Date: October 26, 2015
I have a student who doesn't seem to have any pitch memory. I have been working on ear training with her in class for two years now. She will sing a section of the song correctly one time, and be completely off the next. She doesn't stay within the key signature when singing accapella. I remember having a student with this issue when I first started at this position (15 years ago!). Because I was new, I tended to think she didn't have enough ear training, but, I am now seeing it in this 8th grade girl. She sings out, she has a beautiful tone,so, I don't think it is due to vocal production issues. The pitch moves too much, it isn't a matter of being a little flat or sharp, it is completely losing tonal center within one or two notes of singing it correctly. Even when we are working on a song she knows, her pitch varies significantly..... thoughts? suggestions? How can I help her? Even having someone next to her that is on pitch isn't working!
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