An Introduction to Sight Singing


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In my experience as an educator, I have found that many students are uncomfortable, even petrified at the prospect of sight singing in the classroom.
Sight singing is seldom taught during the early stages of music appreciation or study, so when it’s finally offered at the high school or college level, students find it intimidating rather than enjoyable. I strongly encourage music educators to introduce sight singing materials to students as early as possible and to make it an enjoyable experience.
Sight singing, or solfege, is a wonderful way to enhance musicianship. It enables the student to develop an “inner ear”, the ability to look at a piece of music and hear how it sounds without actually playing it on an instrument. Solfege is the perfect companion to sight reading, familiarizing the student with fundamental rhythms, intervals and melodic patterns.
This book should be used in conjunction with other sight singing and sight reading materials to insure a comprehensive and varied exposure to written music.
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