Sight-Singing and Ear Training

Looking to learn pieces more quickly, read music better, and sing more accurately? Here’s are some ways to accomplish those goals.

Why practice sight-singing?

Perhaps you’ve set a goal to make it to PMEA’s District, Regional, or All-State 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. Plus customizable simple and advanced sight-reading exercises.

Rhythms and Counting
An interactive site that will help improve your rhythm skills and understanding.

Method Behind the Music
More basic music notation info and concepts.

2. Ear Training

 Pitch Improver Ear-Training Exercises using piano keyboard

3. Rhythm Reading

RhythmLab App

Rhythm Sight-Reading Trainer App

4. Sight-Singing Exercises

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

The Sight Reading Project

Sight-Reading Factory (free demo)

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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