Best sightsinging method books
Date: February 15, 2012
I teach choir at a middle school where the majority of the students do not read music at all. I spend a lot of time each rehearsal teaching rhythm and sightreading. Every day, I write an exercise on the board (I don't have a projector, so I have to do this by hand so all the students can see) for us to work on. Needless to say, this takes a lot of time (and a lot of white board marker!). Sometimes the exercise I choose is too easy, sometimes too hard---but when there's only one, it's all we've got!
What I would LOVE to do is purchase an inexpensive sightsinging course that all the kids could have in a book. I envison keeping a set of the books in the classroom that everyone would just pick up at the beginning of class and put back at the end. That way I could just say, "Today's exercise is on page 5, number 3." Easy! And if it's too easy, or too hard, then I can switch to another one. Everyone can see (another problem with the board writing), and there are lots of options.
So, my question to you all is this: what are your favorite method books? I'm not looking for a workbook, really, where the students write things in. More like a compendium of exercises, both rhythm and notes, that progress at a solid pace (not too fast, not too slow) and that is easy to use. I've been pulling exercises from the Jenson Sight-Singing Course, but it's not my favorite in terms of how it progresses. I've also got one called Patterns of Sound, but it moves at a snail's pace. What else is out there that you like to use? And that hopefully is rather inexpensive? I don't have a huge budget at my school but I'm hoping to find something affordable.
Thanks in advance for your ideas!
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