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
Hand signs are the kinesthetic connection!
Echo patterns/Pitch Drills Major scale/extended/various rhythms Trichord scale (sequences) Skips of a 3 rd Combine Trichord/Skips of 3 rd Additive Scale (canon/deletion) Internal Intervals DRMF I’m So Tired
Drill in minor (“La” based) 3 scales (in canon) LTDR I’m So Tired
Feeder Programs determine success of high school program! Introduction in Elementary Curriculum Implementation in Middle School choral program!
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
Teaching Repertoire/Preparing for State Festival SR: Use Solfege/Takadimi Key signatures Sequences Suspensions/Dissonance/Resolution Key Changes Form
SR Resources Masterworks Press Online resources: Sight Reading Factory
“Progressive Sight Singing” by Dr. Carol Krueger July Literacy Workshop Stuart Cramer High School, Belmont, NC Bethany Jennings: July Literacy/Choral Workshop Meredith College, Raleigh, NC Jane Bruer: Website: