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

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Oxford University Press, Apr 1, 2003 - Music - 177 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

A History of SightSinging Instruction in the United States
5
The Singing School
6
SightSinging in American Public Education
9
SightSinging in the High School Choir
12
SightSinging Instruction Today
15
Conclusion
18
Recommended Readings
19
What Research Offers Teachers
20
Conclusion
92
Integrating SightSinging into the Choral Rehearsal
93
The Choir Program
94
The Choir Rehearsal
97
Conclusion
103
Recommended Readings
104
SightSinging Assessment Procedures
105
Group SightSinging Assessment
106

Methods and Materials for Teaching SightSinging
21
Factors in SightSinging Success
23
Time Spent Teaching SightSinging
26
A Survey of Current Practice
27
Conclusion
32
Recommended Readings
33
Systems and Methods of Instruction
37
Systems for Representing Pitch
38
Systems for Representing Rhythm
48
Methods for Teaching SightSinging
52
Conclusion
56
Recommended Readings
59
SightSinging Lesson Models
60
The Prenotational Lesson
61
Music Fundamentals
65
Single Line SightSinging
72
Multipart SightSinging
81
SightSinging Games
85
Sequencing SightSinging Instruction
90
Diagnostic Assessment
109
Individual Assessment
112
Scoring Systems
115
Feedback
118
Grading
121
Summary
122
Recommended Readings
123
Materials
127
Important Features of SightSinging Materials
129
Reviewing Choral SightSinging Materials
130
Review of Materials
133
Summary Chart of Published Materials
159
Conclusion
161
Web Survey Contributor List
163
Notes
165
References
169
Index
175
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Dr. Steven M. Demorest is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Washington and music director of the Northwest Chamber Chorus, a select 45-voice mixed ensemble. He is the author of numerous articles on choral music pedagogy and research for the Choral Journal, Music Educators Journal, and the Journal of Research in Music Education.

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