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Music Theory for Singers is geared specifically for voice students and singers. This book was written to help students understand the fundamentals of theory related to voice, apply it to the varied repertoire they learn throughout the year and become not only better singers, but also educated musicians.
Chapter 1: Singing on the Staff
Chapter 2: Notes, Rests & Time Signatures
Chapter 3: Notation
Chapter 4: Slurs, Ties, Articulations & Accidentals
Chapter 5: Major Scales, Key Signatures & Circle of 5ths
Review: Chapters 1-5
Chapter 6: Minor Scales & Key Signatures
Chapter 7: Intervals
Chapter 8: Transposition & Modulation
Chapter 9: Vocal Harmony
Review: Chapters 6-9
Chapter 10: Primary & Secondary Triads
Chapter 11: Chord Progressions, Charts & Lead Sheets
Chapter 12: Ornaments, Vocal Embellishments
Chapter 13: Blues, Chromatic & Whole Tone Scales
Review: Chapters 10-13
Chapter 14: IPA & Foreign Language Diction
Chapter 15: Musical Terms
Chapter 16: Spotlight on Composers
Chapter 17: Harmonic Analysis
Final Review Test
Answers: Chapter & Final Review Tests
I have been using Sarah Sandvig's Music Theory for Singers in my private studio for several years. The books are specifically designed for singers, and the systematic and progressive approach is beneficial for all levels of study. Whether students are preparing for Certificate of Merit® evaluations, choir auditions, college placement exams, or simply want to improve their knowledge of music, this series is comprehensive, thorough, and easy to follow. Students will study universal music theory, terminology, music history, sight-singing, Solfege, and foreign language diction. I am grateful this series is available for my students, and from a teacher's perspective, I find it so rewarding to watch them gain understanding and appreciation for this wonderful language we call...music!
Voice and Piano Teacher, Music Teacher's Association of California, Santa Barbara
Certified Adjudicator for Certificate of Merit® in Voice and Piano
Music Educator with the Santa Barbara Vocal Jazz Foundation / Lobero Theatre Foundation
I am beginning my first semester as a BFA Musical Theatre Major at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. I used Sarah's theory books throughout high school from levels 5 through 10, and they have prepared me immensely for this first semester - and beyond. For example, I recently went through a music theory and sight singing placement test: I was so amazed how comfortable I felt with both the written and singing portions. It was everything I had already learned from these theory books - key signatures, scales, rhythm, solfege, and more. In addition, I became so familiar with the fundamentals of music and a piano keyboard (even through utilizing the vocal theory books) I was able to test out of a whole year of beginner piano. All of this creates the possibility for me to move on to higher levels and be more challenged than if I had to start from the basics. Not to mention all of the composers and terms that are necessary knowledge to be successful in professional music classes and settings. It feels good to know that if I am ever unsure about what I am learning in class, my theory books are right there on the bookshelf to help me out.
Musical Theatre Major
In Sarah Sandvig's Music Theory for Singers, singers, voice students and their teachers finally have a singer-friendly primer for basic musicianship and music theory that is directly applicable to voice training. Mrs. Sandvig has capitalized on her experience as a successful private voice teacher to create these comprehensive workbooks which, in clear, concise language, lay out easy-to-follow lesson plans progressing from basic through intermediate skills. Music Theory for Singers is equally applicable in a college classroom setting as in the private studio, and voice teachers will especially appreciate the inclusion of international musical terminology which their students are likely to encounter in vocal repertoire. For teens studying voice for the first time as well as for life-long adult singers, Music Theory for Singers will become a valued adjunct to any level of vocal study.
Metropolitan Opera soloist and Prize-winning International recording artist
Professor and Chair, Division of Voice Studies UCLA
Sarah Sandvig’s theory and digital sight singing books, although written for singers, prove helpful not only in my children’s choir but also in my piano and guitar studio. I am constantly searching for a painless, but comprehensive way to teach music theory, note recognition, sight -reading, rhythm and all the other dynamics of music. Sarah has sequentially placed the basic stepping-stones to music’s foundation in her theory books. I use her digital sight singing exercises to reinforce rhythm, melody and interval training with my piano and guitar students. The beauty of the digital program is the instant feedback. Students can check their rhythm, melody line, etc. by the push of a button. I find myself referring to Sarah’s conscientious series of books and digital exercises daily. It is always nice to know where to find reinforcement and a wealth of activities to motivate, activate and educate your students. Sarah’s work has become a welcome and permanent part of my studio.
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