According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, ‘sight singing’ is defined as "the singing of a piece of written music at sight." In this class, through a series of building blocks that include solfege, ear training, rhythm training, and interval singing, you will develop the skills not only for being able to sing in a choir or any singing group that uses music, but for instrumental playing as well. It will also be helpful for learning music by ear. This is not a class about vocal technique and it is not necessary to have a beautiful, well-trained singing voice to attend! All croaking frogs are welcome, as long as the croaking is in tune 🙂
A willingness to learn and participate! You will get the most out of this class if you practice the skills during the week between each class too – a very small time commitment.
There will be pdf files to download and print. You will need a sharpened #2 pencil with a good eraser. It is suggested that you keep the downloaded materials in a 3-ring binder. More info. on this TBA.
Do I need to know how to read music for this class?
Absolutely not!! You will learn how to read music in this course. This is also a good review for those who "used to read music" and want to revive or improve their skills.
How much time should I practice between lessons?
As little as 5 min. per day – especially at first – will be effective in developing your abilities. If you have a busy schedule, you can, for example, practice an assignment while microwaving your lunch 🙂 As we cover more advanced content, slightly more time for practice will be recommended — you can, for example, practice while microwaving your dinner 🙂
What will I be able to do by the end of this course?
Ideally, if you keep up with the material and practice assignments, you should be able to sight read a very simple lead sheet, hymn or anthem in at least 3 different keys (don’t worry if you don’t know what that means yet). You will have the ability to figure out slightly more difficult parts, perhaps not in real time, but with practice.