The aim of this first sight-singing volume is to instil confidence in singers and to present a method of approaching all aspects of singing at sight.
The main rhythmic patterns of each example are presented along with the key and range of notes employed. Tonic and dominant notes are identified and semitones marked to help establish tonality.
This teacher and pupil-friendly approach is valuable to both singers and instrumentalists. The styles are recognisable to both pupil and teacher, with simple piano parts with chord indications. The progressive examples begin with just 3 or 4 notes and simple time values. For Grades 1 - 5.
Teachers are encouraged to create their own preliminary exercises to establish pulse and rhythms, tonality and intervals before a piece is attempted. In pieces where the accompaniment has a countermelody higher than the vocal line, it may be advantageous to omit this on the initial attempt and to re-instate it when the vocal line is established.
Many of the melodies follow familiar shapes and rhythms, and use sequences to aid recognition of these patterns. Singers are encouraged to observe how to obtain their starting note from the introduction and to note the help with their vocal line that can be found in the accompaniment.