Sight Singing and Audiation
Date: January 8, 2016
Currently, I am working with our Chorus on sight singing melodies that involve skips between the pitches of the tonic triad. Some of our students have a difficult time being able to sing these skips because they are having a hard time finding the second pitch; for example, they might have do but cannot find sol. I am trying to find ways to help them better think / hear in their head the pitch before they sing. I have them echo pitch patterns I sing to get them used to hearing what the intervals sounds like. I also have them sing a major scale in two groups ... one group sings do, mi, sol, ti, and do while the other re, fa, and la so that way each group can get accustomed to hearing but not singing certain pitches. I have also done it where no-one sings re, fa, and la, just singing the skips. Today, I had them sing do, and then think re, mi, fa, sol, and then sing sol as a way to help them think of how to get there. This seemed to work. I am just wondering as I am only a second year teacher, are there any better ways to help students start to hear these intervals? I know there are songs for interval recognition out there such as thinking do to sol as the "Star Wars" melody, but does anyone have other exercises or methods that work?
Thank you for your help!
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