MUSIC FOR SIGHT SINGING presents music that is challenging, yet not overwhelming. Drawing on their own extensive experience as composers and arrangers who adapt music for their own students, the authors have struck a balance between rigor and accessibility.
Benjamin (Peabody Conservatory), Michael Horvit, and Robert Nelson (both of whom are associated with the Moores School of Music) present primarily newly written exercises and melodies that are graded and cumulative and that isolate the particular musical devices under study. Each aspect of music reading is presented in a specific set of exercises wherein problems of rhythm, meter and pitch are dealt with separately and then together. The melodies and part music are appropriately edited with tempo designations, dynamics, and articulations to encourage the student to deal with all aspects of musical notation while sight singing. The 27 chapters discuss diatonic, chromatic, and 20th century techniques. Wire spiral binding. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)