Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Music as a Language - Reading Together - The Teaching of Sight Singing

Home recommends that students discover the necessity for the accidentals in the keys of g major and F major on their own. This could be taught either through the Sol-Fa method (as per Home) or through the pattern of whole and half steps that students already know from learning the C major scale.

Another suggestion that Home makes is "for a class to sing at sight fluently in one key before attempting a new one." (loc: 299) Likewise, minor keys should be delayed until students have mastered all the major keys.

When teaching singing in parts, use songs that allow the parts to be interchanged. This allows all students to learn how to both sing the melody as well as the harmony. This also avoids some students feeling inferior because they only sing the harmony part.

note: I'm reading this book from through my Kindle app, so quotations are shown by the location in the Kindle document.

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