Practicing your aural skills is a really important and enjoyable part of your all-round experience of being a musician and focuses on all the music you are hearing, rather than reading. 

Strengthening your ear will enhance your experience of playing, will give you the skills to play with other musicians and will allow you to develop your skills of playing music without notation in front of you. 

If you are keen to progress through music exams, you will need to demonstrate your aural skills at each stage. 

When you are first starting out, you will learn how to clap along with music, how to sing back simple melodies and how to listen out for certain features of music, such as loud or quiet sounds, smooth or detached notes and fast or slow tempos. 

With more experience you will be able to identify chords by ear, sight sing melodies and hear chords as part of sequences.