Aural training is often neglected until the last possible moment leading up to AMEB exam time; teachers can tend to focus on technical work and pieces, and simply don't have time to cover all the additional areas of examination like aural, sight reading and general knowledge. I like to help fill in those gaps and take the pressure off both the student and the teacher.
Aural skills entail a variety of listening tests that are performed during an exam, displaying the student's understanding of rhythm, tonality, intervals, inversions and overall aural perception.
Often coupled with accompaniment, aural skills training is part of final exam preparation which aims to consolidate general knowledge, analysis, aural, and sight reading skills, and performance craft. There is great value in getting another perspective whilst refining pieces (correcting the odd note, showing sensitivity to style and phrasing etc.)