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

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Oxford University Press, Feb 15, 2001 - Music - 192 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

Why Teach SightSinging?
1
How to Teach SightSinging
35
What Materials Are Available?
125
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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