Sight-Singing Practice Resources

Why practice sight-singing?

Perhaps you’ve set a goal to make it to District or Regional Chorus this year–or to join Select Choir or Touring Ensemble next year. Perhaps you just haven’t had enough experience reading music to feel comfortable navigating a choral score.  Perhaps you simply want to push yourself to improve your skills as a musician. All of us, always, can become better at music reading and sight-singing through practice, practice, practice!

Here are just a few resources to help you improve your musicianship. These resources will help you with nearly any musical activity. Fun!

1. Basics of Music Notation

Ricci Adams’ musictheory.net
Basics of reading music, with exercises, quizzes, etc. Very helpful!

Teoria
Another great site, chock full of info. Also includes ear-training exercises.

Sonicfit
Very useful games, exercises, and videos explaining and reinforcing important music concepts.

Method Behind the Music
Basic music notation info and concepts.

2. Ear Training

Well-sequenced exercises from Berklee College of Music Ear Training Courses

Super-Fun Ear Training Games

Good Ear

The Music Intervals Tutor  (Training to hear intervals includes visual reinforcement, with notation on the staff.)

3. Sight-Singing Exercises

*Don’t have a piano at home? Use this Flash piano.  Or this Virtual Keyboard. Or use one of many free apps for your smartphone.

The Sight Reading Project

Sight-Reading Factory

Bruce Phelps’ Eyes and Ears: An Anthology of Melodies for Sight-Singing 

Companion Website for Carol Krueger’s Progressive Sight-Singing: very helpful patterns to practice

Dannhauser’s Solfege Books (old, but very comprehensive: beginning level, moving quickly to very advanced)

Volume 1  

Volume 2    (even more challenging)

Volume 3    (darn advanced stuff)

Have fun!

And don’t hesitate to ask Ms. Hutton or a classmate for more guidance anytime.

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2 comments so far

  1. Joel Green on

    Hi. I’m a choir director at a middle and high school teaching 7 choirs. Is there an app for the iPad with this? I’d like to project exercises to my apple tv.

  2. cheltenhamchoirs on

    Hi Joel, I wish I knew! I don’t have access to an iPad or Apple TV. I know there are some sight-singing apps, but since I can’t project them, I haven’t really investigated them in depth. For what it’s worth, I really like a software program by Bruce Phelps called Audiation Assistant. The interface and set-up are a little old-school, but the content is very practical and applicable for ear training and sight-singing. I’ve also gotten great sequential sight-singing materials in print form from Patti Dewitt. She sends them in pdf form, and they can be projected. Sorry I can’t answer your question more directly! Best of luck!
    -Jenny Hutton


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