Building Choral Excellence: Teaching Sight-Singing in the Choral Rehearsal

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195124620
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Why Teach Sight-Singing?
1 A History of Sight-Singing Instruction in the United States 5
2 What Research Offers Teachers 20
Pt. II How to Teach Sight-Singing
3 Systems and Methods of Instruction 37
4 Sight-Singing Lesson Models 60
5 Integrating Sight-Singing into the Choral Rehearsal 93
6 Sight-Singing Assessment Procedures 105
Pt. III What Materials Are Available?
7 Materials 127
8 Review of Materials 133
App: Web Survey Contributor List 163
Notes 165
References 169
Index 175
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