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As a candidate for the Master of Music degree at Temple University I was offered a full teaching assistantship by the Aural Theory department, meaning my tuition was free plus I was paid a stipend. My responsibility was to teach the Friday labs and offer individual tutoring sessions for any students who requested help. My work covered all four of the ear training course levels, and dealt with Solfeggio using the system of "moveable DO", applying that system to the singing of melody lines, bass lines, and arpeggiating Roman Numeral chord progressions, first in one key and then with modulations, which obviously means that a basic understanding of theory and harmony was also involved. I was so successful that immediately after graduation I was hired to teach both summer sessions of the various levels offered, and I created much of my own materials. As a working professional singer, ear training is an ongoing skill which improves as one continually has to learn new repertoire, whether in a choir or as a soloist.
Sight singing is the ability to accurately render vocally a melody which is unfamiliar. This is a skill which truly shows the mark of a superior musician, since it means that person will be able to learn their music much faster than someone who needs things played for them multiple times so they can, in effect, memorize the music. The fundamentals are a knowledge of basic rhythms as well as harmony and theory, along with recognizing intervals and being able to sing the pitches accurately (commonly known as ear training (!), which is why the two are really taught as one). The usual first step for this skill is with the use of Solfeggio (the syllables do,re,mi,fa,sol,la,ti and the syllables for the various sharps and flats). As skills improve, this 'crutch' can be taken away, but is always there to use as a learning aid. Imagine not having the ability to play the piano, but wanting to learn a piece of music. With enough work in ear training and sight-reading, this is definitely possible.
I am a soprano and have Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Voice from Temple University. But that shouldn't impress you.... What should is what happened after I graduated! I have had an active international career as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician, performing in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Turkey and the Middle East. My recitals have been recorded for broadcast in the US, Canada and Germany. I have 8 CDs to my name, many of which have received extensive critical praise, especially those which dealt with a rather unknown type of music which I spent several years researching, and one called "Serious Fun!", which I like to describe as a musical essay on the art of the comic song. I've been part of many well-known chamber music festivals, and I've spent time on many college campuses as an Artist-in-Residence, spending a week or two giving lectures and master classes, performing, and coaching individual students. Back home I've had an active studio for many years, working primarily in the fields of classical song and musical theater, but I have over the years had students from all backgrounds and all levels. My personal philosophy is that there is only one way to sing, and that's the right way. All types of music require the same foundational training, and my goal is to give you the tools you need to plug your voice into whatever type of music you love best without damaging your voice in the process.