What You Will Learn
Step up your sight singing skills with the Sight Singing course.
The real challenge of sight singing is that it is a multi-tasking skill in that you are expected to read rhythm, pitch, words, expression, and possibly watch a conductor and sing alongside people singing a different part. This course breaks down the task into the essential constituent parts, taking you from the absolute beginnings of sight singing through to an advanced level. During the Sight Singing we'll cover...
- Rhythm & Timing - What do you need to know about time signatures? How do you know what a rhythm is meant to sound like? How do you count the beat accurately?
- Pitching Intervals - How do intervals work? Can you hear an interval in your head and sing it aloud just by looking at it? What about quickly spotting intervals in melodic lines?
- Singing Melody Lines - Can you pitch notes accurately? How do you look at a melody and hear it in your head? How do you read rhythm and pitch at the same time in either treble or bass clef?
- Keys & Modulations - How do you sight sing pieces in major and minor keys? What happens when a piece changes key? How does a theoretical knowledge aid this?
- Singing with an Accompaniment - Do you know when to come in? Are you confident at singing a melody with an accompaniment? Can you begin to read expressive detail too?
Loving all of the courses I've bought so far! I'm currently working through Sight Singing course and have found it immensely useful.
Who Is This Course For?
Amateur singers and members of a choir, vocal students and exam candidates.
Becoming a good sight singer and sight reader is an essential musical skill and is invaluable to exam candidates, members of choirs and solo singers alike. The Sight Singing course will enable you to understand confidently music from a theoretical point of view before putting that into practice and translating it into an aural setting. Put aside your sight singing worries and enroll today to become a confident reader.
Do any of these sound familiar?
"I'm a member of a choir and struggle to read music and sing it confidently..." "I wish I could pick up a piece of sheet music and sight sing it..." "I'd love to be able to look at a melody and hear it in my head…" "I'm taking an exam that involves a test of singing at sight..." "I'd just like to improve my ability to read music and pitch notes…"
Thank you so much for the uplifting videos! This was the section I used struggle the most in when I had my exam. Although I got a merit overall I failed in the aural testing portion. I wish I had received these videos sooner.
By the end of the Sight Singing course you'll be able to…
Hear in your head a melody that you are looking at
Combine more sophisticated pitch and rhythm when sight singing
Sight sing one part while another part is played
Calculate, read and hear melodic intervals
Sight sing in both major and minor keys and with melodies that include key changes
Fluently read melodic lines in either Treble or Bass clef in both Simple and Compound time
Thank you for making this so clear. It takes time to understand this and I feel that I am finally getting to grips with sight singing. You have a very calm presenting style.
What's Included with the Sight Singing Course?
You'll receive expert tuition, theoretical and practical with plenty of demonstrations and multiple tips and tricks.
This course is highly practical and offers numerous practice sight singing exercises on all the essential topics.
Below each video you are able to post comments and ask questions should you have any in regards to the course topics covered.
Easy to Follow Structure
The course is divided into multiple stages, breaking down each part separately before putting in all together.
Complete at Your Own Pace
You can easily fit the course around your regular commitments, completing it at your own pace and in your own time.
Your course never expires. Learn when and where you choose! Computer or mobile. Just get comfortable and dive in!
Hi, I’m Gareth and I'm passionate about developing ‘the all round musician’.
Nearly 35 years of music examining with ABRSM, work with the BBC on Radio and TV, experience on the international concert platform, as a published composer and arranger, have brought rich resources to the 40 years of teaching in which I've engaged.
Scholarships at The Royal College of Music, Oxford University and St. Paul’s Cathedral gave me fantastic opportunities to learn from the best musicians, scholars and teachers. Working as Director of Music at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School then provided a wonderful opportunity to develop my teaching skills.
Teaching individuals and groups of all ages, and at all stages of development have refined a teaching approach that I hope is fun and engaging, and focused on explaining things clearly and logically. And that is what these courses are all about - understanding the basic principles with clarity, then going deeper, applying them to your musical life and liberating yourself as a musician.
It’s a rich and amazing journey, and I can’t wait for you to join me today!
StartLesson 1 - Understanding Rhythm (19:10)
StartLesson 2 - Time Signatures (6:58)
StartLesson 3 - Reading Rhythms 1 (53:06)
StartLesson 4 - Reading Rhythms 2 (35:47)
PreviewLesson 5 - Reading Treble Clef (18:17)
StartLesson 6 - Reading Bass Clef (15:03)
StartLesson 7 - Reading a Melody (41:09)
StartLesson 8 - Combining Melody and Rhythm 1 (46:29)
StartLesson 9 - Combining Melody and Rhythm 2 (24:17)
StartLesson 1 - Simple & Compound Time (25:35)
StartLesson 2 - Rhythms in Simple Time (36:28)
StartLesson 3 - Rhythms in Compound Time (34:26)
PreviewLesson 4 - Reading Intervals (22:10)
StartLesson 5 - Hearing Intervals (38:37)
StartLesson 6 - Dealing with Melodic Lines (27:23)
StartLesson 7 - Combining Melody with Rhythm (51:39)
StartLesson 8 - Melodies in Minor Keys (53:22)
StartLesson 9 - Modulations (43:04)
StartLesson 10 - Sight Reading Two Parts (50:13)
Frequently Asked Questions
A Letter from Gareth Green
MA (Oxon), MA (Leeds), FRCO(CHM), FLCM, ARCM
During the past 45 years I’ve conducted many choirs, both professional and amateur. Of all the lovely people I’ve met, the vast majority have struggled with sight singing. Over many years in the exam room I’ve heard many singers with superb voices who have failed the sight singing components of the exam, and many confident instrumentalists for whom the sight singing component in the Aural Tests has been the weakest area. For many musicians, sight singing appears to be an impossible challenge but over the years I’ve conducted sight singing workshop days and seen how much progress can be made in a relatively short time, and I’ve taught people to sight sing in one to one lessons with a high level of success. This is what has inspired me to produce this online course in order to share all this experience with a wider audience.
In my experience it is the multi-tasking nature of sight singing that defeats most people. That’s why this course focuses on isolating the basic areas of rhythm and pitch then, once those skills have been honed, the two are put together. By the end of this course you will be equipped with sight singing skills that will serve you for life.
So don’t spend the rest of your life dreading sight singing. Join me on this course and transform your skills. It will make such a difference to your sight singing and musical confidence, and will speed up your learning considerably.
— Gareth Green, Music Matters