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Sight-singing exercises for two-part choirs vol. 1A - quarters, halves, wholes

By Nicholas Palmer

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Choir, SA, TB - Easy/Beginner - Digital Download
Composed by Nicholas Palmer. Method, Classroom, General Instructional. Score. 24 pages. Published by Nicholas Palmer Music (S0.350529).

Item Number: S0.350529

The purpose of this series of sight-singing exercise books is to give choir directors supplemental materials with which to strengthen the reading skills of singers.

These exercises may be used in a variety of ways, starting with unison choir, then two part, then switching parts, etc… to maximize the exercises’ content. No texts are provided, so that the singers may use neutral syllables to focus on tone, or solfege, numbers, or rhythm syllables, depending on the system the teacher uses.

This volume contains the first 10 exercises of “Volume 1”, and then 10 more exercises that use only longer note values. Since Volume 1 also covers eighth note and sixteenth note rhythms and some compound meters, I decided to provide a volume with only the longer note values and then restructure the collection in the following way: in each series of volumes, A includes only longer note values, B introduces eighths and sixteenths, C introduces compound meter, and D introduces melodic minor.

Volume 1 (ABCD)- Diatonic Seconds
Volume 2 (ABCD) - Diatonic Thirds
Volume 3 (ABCD) - 1-5-1, octave leaps
Volume 4 (ABCD) - Fourths
Volume 5 (ABCD) - Fifths
Volume 6 (ABCD) - Sixths
Volume 7 (ABCD) - Sevenths
Volume 8 (ABCD) - Chromatic intervals

In general, the exercises give some direction for articulation, dynamics, and tempo.  Though these are optional, the more notation detail the singers pay attention to, the greater their skill will be in reading all the notation on the page.  In some cases, vagueness in these instructions leaves opportunities for singers to decide how to articulate, what tempo might be appropriate, and how loud or soft to sing.

If you discover any errors, please notify me, and then give your singers a chance to figure out what the error is!


Nick Palmer


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