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Music for Sight Singing (7th Edition) [Unabridged] [Spiral-bound]

Robert W. Ottman , Nancy Rogers
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August 31, 2006 0131872346 978-0131872349 7

Using an abundance of meticulously organized melodies drawn from the literature of composed music and a wide range of the world’s folk music, Ottman and Rogers provide the most engaging and comprehensive Sight Singing text on the market. Arranging its 21 chapters to study both pitch and rhythm, this book presents melodies and over 1200 exercises that enable readers to develop the skills of reading pitch, reading rhythm, and combining these two essential elements. The Seventh Edition contains 30% more rhythmic exercises and new structured improvisation exercises.  For professionals with a career in music, music education, and composition.



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Ottman blends step-by-step guidance with frequent practice to cultivate an understanding of and the skills for sight singing--the ability to hear mentally a piece of printed music without using an instrument. The Fourth Edition provides a finely organized collection of melodies taken from music literature mostly ranging from fundamental works of the past to representative excerpts taken from recent twentieth-century music. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Key Benefit: Ottman blends step-by-step guidance with frequent practice to cultivate an understanding of and the skills for sight singing—the ability to hear mentally a piece of printed music without using an instrument. Key Topics: The Fourth Edition provides a finely organized collection of melodies ranging from fundamental works of the past to difficult excerpts taken from recent twentieth-century music. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (August 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131872346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131872349
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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Typically, music students resist their music theory courses and enjoy the sight singing exercises associated with them even less. My experience as a student and as a teacher leads me to believe that this is usually because by the time the students first get around to learning this skill, they are already confident musicians on their instruments or have learned to sing some other way. To have to learn a new skill from scratch is disturbing and seems unnecessary to them. However, learning to sight sing brings many benefits.

Singing music helps one internalize the music more fully. One also develops a greater confidence with pitch than having it done in an instrument. It also helps one learn to sing through one's instrument - that is, to play even more musically. And by developing strategies to sing chromatic music, one has to think through the relationships within the piece. Once the skills are more fully developed, one can learn to come to terms with a new piece of music quite quickly. Therefore, one becomes not only more professional, the whole of one's musical experience deepens.

We used the second edition of Ottman's book when I was an undergrad in music in the late seventies and early eighties. This seventh edition is a much richer and more useable book. There are more than a thousand melodies, all nicely arranged to teach something specific. They are actual melodies from the literature rather than some abstract theoretical nothing. And there are lots of rhythmic exercises, so the student can gain skills in becoming more precise in rhythm and especially in rests (you know, letting the silence be silent). A new chapter with melodies from the 20th century is also a nice addition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great educational material! April 30, 2007
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This is a wonderful compilation of singable melodies from the folk and art music repertoires. Singing these melodies is far more appealing than just reading through purely made up solfege excercises. Each chapter contains melodies which are progressively harder and will help you, with practice and patience, to become a good sight reader, a skill any choral singer, composer, and musician in general should have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Music for Sight Singing" March 15, 2010
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A straightforward approach to learning sight singing and solfege. The book's approach is to instruct the student on the task of each chapter and then pound the student with exercises, which make up the bulk of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars learning to sight sing May 30, 2012
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I'm sure this product is better in later editions. But this edition is good enough, and it's much less expensive than the latest edition. Its great value is that it takes the student forward in small increments. Anyone who wants to learn the subject can do so by using it. I give it the highest rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a very popular spiral book that major music ... February 9, 2015
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This is a very popular spiral book that major music school uses. It is more tailored to music student and pianist who can play the given music arrangement in gaining the insight into sight singing, not for beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Skill Building! February 12, 2014
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This is a great product for building sight singing skills. As an instrumentalist, it has helped me immensely with the aural and oral aspects of music theory.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More used than indicated. February 1, 2015
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This book was more used than I would have liked, but it's a helpful tool for my sight-singing students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars February 18, 2015
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Excellent source for sight-singing examples.
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