In episode 25 of ChoralEd, Dr. Nathan Dame shares creative approaches to moveable-do sight-reading. When implementing moveable-do in the classroom, Dr. Dame encourages a sequential instructional approach that develops musicianship skills. For the beginning choir, this instructional sequence includes:
Step 1: Count Rhythms
Step 2: Figure out starting solfège based on the key signature
Step 3: Chant solfège in rhythm
Step 4: Establish the key (Do, Mi, So, Mi, Do, So, Do) to establish the tonal center
Step 5: Sing exercise
*Some directors implement an additional step between step four and five during which students audiate the exercise.
When working on rehearsal repertoire, the music is first learned on solfège. This instructional sequence includes:
Step 1: Provide students with a music cover sheet. This music cover sheet offers students basic information (challenging rhythmic motives, repetitive melodic patterns, musical form, historical background, etc.) that helps them successfully perform the musical work.
Step 2: Place name and folder number on the cover of the music
Step 3: Number measures
Step 4: Highlight your line
Step 5: Complete tasks deemed important for the work (circle dynamics, breath marks, etc.)
Step 6: Write in solfège
Step 7: Student leaders inspect the written solfège of their peers
Step 8: Chant solfège in rhythm
Step 9: Sing on solfège in sections
Step 10: Combine parts singing the music a cappella
Dr. Dame concludes episode 25 with a list of sight-reading games and activities that musically challenge students, increase interest, and enhance learning.
To watch ChoralEd, Episode 25 on YouTube click HERE.
To listen to ChoralEd, Episode 25 on Apple Podcasts click HERE.