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Library Searching


The Auralia & Musition library is a vast beast with thousands of media items, links and questions.  Instructors often ask about the best way to find specific content, so here are a few tips.

Firstly, when you enter terms into the search bar, it is useful to know that you are searching across both library questions and media, and across titles, composers, descriptions, question type, and tags plus any metadata attached to items such as the key, time signature or tonality to name a few.

Search Tips

Typically search terms are best separated by a comma Eg. major, 4/4, meter recognition,

Here are a list of search terms/variables that may be of use:

  • Texture Eg. Monophonic, homophonic, polyphonic
  • Meter Eg 3/4, 4/4
  • Key Eg Bb major, F# minor
  • Tonality Eg. Diatonic, chromatic, atonal, modal, dorian
  • Rhythm Eg Hemiola, syncopation, triplets
  • Genre Eg pop, contemporary, cpm1 (=common practice music), cpm0 (=NOT common practice music)
  • Harmony Eg applied, mixture,
  • Source material Eg repertoire (ie drawing from literature)
  • Question Type Eg. Interval writing (Musition), Four-part writing, Sight Singing
  • Question Format Eg multiple choice, highlight, chord symbols, tapping, notate,
  • Question title Eg. meter recognition,
  • Composer Eg. Mayer,

Playback type

  • 'audio playback' = include all questions where there is an audio file used in playback
  • 'notation playback' = include all questions where there is a notation file used in playback
  • Note: “audio” and “notation” etc searches already function to filter the media type

Special Search Tags

If you are looking for melodies or chord progressions with specific melodic leaps or harmonic vocabulary please get in touch.