Sight Singing Duets Without a Human Partner

Sight Singing Duets Without a Human Partner

David Lantz
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East Stroudsburg High School South

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



High School


Music Theory


Mac or PC Finale Midi Keyboard and interface


30-40 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students will need a background in sight singing using solfeggio, and will need to know how to input and play back notes in Finale.

NAfME standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME standard of 1994: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing

NAfME standard of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 


Melodia book or other sight singing materials with duets


Students will sight sing duets of varying difficulty using Finale as a “partner”.


1. Notate both parts of an assigned duet on separate staves in Finale (it may prove necessary to add a click track and/or starting pitches.) 2. Mute the first part. After studying the first part (i.e. rhythms, intervals, chromatics, etc.), attempt to sight read the first part with only the second part sounding. 3. If this is too difficult, unmute the first part and practice with the first part sounding. 4. Again, mute the first part and sing the duet with only the second part sounding. 5. Repeat the entire procedure again, this time focusing on the second part.


Students can demonstrate their ability to sing either part of the duet with a human partner, or with Finale as a partner.

Follow Up:

Students may use this technique for subsequent duets as needed, and may also utilize the skills learned to make practice tapes for themselves.

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