Free Online Musical Aptitude Test

As a private music teacher, creating a free online musical aptitude test is not hard or too time-consuming. I also know that many people are in need of this every year when first encountering musical aptitude tests or music school entrance exams.

One of my purposes as a private music teacher is to help people pass these music entrance exams with flying colours. I have a number of free courses online to help people with this and the free online musical aptitude test is one of them. I hope it’s useful to you or your student.

There is more information on what's contained inside the musical aptitude test below. Do get in touch if you have any questions or are in need of more resources.

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Musical Aptitude Test…

The Standard MAT Test


One of the simpler parts of the exam, but only if the student has been thinking about pitch before. The student has to recognise the vertical relationship between notes and determine which are higher or lower. They can also be asked to determine the distance between pairs of notes and say how far they are apart compared to another pair.


Building on the skills required in the pitch section of the course, this part of the musical aptitude test evaluates the student’s awareness of melodic contour and difference.


Without doubt the hardest part of the exam. This section looks at the student’s perception of pitch relationships within vertical harmonies. They are asked how many notes are playing and other questions about musical texture.


The rhythm section focuses on the temporal aspects of music, rather than pitch. Students are required to show a keen sense of pulse and it’s relationship to rhythm and asked to spot minute differences in rhythmic excerpts.

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Jack Vaughan is a composer, conductor and private music teacher in the UK.

Jack started his musical life at the age of 7 with the saxophone, after having seeing a concert at St Georges Bristol. Since then he’s moved on to many other instruments and has specialised in piano, composition, audio production and conducting.

As a composer, Jack has written for theatre, film and television. He has arranged music for The Bristol Ensemble, and assistant-arranged for Charles Hazlewood, Ronni Size and for the BBC Concert orchestra. He has also performed at Glastonbury and WOMAD festivals numerous times.