Solfege Teaching Guide
Intended audience: Everyone - musical and non-musical - especially prospective parents. Please don't let the title discourage you from reading this. In fact, if you are puzzled about anything you read and a simple Google search doesn't answer your question, kindly drop me a line with feedback.
The French School of Music solfege methodology is a surprisingly approachable system for understanding music involving singing on-pitch, sightreading, conducting time, ear training, and music dictation.
The combination of solfege lessons and efficient piano practice methods empowered many French School alumni from around the 1970s to perform in Carnegie Recital Hall as children, attend conservatories, develop a lifelong love for music, and have successful music careers. Many alumni excelled in non-music related careers as well because these methods enabled students to develop a deep understanding of what constitutes excellence.
If this was just about learning solfege, this book wouldn’t be needed. This is also a metaphor about life - about learning how to learn, identify and solve problems, be efficient, become a leader and influencer, and coach future generations to do the same.
PDF Version - Solfege Teaching Guide - early access edition subject to frequent updates, feedback welcome. With your permission, you will be credited in the acknowledgments.
- Solfege Note Types
- Solfege Notes Accompaniment
- Solfege Review and Brain Teasers
- Sibelius Notation Checklist
Contents (Blog posts, no longer updated)
Chapter 1 - Preparatory Work
Chapter 2 - Structure of Classes
Solfege Process Growth
Chapter 3 - Spreading the Word
Demonstrations / Concerts
Chapter 4 - Launching a New Class
First Solfege Class
First Dictation Class
New Students Joining an Existing Class
Teenage / Adult Students
Taking a Step Back
New Solfege Instructors
Chapter 5 - Mozart Effect DIY Kit
Chapter 6 - Foundation - Details
Singing / Solfegiating
Chapter 7 - Adding to French School
Chapter 8: Using Solfege as a Tool
Chapter 9: Music-Related Apps/Software
Chapter 10: Advanced Students
Mentoring Beginner Students
Chapter 11: Performance Anxiety
Slaying the Performance Anxiety Beast (Part 1)
Slaying the Performance Anxiety Beast (Part 2)
Slaying the Performance Anxiety Beast (Part 3)