In this episode you will learn the RESOURCES, RATIONALE, and ROUTINE of two amazing members of Choir Nation who have choirs that love to sight-sing and do it well! Join Chris Munce and Jon Duncan as they explain the whole process. This episode is sponsored by Sight Reading Factory (use promo code “NINJA” at checkout for 10 free student accounts).

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Show Notes:

  • Resources
    • Sight Reading Factory
      • Projected on screen, smart board, or smart wall
    • Patti DeWitt
      • Printable PDF sight singing examples
        • Very easy at the start and progresses to quite difficult
        • Unison, 2pt, 3pt, 4pt, SATB, SSA, TTBB
    • Octavos
    • Warm-ups
      • Section leaders instruct
      • Circles
      • “Let them tell you what they did wrong.”
  • Rationale
    • “You don’t have time to NOT sight-read every day.”
  • Routine
    • Every day
      • Beginning of class
      • After warm-ups
      • On solfege
      • With hand signs
      • Give DO
      • Sing tonic triad and tuning exercises (d,m,s,f,r,t,d,s,d)
      • Sing first pitch
      • Audiate the example together using hand signs
      • Sing first pitch again
      • Sing through with snapping metronome on solfege with hand signs
      • Have student correct errors
      • Run again
    • Test every child individually
      • 3 score choices
        • 50/50 = 2 (Best Score: totally independent sight-singing)
        • 30-49 = 1 (Needs teacher assistance)
        • 0-29 = 0 (Cannot replicate exercise at all)
    • One concert per year, sing in front of the audience

3 Key Takeaways:

  1. Sight-sing 5-10 minutes every rehearsal and build skills over time.
  2. Use tools like Sight Reading Factory to save time.
  3. Test every student individually using a simple scoring system.

Resources/links Mentioned:

Sponsored by: Sight Reading Factory (Use promo code “NINJA” at checkout for 10 free student accounts!)

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