Time Signature Recognition

Part of the "Unpitched Aural" tests for the Trinity London exams involves recognizing the time signature played on the snare drum by the examiner. Here are some examples for you to practise with. There's a pulse given at the start, and an accent placed on the 1st beat of each bar. The possible answers for the various grades are listed below, and they're cumulative, so for each new level you need to know the possible time signatures for that grade and all the preceding ones.


Grade 1 - 2/4, 3/4, 4/4

Grade 2 - 6/8

Grade 3 - as Grade 2

Grade 4 - 9/8, 12/8

Grade 5 - 5/4

Grade 6 - Any

Grade 7 - Any

Grade 8 - Any


Good luck and give me your answers in your drum lesson!