Through the years we have developed an effective curriculum for teaching students to read music by sight. This not only allows one to sing a yet-unknown song, but also to sing harmony parts as composed by the song’s writer. Sight Reading is an invaluable skill.
At The Singing School, we teach our students to read music using SHAPE NOTES. In just two short hours, students learn how to sight read simple melodies and harmony parts. Each year the curriculum calls for 7½ hours of time in the sight reading classroom. Many of our students call sight reading their favorite class, because of the enjoyable and accessible way it’s taught.
These lessons are most effective when practiced throughout the year. In the past few years, our students have requested handouts of our visuals so that they can work on these concepts between summers at Abilene. Here are some of our most-used visuals and exercises:
Click here to DOWNLOAD a set of Sight Reading Slides.
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I have a music degree from a 4-year college and thought I knew everything I needed to know about singing and writing music. Guess what!!! Didn’t know as much as I thought I did. Learned tons of new stuff. They attract some of the best teachers in their field!! Well worth your time!! Aneva P.
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“So today I was able to song lead in Ladies’ Chapel! I am proud to say that I did the time signature and was on pitch! … I got a lot of compliments and it made me really happy! So glad that I was able to go to this school and learn what I did!” Alejandra G., Lubbock, Texas
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