Many related issues are touched upon as part of the research for this book which formed part of Colin’s PhD thesis. These emerge as relevant topics in the discussion of aural following the analysis of four empirical studies in which two main areas are investigated: firstly, the relationship between university music students’ aural ability and their overall success on a music degree programme, and, secondly, the views of music students and professional musicians about aural and its relevance to their career. In addition to their views on training and singing, other aspects considered include the role of improvisation, memorisation and notation, examinations, absolute pitch and the affinity with language. Some further writing on the role of assessment and examinations has since been undertaken during 2019.

Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2016 (ISBN (13) 978-1-4438-9799-0)