Sight Singing Procedure 2020

Remember all of the rules for melodic dictation? They are the same for Sightreading!

Remember (and these can be for EITHER example)

One in treble, one in bass.

One in a major key, one in minor (can use all 3 minors!)

One in 4/4 or 3/4, one in 6/8

The FINAL note is tonic. If 4/4=half note. If 3/4=dotted half. If 6/8=DOTTED quarter.

Opening melodic patterns:

1-2-3 1-3-5 1-7-1 1-3 1-2-7

Closing melodic patterns:

2-5-1 2-7-1 5-7-1 3-2-1-7-1 3-2-1 5-6-7-8 (frequent in melodic minor!!)


1 – SING THE TESSITURA of the exercise. TONIC – highest pitch in the melody – TONIC-lowest pitch in the melody. Make sure you’re singing the correct tonality ( major or minor )

2 – Sing through the exercise SLOWLY once. Quarter = 60-80. Figure out what you can’t sing and PLAY it for yourself on a piano or instrument. Use that instrument to teach yourself the melody. Watch your rhythm.

*if you’re going to use a transposing instrument to help you – you need to sing your scale in the key of your transposing instrument so your pitch matches the pitch of your instrument*

3 – GET WHAT YOU CAN. Be really good at 2 measures and GET THE FINAL NOTE even if you have to just hold a steady beat on the tonic to get there.

4 – When it is time to record, SING A MODERATELY SLOW tempo. Again, between 60-80. Neither Do not let a metronome or the pitched instrument be heard on your recording.