- February 4, 2010 at 10:12 am #249641Hello fellow choir nerds!!!!My friend and I are doing a session at our local MENC and ACDA conventions and we are looking for websites that have any free sight-reading material. We have the big ones like CPDL and a resource from this website and jsbchorales.net. we are also looking for something for smaller schools. If you could help out that would be great!!!Thanks!!Jarrod HendricksFebruary 5, 2010 at 8:13 am #249703
Wendell NislyParticipantHave you tried Eyes and Ears? It is an extensive collection of sight-reading, which although it may not be all you need can certainly help. http://www.lightandmatter.com/sight/sight.htmlWDNFebruary 5, 2010 at 11:20 am #249718
John HowellParticipantJarrod: It depends on what you consider suitable for sightreaing practice. The Kodéaly materials are designed for exactly that, of course, and are properly organized and sequential, but you won’t find them for free if that’s your only criterion.What I usually advise singers to do is to borrow (or buy, of course) a hymnbook from their church, and read through 5 to 10 hymns every day. First the melody, of course, and then each of the other parts, using a keyboard only to check questionable intervals, not to play through the part. The first time through is sightreading. Anything after that is rehearsal!! But just to point out a terminology problem, BOTH involve “reading”!The most important thing about sightreading is just to DO it. I added a violinist–a music education major–to my Early Music Ensemble this semester, and discovered that she had almost NO sightreading skills. At our first rehearsals she stumbled badly and wasn’t reading rhythms. But she’s improving fast just because I keep throwing new music at her and expecting her to sightread, and just yesterday she stopped by to thank me for it!What I do NOT recommend is the “Sightsinging” method books that many of my colleagues, mostly music theorists, have produced. I have never known any college course in “sight singing” to actually teach anyone to sightread, even though I don’t yet understand why that’s the case.JohnFebruary 5, 2010 at 4:32 pm #249714Thanks So much!!!February 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm #249731
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It is not exactly “sight-reading materials,” but composer Kentaro Sato has some excellent practice scores and songs which we can use freely in our classrooms. You can find them at education page of his site:
(or here more specifically )
I use musicianship 1, 3 and the warm-up song at the beginning of most rehearsals, and they always bring excellent results to students at the end of the year.
Kids especially like the warm-up song. It is a nice little song with solfege syllables, but it has chromatic movement, large jumps, major/minor key and etc. So, kids learn a lot just singing this little song.February 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm #249732
Kel TozaParticipantOops, the scripted links might not work… So here they areFebruary 6, 2010 at 10:25 am #249774
Jussi DohertyParticipantI have some free sight singing exercises posted on SibeliusMusic.com that I made almost 10 years ago. I wrote them as practice for my MS students as we prepared for the sight reading assessment at the Florida Vocal Association’s Music Performance Assessment (aka festival). They are not wonderful, but they are FREE! They’re labeled unison and 2pt, but I think there’s some rhythm examples too.February 8, 2010 at 10:20 am #249926Thank you so much!!!All examples are great!
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