Today's choral directors are faced with the dilemma of how to teach music literacy within the demands of a school system increasingly focused on testing outcomes and high-level performances. Many teachers feel they simply do t have the classroom time for adequate sight singing and ear training instruction, and those who do set aside the time for it face a dearth of engaging teaching materials. Solfege and Sority is a guide for teaching music literacy in a choral rehearsal, with a focus on the needs of teachers who work with young singers. The book lays out teaching sequences for melodic and rhythmic concepts, lesson plans, and concise strategies for introducing key techniques. The graduated progression of topics starts from teaching basic concepts, such as do-re-mi, and ends with more complex subjects, such as mir modes and the sight reading of more advanced music. The individual lessons themselves are short ( more than 4-6 minutes) and comprehensive, encouraging singers to develop a literacy of rhythm and melody together. By developing 18 easy-to-use lessons for teachers and conductors and tying the lessons to the teacher's current repertoire, longtime choral director and teacher David Xiques has created a practical and viable solution to the challenges of many conductors. The book features a comprehensive companion website that includes videos of exercises, worksheets, and teaching materials.
David J. Xiques is Associate Professor of music in the School of Music and Dance at San Francisco State University, where he teaches ear training and musicianship classes and directs the University Chorus and Chamber Singers. His teaching experience includes 15 years in K-12 choral, junior and high school band, choral, and general music classes. A Kodaly specialist, he teaches at the Kodaly Summer Certification Program at New York University in New York City. He is also a professional tenor who performs with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, for which he also serves as assistant chorus director. Mr. Xiques is a frequent choral clinician and presenter at professional music conferences.