Vol. 4 nº 1, mai 2017
Aural skills (AS) are part of the training of most musicians. While some begin their study at college level, many children learn it in one-on-one settings, during their instrumental music lessons. AS is an efficient way to develop musicianship (Karpinski 2000) and is also linked to enhanced results in instrumental performance (Rogers 2013), composition (ibid.), and instrumental sight-reading (Mishra 2014). Unfortunately, those desirous to pursue their musical learning in college often face difficulties that probably come from a lack of precollegial training (Anderman 2011; Hedges 1999; Powell 2013). For example, in Cégep Saint-Laurent, a college in Quebec, 45% of students enrolled for autumn trimester in 2011, 2012, and 2013 were ranked in the weakest courses in AS, and 24% of those students considered as weak failed their first semester (Fournier 2015). Consequently, there seems to be a need for a better training for young learners. Perhaps the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) could be a way to better support their learning process.