Sight Singing Instructions For Choir Directors and Choir Members

Dec 19, 2015 by

Choir Director Problems:

Are you happy with your ability to sight sing?
Are you happy with your choir member’s sight singing ability?
Can you hear what you see?
Can you see what you hear?
Does your choir have to learn everything, or at least the difficult parts, by having the pianist playing it for them?
Even though your choir sings in tune is there still something about their singing you can’t put your finger on?
Do you know what will make the difference between a choir performance that will bring a polite complement and one that people would be willing to pay you for?
Is your performance so good that people would buy a CD of it?
Are new members entering the choir without any training?
Does it bother choir members and audience that the music is not excellent?
Do the mistakes detract from worship?

Rewards for overcoming the problem:

Having a choir that can sight sing will increase the amount of repertoire you can perform.
Just think how much time you could save in rehearsals if your choir members could learn the music without having it played on the piano for them.
If your choir could look at the music and hear it in their inner hearing, like they hear when reading a book, you could sing a song for the first time and it would be close to being finished performance quality!
When your choir knows how to sing the high notes without straining they will move from sounding like amateurs to sounding like professionals.
Learning how to control the voice keeps the sound from getting harsh, pinched, or sound like shouting when the music is loud and high.
Think how much more enjoyable for everyone if it was sung correctly the first time through?
Starting a sight singing course to help new members get comfortable before entering the choir. An indigenous choir starts with a graded choir course.
It is fun to learn and to do something better then you thought you were able to do.

What are the consequences for NOT overcoming the problem?  
If you don’t start now, when will you?
If your choir doesn’t improve will they stay with you?
If you don’t improve your quality of sound you could loose your audience.
Continuing to teach by rote from the piano can become boring and discouraging to your choir members who are more accomplished.
Is the Lord magnified?

The way to overcoming the problem:  
There are several ways one could implement or introduce sight singing to your choir.
Spend 5 minutes at the beginning of each rehearsal teaching sight singing
Have an extra class, like a Sunday school class for intense study
Have one or two day seminar
Go on a weekend retreat
You could encourage your choir members to take private lessons.

Victor King holds a B.S. in Bible and a B.Mus. from Philadelphia College of Bible and has studied conducting at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and The Kodaly Musical Training Institute. Victor has personally studied with Betty Bertaux of the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, has twelve plus years of teaching experience and is an expert at teaching people sight reading music singing. Through a variety of media including online video tutorials, live webinars, telesinginars and live web cam he seeks to further the kingdom of God by promoting good Christian music and encouraging Christians to sing His praises. To sign up for a five part mini course on musical literacy go to singing instruction.

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