Presentation on theme: "Fundamental Music Literacy (Ear Training/Sight Singing) for the Secondary Choral Classroom Chamber Singers of York Comprehensive High School Phil Suggs,"— Presentation transcript:
Fundamental Music Literacy (Ear Training/Sight Singing) for the Secondary Choral Classroom Chamber Singers of York Comprehensive High School Phil Suggs, Director SCMEA Feb. 7, 2015
Everybody is a genius – but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid! -Albert Einstein
“Musical literacy is as universally possible as linguistic literacy and the development of such literacy is the obligation of the schools.” – Lois Choksy
Sing major and minor scales using VARIOUS rhythm patterns – especially numbers 4-11 on the simple meter list! This will help your singers get these rhythms in their ear. Sometimes use solfege hand signs – sometimes patsch!
Amateurs practice until they FINALLY get it right! Professionals practice until they CAN’T get it wrong!
All-State SR Examples Make singers aware of procedure/prompt Begin decoding pitch/rhythm immediately Once tonic triad is played – SING ALOUD! SING ALOUD during practice time! Know the line or space for “do” Hand sign or patsch!
Practice Strategies in Class Sing I, V, IV, V7, I Alternate Measures – 2 groups - Men/Women or ST/AB Alternate measures – 4 groups – SATB, ABST, TSBA, BTAS
Sing Only: Pitches in tonic (DMS) Pitches in dominant (STRF) Pitches in subdominant (FLD) Women sing tonic/Men sing dominant/audiate subdominant (FL) Create variations
Audiate certain rhythms: Sing all except half notes Only sing measures with dotted quarter/eighth Sing all EXCEPT beat 2 (or 1, 3, or 4) Snap on single eighth note (always on upbeat) Sing in RETROGRADE (creates some syncopation)
Coaching Tips for Auditions: Sing ALOUD during practice time Get all the way through during practice time (skip anything too difficult) Use a MODERATE and STEADY tempo Patsch or hand sign as needed DO NOT STOP during performance – don’t allow one pitch or rhythm derail
“Progressive Sight Singing” by Dr. Carol Krueger http://www.carolkruegermusic.com/ July 13-15 Literacy Workshop Stuart Cramer High School, Belmont, NC Bethany Jennings: firstname.lastname@example.org@gaston.k12.nc.us July 20-23 Literacy/Choral Workshop Meredith College, Raleigh, NC Jane Bruer: email@example.com Website: http://www.ncmusicworkshop.com