Music Teacher Tips - #5 - Sequence of Part-Singing

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Music Teacher Tip #5 - #SequenceOfPartSinging:

(This is mainly for general music and choral teachers):

When teaching part singing, this is the proper sequencing:

In order of difficulty (easiest to hardest):


1. Unison (See verses in example below) https://www.jwpepper.com/If-You-Heard-My-Voi…/10873712.item… Also https://www.jwpepper.com/Moment-By-Moment/10996254.item…


2. Melody against an ostinato (Example: “Ram Sam Sam”)


3. Echo Songs “Over My Head” spiritual


4. Partner songs Jill Galina has lots of these (See example by Naplan) https://www.jwpepper.com/Al-Shlosha-D%27varim/3012796.item#/ Also this: https://www.jwpepper.com/Darkness-Fell/10984374.item#/submit


5. Rounds “Hey, Ho Nobody Home” “Ah, Poor Bird” https://www.jwpepper.com/Old-Abram-Brown-----…/4001152.item…


6. Melody with descant (See example in measure 31) https://www.jwpepper.com/Fly-Away/10984371.item#/submit


7. Polyphonic Songs. For example - in 2-pt. harmony where one melody starts and harmony enters afterwards. Best if rhythms don’t align at least at the start of the phrase. (See refrain of example) https://www.jwpepper.com/Watch-Me-Fly/10984373.item#/submit


8. 2-pt. Homophonic (words/rhythms of parts are the same at the same time. Example: chorus of this song if done in 2 parts: https://www.jwpepper.com/Moment-By-Moment/10996254.item…

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