The purpose of this descriptive quantitative research study was to investigate the relationship between instrumental experience and sight-singing proficiency. This research was conducted in two phases: a quantitative survey of known high-achieving sight-singers and a comparison of sight-singing proficiency among participants with diverse musical backgrounds. Results indicated that participants with more than one type of previous musical experience might achieve higher sight-singing scores than those with only one type of previous musical experience. Participants with both choral and instrumental experience achieved higher sightsinging scores than participants with only one type of experience. Notably, participants who had taken a music theory course scored higher than participants with any other type of musical background. We discuss implications for future research.
Sabella, Megan and Haning, Marshall
"Relationships Between Instrumental Experience
and Sight-Singing Proficiency,"
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 37, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lib.uconn.edu/vrme/vol37/iss1/3