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Building Choral Excellence
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Designed for both the practicing choral director and the choral methods student, this is a compact and comprehensive overview of the many teaching methods, strategies, materials, and assessments available for choral sight-singing instruction. Sight-singing is an important, if sometimes neglected, facet of choral music education that often inspires fear and uncertainty in student and teacher alike. Written in an accessible style, this book takes the mystery out of teaching music reading. Topics covered include the history of sight-singing pedagogy and research, prominent methods and materials, and practical strategies for teaching and assessment. This is the only book to provide such a wealth of information under one cover and will become an essential part of every choral conductor's library.
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Dr. Steven M. Demorest is Associate Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Washington and music director of the Northwest Chamber Chorus, a select 45-voice mixed ensemble. He is the author of numerous articles on choral music pedagogy and research for the Choral Journal, Music Educators Journal, and the Journal of Research in Music Education.

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"Successful sight-singing instruction is perhaps a harbinger of choral success Building Choral Excellence will help the teaching and learning of sight-singing.Great ideas that stand the rigors of research are often left to research journals that ensemble directors and studio teachers rarely read. When an established researcher like Steven Demorest produces a book like Building Choral Excellence, designed to implement research finding into pedagogical practice, then we as a profession should embrace these efforts through purchase and use." -Choral Journal

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