About My Sight Singing Program!

S-Cubed!  Successful Sight Singing for Middle School Teachers and their Students!
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Recognize what the children don't know.  Don't fault them for not knowing it.  Then, teach it to them in a way they will remember forever...  That is the philosophy of S-Cubed:  Successful Sight Singing for Middle School Teachers and their Students!  ...How to teach Sight Singing to Middle School Beginners...

With S-Cubed!, I have aimed to create a way for teachers to improve how they teach sight singing to their upper elementary and middle school students using 21st Century Technology.  I filled the system with downloadable, ready-to-use reusable lesson plans, sight singing examples and rhythm exercises that are complete with direct links to video teaching tips for each lesson and video teaching examples of me teaching the lesson.  I use it myself in my own classroom and it works wonders with beginners.  It's a philosophy and a method wrapped together.  In the lessons, I have revealed every secret I've learned as I have taught mostly beginners over the last 22-plus years.
When I started teaching middle school students how to sight sing music, all I remember is the moans and the failures.
I would say "Pull out the Sight Singing books".  They would moan.
They would begin singing a Sight Singing example and by measure two, they completely stopped singing and stared at me.
It was horrible.
I looked everywhere for a program that would solve this horrible daily experience.  Nothing that I found worked.  The elementary methods were mostly fun-filled activities and games, but were vastly inadequate.  Every single method for middle school that I found moved too fast for this age group and none of them taught me how to teach them the enormous variety of skills they needed to become as fluent as I wanted them to be.   It was as though they assumed the children who walked in the door of your classroom either took private lessons or went to elementary school at a special music school.
I needed something that combined fun and rigor that would end up in fluency!
I wanted my students to be able to successfully read 3-part music with difficult skips and rhythms by the time they left me in 8th grade.
When I moved the Georgia, I had to create something that worked out of necessity because the first time I took my students into the sight singing room, I was absolutely shocked.  The standard of Sight Singing performance that was expected at the annual state adjudicated festival in this state was much higher than the states in which I had previously taught.  I couldn't believe the level of proficiency required by the students from 6th-8th grade.  The truth is that I couldn't have read that level of material in my freshman year of college. I was not comfortable having my children go into the Sight Singing room each year and fail because I hadn't prepared them.  Over time, I figured it out, but year after year, I watched so many of my colleagues and their students walk out of the sight singing room completely disillusioned that I decided I had to find a way to share what I had learned.
With technology, I've figured out the delivery method!  I don't think there is anything else like it out there at the moment.  Using the world wide web, I can share my daily sight singing activities and procedures, sight singing examples, rhythm exercises and so much more with other teachers as well as provide video teaching tips and actual video of me teaching the various lessons so that other teachers can use the resources to improve their own approach to teaching Sight Singing.
All of my lessons are available at:  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Music-In-The-Middle-With-Mr-D

What are people saying about S-Cubed?

On  June 27, 2014,  Buyer said:

This product is the definitive method for teaching sight singing to this age group, while also creating structure and fun in the classroom, which is so key for this age group. Highly recommend!
On  June 4, 2014,  Kimberly Geter (TpT Seller) said:
What I like about S-Cubed Sight Singing Course (Complete Bundle-How To Teach Sight Singing to Middle School Beginners) by Music in the Middle with Mr. D is that Mr. Dale Duncan takes a complex musical language and simplifies it for beginners. The program challenges students with games and the lessons aren’t too long for their attention spans. The educator (and students) can watch how he works with his own chorus students via videos as well which is a huge motivator. I also like how Mr. Duncan inspires his students to succeed. The activities only take a few minutes to accomplish with step-by-step activities in preparation for LGPE (large group performance evaluation). After personally taking his course via a GMEA webinar during the Spring 2014, watching Mr. Duncan work with choral educators in choral district workshops, including leading the students at the annual Georgia District IV Honor Chorus, I can say that The S-Cubed Sight Singing Course is a well-rounded sight-singing program that I’ve personally seen work in action with kids. He answers questions via social media and gives great feedback. I’m excited to implement the full course in my own middle school choir this year.
On  June 3, 2014,  Buyer said:
I am a first year teacher and this program has saved my life. I struggled in my classroom with teaching new students how to sight-sing because they hated it and I hated teaching it. I really love this bundle because it opened my eyes to new games and ideas that worked wonders with my chorus. My students have a new found confidence in themselves because they are learning and having fun. This program helped my new singers accomplish remarkable ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluation. As a teacher, I love it because it is all inclusive and the lessons are cohesive. The key to building successful sight-singers is consistency and S-Cubed shows you just how to incorporate that into your music program.
S-Cubed is designed to be effective, useable on a daily basis, fun, methodical, interactive and successful each and every day specifically for this age group.

Using my program, I make sure that ALL of my students can read music when they leave my classroom.   Most of them come to me with no background in reading music. By the end of their 6th grade year, they are highly proficient readers. Because I have such large groups of students in one classroom, my Sight Singing program is ideal for teaching in a group setting.

This is a sample of my students preparing to read a very difficult Sight Singing example at their adjudicated festival using all of the techniques I methodically taught to them:


This is 5 minutes later:


Check it out!  Start with Lesson 1 and work your way through each one.  Within months, you will have fluent readers!

See my NAFME Webinar on the Subject:
Link to NAFME Webinar
See my article in ChorTeach from Winter 2014:
Article for ChorTeach

link to article in Choral Director Magazine 2014

Let me know how it works!


  1. Hi Dale, it sounds like a very interesting course but I am coming from a learners perspective. Is this course suitable for teaching yourself sight-singing? Thanks

  2. Hello Millie! Thanks for visiting my blog! There are many things that singers who want to learn to sight sing can learn from S-Cubed, but it is specifically designed for teachers who are teaching young singers (Middle School) in the group setting. The purpose is help the teacher be successful as I help them learn to address issues that are specific to this age group, and for the students to be successful as a result! Thanks again for visiting my blog!


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