Sight Reading in Middle School...Is It Possible?
Date: March 14, 2011
I will graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (choral/general concentration) in May, and I am student teaching at a middle school (my most preferred age group). The students are rely heavily on the piano, and I am required to plunk out all of their notes when teaching them their repertoire. At my current placement, the minute I take piano away from them, they begin to sing timidly with low confidence and poor technique.
While I respect my co-op's program and teaching process, I'm wondering when I get my own choir if it is possible to get the students reading their music, so I can spend less time at the piano and more time in front of the students.
To you current middle school teachers, how successful is a capella singing with middle school age students. How much success have you had with teaching middle school students to sight read their repertoire, what music literacy methods have you used?
Any thoughts? Advice?
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