This series contains 80 exercises to practice sight singing, beginning with a simple sol-mi section and progressing up to extended pentatonic (from low sol to la). It is great for an elementary choir or even a higher level choir looking to hone their sight singing skills. It could even be displayed on a SMARTboard or other interactive whiteboard for use in an elementary general music class.
A second version of the PDF has been added, which lists the starting syllable of each exercise underneath the first note. I personally prefer to have my students figure out the first note by looking at the entire exercise before we sing, but some may prefer to have it in there to speed things up. Thanks for your input!
A little background:
After countless hours scouring the local sheet music store, I became discouraged at what I was (or more appropriately, wasn’t) able to find for my new 4th and 5th grade choir. I wanted something that more closely followed the progression commonly used by Kodaly-based music teachers with a moveable do.
It is divided into the following sections:
1) m s
2) m s l
3) d r m s l
4) s, l, d r m s l
Every section of this series includes the following, in this order:
1) Piano diagram labeled with known and new notes
2) Melodic contour exercises using known and new pitches off of the staff
3) Melodic exercises using stick notation
4) Melodic exercises using only the necessary number of staff lines (this step is omitted in sections exceeding an octave range)
5) Melodic exercises for students to write in solfa syllables before singing on the 5-line staff
6) Melodic exercises using the entire 5-line staff
7) A short exercise that can be sung as a round
There are even a few "Name That Tune" exercises that imitate either folk songs or pop music to help turn a sometimes grueling task (practicing sight singing) into a lot of fun! =)
Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
Why didn't the ti go to jail?
... because he always follows the la! HA!!