9780195165500

Building Choral Excellence Teaching Sight-Singing in the Choral Rehearsal

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    9780195165500

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    0195165500

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-04-10
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Designed for both the practicing choral director and the choral methods student, this is a compact and comprehensive overview of the many teaching methods, strategies, materials, and assessments available for choral sight-singing instruction. Sight-singing is an important, if sometimes neglected, facet of choral music education that often inspires fear and uncertainty in student and teacher alike. Written in an accessible style, this book takes the mystery out of teaching music reading. Topics covered include the history of sight-singing pedagogy and research, prominent methods and materials, and practical strategies for teaching and assessment. This is the only book to provide such a wealth of information under one cover and will become an essential part of every choral conductor's library.

Author Biography


Dr. Steven M. Demorest is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Washington and music director of the Northwest Chamber Chorus, a select 45-voice mixed ensemble. He is the author of numerous articles on choral music pedagogy and research for the Choral Journal, Music Educators Journal, and the Journal of Research in Music Education.

Table of Contents

Part I: Why Teach Sight-Singing?
A History of Sight-Singing Instruction in the United States
5(15)
The Singing School
6(3)
Sight-Singing in American Public Education
9(3)
The A Cappella Movement: Sight-Singing in the High School Choir
12(3)
Sight-Singing Instruction Today
15(3)
Conclusion
18(1)
Recommended Readings
19(1)
What Research Offers Teachers
20(17)
Methods and Materials for Teaching Sight-Singing
21(2)
Factors in Sight-Singing Success
23(3)
Time Spent Teaching Sight-Singing
26(1)
A Survey of Current Practice
27(5)
Conclusion
32(1)
Recommended Readings
33(4)
Part II: How to Teach Sight-Singing
Systems and Methods of Instruction
37(23)
Systems for Representing Pitch
38(10)
Systems for Representing Rhythm
48(4)
Methods for Teaching Sight-Singing
52(4)
Conclusion
56(3)
Recommended Readings
59(1)
Sight-Singing Lesson Models
60(33)
The Prenotational Lesson
61(4)
Music Fundamentals
65(7)
Single Line Sight-Singing
72(9)
Multipart Sight-Singing
81(4)
Sight-Singing Games
85(5)
Sequencing Sight-Singing Instruction
90(2)
Conclusion
92(1)
Recommended Readings
92(1)
Integrating Sight-Singing into the Choral Rehearsal
93(12)
The Choir Program
94(1)
Choice of Literature
94(3)
The Choir Rehearsal
97(6)
Conclusion
103(1)
Recommended Readings
104(1)
Sight-Singing Assessment Procedures
105(22)
Group Sight-Singing Assessment
106(3)
Diagnostic Assessment
109(3)
Individual Assessment
112(3)
Scoring Systems
115(3)
Feedback
118(3)
Grading
121(1)
Summary
122(1)
Recommended Readings
123(4)
Part III: What Materials Are Available?
Materials
127(6)
Sight-Singing Materials Survey Results
127(2)
Important Features of Sight-Singing Materials
129(1)
Reviewing Choral Sight-Singing Materials
130(3)
Review of Materials
133(30)
Summary Chart of Published Materials
159(2)
Conclusion
161(2)
Appendix: Web Survey Contributor List 163(2)
Notes 165(4)
References 169(6)
Index 175

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