Sight Singing and Rhythmic Reading

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For many music students, the most difficult skill to develop is the ability to sight sing. This book utilitzes solfege, rhythmic syllables, handsigns, memorized melodies, body rhythms, echo chains, chord progressions, four-part singing and conducting patters. It is the only textbook to combine all these features into an effective approach of teaching sight singing and rhythmic reading. This approach works well with young students as well as college students. With proper practice and mastery of each exercise presented in this book, students will develop excellent sight singing, rhythmic reading and conducting skills.


This collection of sight singing and rhythm reading exercises should be a welcome resource for aural skills training&. The solfege and rhythm mnemonic systems are especially valuable for music majors who may choose to teach music or conduct ensembles since these methodologies are among those that have proved to effective in elementary and secondary schools across American and internationally&. The large number and variety of exercises allows students to have deeper perceptual and performance experiences in each tonal or rhythmic concept. In this way, new skills and concepts are gained quickly and retained longer. The inclusion of folk song melodies gives learners familiar anchors upon which they can build additional sight reading skills&.Test melodies allow transfer of concepts to unfamiliar music so that the teacher and students can evaluate whether or not skills and concepts have been learned well enough to proceed to the next level&. The comprehensive approach to musicianship develops skills needed by all musicians: conducting, sight singing, melodic analysis, rhythmic performance and intonation&. The publication of Sight Singing and Rhythmic Reading will be a boon for the aural skills instructor who wants a resource that will help motivate and enable learners to become proficient in sight singing.  Dr. Kimberley Walls, Auburn University

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Foreword; Preface
Section One: Rhythmic Reading
· Suggestions for Performing Exercises; Rhythm Fundamentals; Conducting Patterns
· Simple Meters; Compound Meters; Simple Meters with Divisions through 16th Notes; Compound Meters with Divisions through 16th Notes; Simple and Compound Meters with Duplets, Triplets, Ties and Syncopation; Two-Hand Rhythms in Simple and Compound Time; Changing Meters; Less Common Meters; Asymmetrical Meters; Additional Changing Meters
Section Two: Sight Singing
· Suggestions for Performing Exercises; Solfege Syllables
· Pentatonic Melodies; Major Melodies; Minor Melodies; Chord Studies; Modes; Intervals; Echo Chains, Chord Progressions and Four-Part Singing
Appendixes: Body Rhythms; Conducting Exercises
Bibliography; Index

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