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Sight Singing Methods Used in the Classroom

I am a student at Arizona State University in the Choral Methods class and our class would like to survey K - 12  music teachers about the different methods of teaching Sight Singing. While we realize that this is not scientific, we are hoping to get a sense of what people are currently doing.

1. What system you use to teach sight singing to your students in the classroom? (for example: solfege- movable Do with La based minor, movable Do with Do based minor, fixed Do, numbers, intervals, etc)
2. What have you discovered works well for you with your chosen system? What doesn't work well?
3. What materials do you use to teach sight singing with this method?

Thank you, we are looking forward to seeing your responses!
Replies (25): Threaded | Chronological
on February 2, 2011 2:02pm
1.  moveable do, la based minor
2.  sequential presentation/learning (very spare melodies and rhythms to full diatonic melodies and complex rhythms)
3.  Denise Bacon's;  185 Unison Pentatonic Exercises, 50 Two-Part Exercises; 46 Two Part Songs.  John Feierabend's The Book of Tunes for Beginning Sight Reading.   Kodaly's: 333 Elementary Exercises, 77 Two Part Exercises.  Philip Tacka and Michael Houlahan's Sound Thinking Vols. I and II.
Study with the Kodaly Program at Holy Names University!
Jennifer
on February 2, 2011 2:20pm
 
1.
Movable do with Do-minor.
 
2.
I found that students learn well if the solfege and other musicianship staff were incorporated in the normal warm-up process.
Movable Do (but being flexible between fixed Do with chromatic syllable), with Do-minor works best to acquire the sense of tonal construction (ti-do relationship and scale construction), and works well for both students, with and without perfect pitch.
 
3.
Kentaro Sato's free musicianship materials
Bill Douglas Rock Etude
I use #2 which goes something like
This is very difficult (looks difficult too) at first, but every students will be able to this by the end of the year.
Actual sight-singing practice can be done using actual music we are working on...
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