Volume 2(1)

Demorest, S. M. (2004). Choral sight-singing practices: Revisiting a web-based survey. International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, 2 (1), 3-10.

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The survey reported here was originally created for the book Building Choral Excellence: Teaching Sight-singing in the Choral Rehearsal. However, that book presented results in a limited form from a smaller sample of participants. This report includes responses from an additional 94 participants, limits the sample to only middle and high school choral directors, and presents the findings in much more detail. The survey asked choral directors who were active sight-singing teachers to identify how much time they spend teaching sight-singing, the methods or materials they prefer, and how they assess student progress. Results indicated some significant differences based on whether or not sight-singing was a part of contest participation, preferences for certain pitch and rhythm reading systems, and a varied approach to assessment. Such findings could help beginning teachers decide how to organize their curriculum and might guide decisions by state organizations regarding the role of music reading in contest and all-state events.



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Choral Sight-Singing Practices:
Revisiting a Web-Based Survey
--An IJRCS Forum Spotlight Article

Select Acoustic and Perceptual Measures of Choral Formation

The Effect of Various Left-hand Conducting Gestures on Perceptions of Anticipated Vocal Tension in Singers

Update on Community Choir Singing in the United States

An Historical View of Barbership Music and the Sight-Reading Methodology and Learning Practices of Early Championship Barbershop Quartet Singings, 1939-1963


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