1 (b) identify and describe the note values (rhythmic values of the notes) in the phrase (2 marks).
An interval will be played twice, with the pitches sounded together. The interval may be any major, minor or perfect interval within the octave, as well as the augmented 4th / diminished 5th. Candidates will be asked to:
- 2(a) identify the interval, by type and numerical value (1 mark).
- The test will be repeated, using a different interval (1 mark).
The key-chord of a major key will be sounded. A short melody in the same key, of approximately 2 bars in length, will be played, finishing with a harmonised cadence (perfect, imperfect, plagal, or interrupted) in the home key. Candidates will be asked to:
- 2 (b) identify the cadence, either by its conventional name, or as “finished” (perfect and plagal) or “unfinished” (imperfect or interrupted) (1 mark).
- The test will be repeated, using a different example (1 mark).