Benefits of the Study of Music
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!
Arizona Girlchoir Music Education
Music theory is study of the language and interpretation of music – how music works! We teach music theory so that our singers will understand the concepts needed to comprehend music. Our program is effective, fun, and provides easy instruction in general music theory, approaching the process from a singer’s perspective with specific instruction for key skills. Singers complete the online lessons at home, then attend class where they can ask questions and learn more. Singers may move through the music theory curriculum as quickly as they choose, and certain levels need to be completed to be promoted to the next choir ensemble.
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.
Arizona Girlchoir Homeschooled Singers
While the Arizona Girlchoir welcomes all singers, homeschooling girls generally make up one-third to one-half of our singers at any given time, and our staff is well-versed in serving the needs of our homeschooling population!
Our rigorous music education program meets all of the requirements of the Arizona Department of Education Academic Standards in the Arts: Music Standards for all grades from kindergarten through high school. We can provide a grade, course description, and credit documentation for any grade level, at your request. Of special interest to high schooled homeschoolers: our curriculum fulfills Arizona's Fine Arts requirement for your high school transcript. Every year that you sing with us may be counted as either a Fine Arts or elective credit, which is helpful since many colleges and universities require two or more Fine Arts credits.
Listen to Mike Farris of HSLDA interview Steven McCollum of Patrick Henry College about the benefits of choral education for homeschoolers!
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