Sight Reading for Beginners

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Over the course of 12 weeks, Ellie Seligmann will teach students the basic music theory needed to read music and train the student to translate notated sheet music into sung music. The ability to sight read enables a singer to learn new songs by reading sheet music, even if they have never heard the song before. It is a skill often required in choral singing but is a useful tool for every singer no matter their singing style.

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Aurora, CO
United States

Course Duration
12 Weeks
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18 Years Experience
From: United States
Teacher Skill Keywords
vocal coach
voice teacher
voice training
Music Theory
Study Details
BS Voice Performance & Business
Indiana University
Master of Music Education
University of Northern Colorado

Course Details

The student will learn music theory, aural skills, and practice strategies concurrently throughout the course with gradually-increasing difficulty, in the context of casual one-on-one lessons. The student's mastery of the material will depend upon previous exposure and the quantity and quality of the student's practice between lessons. Topics covered will include (1) Music Theory (Note names, key signatures, rhythmic values, meter); (2) Ear Training (Scale degrees (solfege or numbers), intervals, rhythm strategies); and (3) Practice Strategies.

About Ellie Seligmann: An accomplished classical vocalist, Ellie Seligmann has been teaching singing in her private studio in Colorado for more than 18 years. She has performed opera and concert works throughout the United States as well as across Europe. She has been an invited clinician to many vocal workshops and master classes for the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Music Teachers National Association. Ellie holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and a Master's degree in Music Education and is a certified vocologist by the National Center for Voice and Speech, and a Core Singing certified teacher.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits

(1) Music theory knowledge; (2) Aural skills; (3) -Practice strategies.


About Teacher

Ellie Seligmann has taught singing and piano for 18 years in her private studio in Colorado.  An accomplished classical vocalist, Ms. Seligmann spent more than 30 years performing in choirs and opera choruses, where her sight reading skills were the key to success!  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance and a Master's degree in Music Education, and she has been an invited clinician for workshops and master classes for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Music Teachers National Association, and others.  The ability to sight read music gives a singer confidence and opens doors to many performing opportunities, so it gives Ms. Seligmann tremendous joy to watch her students thrive as they acquire this valuable skill. 

"Not only has my daughter learned to sing but also to read and understand music. I recommend Ellie to anyone who loves to sing; she is gracious and caring for her pupils while providing an environment that fosters advancement for the very serious student." - R. Batenburg, proud parent

"My daughter, Alexzandria, has always loved to sing but never had the confidence to allow her voice to be heard.  Over the last year with Ellie, I have seen Alex's self confidence rise and her voice become stronger and more beautiful.  She sings in front of others, loves to perform, and is pursuing a career choice in singing and theatre.  Ellie is a wonderful teacher and role model, and we are very lucky to have found her."  -Laurie Rust, proud parent

"From the first lesson, my experience with Ellie was absolutely transformative!  Freeing up my singing self frees up many other parts of me as well. I am thrilled with the work!" - Joan Piasecki, adult voice student


To be successful in this course, students should be proficient in vocal pitch matching; that is, when the student hears a note (played or sung), the student is able to sing back the same note immediately.

Required Materials: These materials should be acquired by the 2nd class session.

 (1) A student subscription to Sight Reading Factory online. Students will purchase a student account from the instructor, which piggy-backs on the instructor's annual subscription to the service and is linked to the instructor's account for assessments. The student cost of this subscription is $26 or less, based on the number of students using the service.

(2) A means of providing pitch. This could include a) a piano or other musical instrument the student knows how to find or play specific notes, OR b) a free "pitch-pipe" app.

Weekly Schedule

These sections are for individual students.

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Morning Section
Mon 11:15 AM - 01:30 PM America/New_York
Wed 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM America/New_York
Fri 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
Evening Section
Mon 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
Tue 11:00 PM - 12:00 AM America/New_York
2 Seats
+91-97400-50326 for any questions.


How well will I be able to sightread by the end of this course?
A student's progress is always highly dependent upon the quantity and quality of practice time between lessons. A student who does not practice sightreading skills between lessons will gain a basic understanding and will make minimal progress; for a student that practices every day using the strategies recommended by the teacher, the sky's the limit. The student's past experience in sightreading will also impact the student's reading ability at the end of the course.
Do I need to be able to identify the names of the notes or find them on the piano?
No. If you are not able to identify the names of the notes, we will begin instruction there. If you can already identify the names of the notes, we will start with the next stage of the course. You will never need to be able to find the notes on the piano to learn to sightread as a singer.
Do you teach using solfege or scale degree numbers?
The teacher is equally comfortable with both naming systems and can adapt to the student's preference.
How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
This course will require practice time outside of lessons. Time spent practicing may vary from 15 minutes per day to an hour, depending on a student’s level of interest. Students who wish to become professional musicians will need more hours of practice per day using a different set of exercises and materials than students who are seeking to learn music as a hobby. Detailed structure of practice for each student will be discussed and explained during class.
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Students should get a response within 24 hours if the teacher is not preoccupied or travelling.

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