Euna P. KimFollow




School of Music


Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)


Mindy Damon


Sight-singing, Ear-training


Education | Music | Music Education


High school chorus students are often required to sing and memorize a diverse range of choral repertoire for performances. In the process of performance preparation, students learn many techniques including basic breathing, vocalization, blending of the voice, singing in pitch, keeping the rhythm, and following dynamics. Sight-singing is an essential technique for singers because music requires coordination of sight and singing through recognition of notation and rhythm. When a group of singers have a higher skill level of sight-singing, the learning of the song is easier and more efficient. The competency of sight-singing level of a group of singers allows more focus on the musical and expressive aspect of the piece during rehearsals. Consequently, singers become more “fluent” in music as they develop their sight-singing technique. Thus, sight-singing can be important for the secondary school chorus. The praxial approach of sight-singing and ear-training make a significant influence on the secondary school’s choral music for the musical independency. More widespread usage of praxial approach in sight-singing and ear-training would likely contribute to students’ enjoyment in chorus program and expand opportunity of performance. A successful implementation of the research-based sight-singing and ear-training in secondary school chorus may help students become better musicians.