You should begin with just two notes, the default setting of this exercise. Call the lower note ‘DO’ and the higher note ‘RE’. Initially, practice singing the notes while keeping a stead tempo. If using the ‘count off’ button, then start right away with my daughter saying ‘one’.
For added challenge, you can try some of the following:
Connect the notes that are slured together.
practice batching each measure and looking ahead: dont start singing until after the ‘1, 2, 3, 4’ count off, so that the measure you are singing is the one covered up.
Change setting number of notes to 3: these will be ‘LA’ for the lowest note, ‘DO’ for the middle note, and ‘RE’ for the highest note.
Simple Sight Reading
Sight Singing is the ability to sing musical notation without the aid of an instrument. To develop this skill, begin by combining very simple pitch and rhythm elements while maintaining a steady beat. This simple sight reading generator creates 8 measures of common time using only two pitches and two note values. There is a setting option to add a third pitch when you are ready. While the pitches displayed are A, G, and E, you may use any pitches that fit the range of your singing. Zoltán Kodály’s exercises of this nature are intended to be sung on the pitches La, Sol, Mi which you can read about here.
Like Kodály’s exercise’s, these include slurs to encourages musicality even in the most rudimentary melodies. This added element might be difficult for some students, in which case, they may ignore the slurs initially. Stronger students should be encouraged to honor the slurs, allowing a classroom to have differentiated instruction even when working on the same material.
There is also a button to count off a tempo and cover each measure prior to singing it. This encourages singers to look ahead and batch 2-4 symbols at a time and process that information as one batched thing rather than several individual things.
At SonicFit, we advocate the use of solfege for sight reading. Applying solfege syllables to each note of the scale helps to develop scale degree aural comprehension and facility. Scale Degree Ear Training and Scale Degree Notation are the corner-stone exercises of SonicFit’s pedagogy. To develop aural skills, you should include those exercises in addition to the above sight reading practice. To find out more about SonicFit’s Pedigogical Approach go here.