A Comparison of Four Sight-Singing and Aural-Skills Textbooks - Two New Approaches and Two Classic Texts in New Editions

Author(s): 
William Marvin
Volume: 
22
Year: 
2008
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A Comparison of Four Sight-Singing and Aural-Skills Textbooks: Two New Approaches and Two Classic Texts in New Editions - Review by William Marvin. Carr, Maureen, and Bruce Benward. Sight Singing Complete. Seventh Edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2007. Karpinski, Gary, and Richard Kram. Anthology for Sight Singing. New York and London: W. W. Norton and Company, 2007.Carol Krueger. Progressive Sight Singing. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.Robert W. Ottman and Nancy Rogers. Music for Sight Singing. Seventh Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007. It seems that music departments throughout North America are perennially revisiting their curricula. Textbook choices are frequently part of those deliberations, as instructors strive to deliver the material efficiently, accurately, and musically. Even if one's department is not in the throes of reconsidering its approach to aural-skills instruction, current market forces might encourage such an exercise, for the year 2007 produced a wealth of sight-singing and aural-skills textbooks. Of the four texts under review here, two are new to the market, and two are revised editions of classic texts.