NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1052997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0190-4922
The Way We Do the Things We Do: A Survey of Middle-School Choral Educators' Sight-Singing Attitudes and Influences
Nichols, Bryan
Contributions to Music Education, v39 n1 p87-100 2012-1013
This study explored the rationale for sight-singing instructional choices of chorus teachers at the middle school level and sought to determine teachers' commitment to teaching music literacy. Three research questions formed the basis of the study: (1) what is the prevalence of sight-singing instruction in choral music classes, (2) what is the rationale for sight-singing instruction, (3) when do teachers first learn the sight-singing method they use. Members of a state music educators' association were asked to complete an online questionnaire. The majority of respondents self-reported the inclusion of sight-singing instruction for all their ensembles for a duration of five to fifteen minutes, which is similar to data previously reported in high school classrooms. When asked where they first learned the method they currently use, most teachers said that it was at the middle school level. The prevalence of this response indicates the life-long impression that early music learning may have on future music educators, though few specified their middle school teacher as an influence on their current methods selection. The data indicates that respondents employed a variety of methods, and that movable Solf├Ęge was the most frequently cited primary method. eachers' personal philosophies were determined to be more important than influences such as curriculum standards, festival requirements or previous methods professors.
Ohio Music Education Association. Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue MU332, Cleveland, OH 44115. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A