Building Choral Excellence: Teaching Sight-Singing in the Choral Rehearsal

Building Choral Excellence: Teaching Sight-Singing in the Choral Rehearsal

Building Choral Excellence: Teaching Sight-Singing in the Choral Rehearsal

Building Choral Excellence: Teaching Sight-Singing in the Choral Rehearsal

Synopsis

Designed for both the practicing choral director and the choral methods student, this is a compact and comprehensive overview of the many teaching methods, strategies, materials, and assessments available for choral sight-singing instruction. Sight-singing is an important, if sometimes neglected, facet of choral music education that often inspires fear and uncertainty in student and teacher alike. Written in an accessible style, this book takes the mystery out of teaching music reading. Topics covered include the history of sight-singing pedagogy and research, prominent methods and materials, and practical strategies for teaching and assessment. This is the only book to provide such a wealth of information under one cover and will become an essential part of every choral conductor's library.

Excerpt

This book was written to help choral directors who want to teach sightsinging find the methods and materials that best fit their needs, to encourage choral methods students to include sight-singing in their future choral programs, and to provide additional resources for directors who are already teaching sight-singing. The book does not espouse a particular method, nor will it provide you with the single “best” way to teach sight-singing to your choir. It is intended as a comprehensive guide to the teaching methods, research, strategies, materials, and assessments available for choral sight-singing instruction.

The book is divided into three main parts: Why Teach Sight-Singing? This part deals with the reasons, both historical and practical, for teaching music reading in the choral ensemble. Chapter 1 provides background on the long history of sight-singing instruction in the United States. Chapter 2 is a review of research that has been done on the benefits and challenges of teaching sight-singing in the choral program and discusses the implications for choral teachers. How to Teach Sight-Singing. This part deals with the mechanics of teaching music-reading skills. Chapter 3 is an overview of the most prevalent sight-singing methods and syllable systems in use today. Chapter 4 presents a wide variety of lesson models for teaching groups at different levels, as well as a number of sight-singing games to enhance instruction. Chapter 5 offers strategies for integrating sightsinging opportunities throughout the choral rehearsal rather than solely as separate exercises. Chapter 6 provides assessment strategies for evaluating both individual and group achievement to help teachers identify and record student progress. What Materials Are Available? The final part presents and evaluates resources. Chapter 7 is an overview of what to look for in sight-singing materials. Chapter 8 an annotated bibliography of many currently published sight-singing materials that summarizes . . .

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