Melodic Dictation Questions
Melodic dictation questions
Each exam will only contain one notation/dictation question. This type of question is worth 12-16 marks, occasionally more.
The notation/dictation question involves students studying a printed score (notated extract of music using traditional staff notation) and answering questions related to the score. This question involves students filling in missing notes in one or two bars of music, which itself is a sub-question worth 6 to 8 marks. The other sub-questions are general knowledge questions.
How to answer these types of question
Watch the video to the left first before attempting any practice tasks below (coming soon Apr 2021...)
Each video below is an individual practice task. The first one gives you instructions on how each video task works, so make sure to watch that first.
Each task increases in difficulty
This site will test your ability to read note values (rhythm) and tap them on your keyboard or mouse. We often clap these in lesson - this is the same thing
Make sure the option 'Require Holding for Entire Note Duration' option is NOT on - choose 'No'
Before you begin dictation with notes it's a good idea to learn how to recognise melodies using scale degrees, or using solfege syllables like do, re, mi, fa, so, la, tiYou may need to refer to this first to understand what solfege is: http://www.howtosingsmarter.com/solfege/
Start with the 'simple' exercise, and then 'diatonic' if you think 'simple' is too easy
Click HERE to try a basic online game that can give you some practice with this type of task - filling in missing notes
(this game uses the now outdated Flash plugin. However, some browsers might still support Flash such as Firefox, Edge, or Safari)