2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Improving Sight-singing Accuracy with a Preparation Period and Tonicization


Joshua E. Warren♦
Dr. Jay Bulen and Dr. Mark Jennings, Faculty Mentors

Sight-singing is an important skill for musicians. In public school vocal music programs, sight-singing should be a central part of the curriculum. Improvements in sight-singing allow for more class time to be devoted to vocal development, literature, and other music skills, which increase an individual’s performance ability. In this study, I examined the strategies that have been demonstrated in research to enhance sight-singing performance. Two specific interventions (a thirty second preparation period and tonicization of the key) were found to consistently lead to success. I discuss the strategies and these interventions, their applications to the choral setting, and develop a course of action that can be implemented in order to allow students to experience success in this area.

Keywords: Music, Sight-singing, Tonicization, Musicianship, Teaching sight-singing, Learning music

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 214-4
Location: OP 2210
Time: 10:15

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