Excerpt from Introductory Sight-Singing Melodies
The aim of this Course is to develop in the pupil an intelligent appreciation and enjoy ment of good music, a musical and expressive voice, the ability to read music at sight, and the power of musical interpretation.
To inspire love of good music. To appreciate the power and beauty of music, the pupil must become familiar with well-written music of various kinds in selections that shall be interesting from his own point of view as well as admirable from that of the critical musician. By familiar associatlon with such music and wisely directed study of it the pupil's taste is cultivated and a love of good music is fostered. With this in view the Course provides a great variety of selections culled from the best available sources.
To develop a musical voice. The proper treatment of the child voice is of great im portance, and has received the utmost attention in these books. No 'elaborate scheme of voice culture is desirable or practicable in the elementary schools but, beginning with the cultivation of the head-tone quality of the child voice through the descending scale, the few simple vital principles which induce breath control, proper tone direction, voice quality, and enunciation are presented in specific voice drills and underlie the material of the entire Course.
In each grade all selections are so placed in pitch and range as to conserve and foster the pupil's voice at that stage of his development. The aim is to establish early and thor oughly a correct use of the voice, in order that the vocal poise shall not be lost when the attention is given to the intellectual demands of sight singing.
To teach sight singing. Sight singing is the process of determining by an act of reasoning the meaning of signs in musical notation, and singing accordingly. When rightly taught, it furnishes the very essence of intellectual training and deserves to rank with any other disciplinary study.
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