Using an instrumental method book to teach vocal literacy
Date: October 21, 2013
Everyone always says that singers aren't usually as good readers as instrumentalists. Conversely instrumentalists often don't hear as well as vocalists because they're buried in the book.
However, the method books do a good job in my opinion of teaching kids to read music. Has anyone ever tried to use a method book, say Standards of Excellence, to teach either a choir or a general music class to read music? Is this a terrible idea?! I was thinking of using a beginning instrumental book to teach literacy. We'd spend 5-10 minutes each class. I'm an instrumentalist and I think of the voice as an instrument so I think this is why I thought of the idea. I was just wondering what peoples thoughts are on the subject. I may try it and realize it doesn't work at all, or maybe it will work quite nicely.
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