Reading the Road Map HOW TO BECOME A BETTER SIGHT-SINGER

Sight-singing is one of the most crucial skills for a vocalist, or any musician, to develop. The stronger your sight-singing skills, the sooner you learn the notes and can start creating the music.

Consider the following Kansas College and Career Ready Standard for Music Ensembles:

Pr.5.N.a - Demonstrate attention to technical accuracy and expressive qualities in prepared and improvised performances of a varied repertoire of music.

To work toward achieving mastery of this standard, we will be honing in on our sight-singing skills by implementing a widely used and highly effective approach.

After exploring these methods and utilizing them in the later-provided practice exercises worksheets, you should be able to efficiently sight-sing any given sight-singing exercises in a major key with relative proficiency. In two weeks, there will be a sight-singing exam in class. The rubric for this exam is located in a link at the bottom of the page.

C Major Scale

Learning to Recognize Intervals

In beginning the process to efficient sight-singing, you need to understand how a major scale is developed. In traditional scales, there are half-steps and whole-steps. The series of steps that make up the major scale is as follows: whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half (WWHWWWH). To make sense of what half-steps and whole-steps sound like, as well as other intervals, click the link below. The popular song examples provided will help you to make sense of what each interval sounds like.

RECOGNIZING INTERVALS

Solfège

One of the most effective sight-singing tools for any musician is solfège. Solfège is a vocalization technique that is paired with hand-symbols designed to provide an aural, visual, and kinesthetic approach. The following video will teach you how to sing a major scale using solfège:

Practice Resources

Now that you have been introduced to the concepts of intervals and solfège, it is time to put these two concepts together and begin practicing your sight-singing skills. The video and buttons below will be great practice resources for you. Keep in mind, learning to sight-sing is not a skill you can master overnight. Your success is determined by how much effort you put in.

So...get practicing!

Exam Rubric

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