Music Literacy Education

Music literacy is study of the language and interpretation of music – how music works! We teach music literacy so that our singers will understand the concepts needed to comprehend music. Cost of weekly instruction is included in our normal tuition.

 

Our program is effective and fun and provides easy instruction in general music theory, approaching the process from a singer’s perspective with specific instruction for key skills.

Here Ms. Karli instructs singers in solfege, a system of hand symbols representing the different pitches in a tonal scale. Solfege hand signs provide a physical association of pitch to help connect inner hearing and reading of pitch with musical performance. 

AZGC solfege
Sight Singing | Arizona Girlchoir

Sight-singing refers to the ability to produce accurate vocal music on first sight of a new written musical selection; in other words, the ability to read new sheet music without having studied it before. The ability to read notes on a page is a prerequisite for an exceptional musical performance, and the more comfortable a singer is with reading music, the more attention she will have to devote to interpretation, phrasing, and fluency of singing. Being able to read a piece of music and sing it at first sight will inspire the singer’s confidence and free her from the drilling of parts and rote learning to being able sing with ease. Sight-singing is seldom taught; as a result many singers do not sight-sing well. We believe in the importance of sight-singing and are proud to teach it as a part of our curriculum with a program that can be tailored to any singer’s level of study.

Ear training begins with pitch matching, the relatively simple process of hearing a tone and matching its pitch with the voice. Beyond that beginning skill, ear training is the process building a bridge between the written language of music – the notes, intervals, chords, scales, harmony, etc, learned in music theory – with the sounds we hear. Advanced ear training enables better singing and playing of instruments, by enabling the singer or musician to understand the music and to anticipate the musical structures.

Ear Training | Arizona Girlchoir

Benefits of Music Study

Music study improves SAT scores

Numerous studies show that study of music and the arts aids in the development of more active community members and even has a significant impact on improving overall academic performance. According to the National Association for Music Education, the study and practice of music helps develop language, reasoning, and memory skills and leads to better emotional development … and better SAT scores! Hand-eye coordination, spatial intelligence, creative thinking, and teamwork also show marked improvement!