Solfege and Sonority: Teaching Music Reading in the Choral Classroom

Solfege and Sonority: Teaching Music Reading in the Choral Classroom

by David J. Xiques
     
 

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Solfege and Sonority is a guide for teaching music literacy in a choral rehearsal, with a focus on the needs of teachers who work with young singers. The book lays out teaching sequences for melodic and rhythmic concepts, lesson plans, and concise strategies for introducing key techniques. The individual lessons themselves are short (no more than 4-6 minutes each)

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Solfege and Sonority is a guide for teaching music literacy in a choral rehearsal, with a focus on the needs of teachers who work with young singers. The book lays out teaching sequences for melodic and rhythmic concepts, lesson plans, and concise strategies for introducing key techniques. The individual lessons themselves are short (no more than 4-6 minutes each) and comprehensive, encouraging singers to develop a literacy of rhythm and melody together. In 18 easy-to-use lessons for teachers and conductors and tying the lessons to the teacher's current repertoire, longtime choral director and teacher David J. Xiques has created a practical and viable solution to the challenges of many conductors, as well as providing a much-needed manual for upper-level choral pedagogy courses. The comprehensive companion website provides access to videos of exercises, worksheets, and teaching materials.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A fabulous resource! David Xiques's pedagogical processes towards music literacy for young singers through outstanding choral literature are clear. His sequencing is invaluable for the conductor who wishes to approach masterful musicianship with beginning choirs." — Georgia A. Newlin, DMA, Adelphi University, Past President, Organization of American Kodály Educators

"A thoughtful presentation of concepts that will be of use to teachers at many levels, Solfege and Sonority is the most coherent and broadly applicable pedagogy I have seen on this very important subject." —Joshua Habermann, Conductor, Dallas Symphony Chorus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199944354
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/18/2014
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,172,835
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

David J. Xiques is Associate Professor of Music in the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University. A Kodály specialist and a professional tenor, he is also a frequent choral clinician and presenter at professional music conferences.

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