In grade 4, singers are asked to sing a whole step lower than before, as the range has been expanded downward from C to Bb. 6/8 time is also added, introducing pieces with a different feel than before. Another change is the addition of rising and falling octaves, the largest interval that vocalists have been asked to sing yet. (At least they're easy to hear!)
Grade 4 Sight Singing Exercise
Try this free sight singing piece to get a sense of what you can expect in grade 4.
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Tips for Grade 4 Sight Singing
- Get situated where you can see the piece while maintaining good singing posture (an iPad or other tablet is especially convenient for this, as you can set it right on your music stand; print this page if needed)
- Choose the clef that's right for you under the button menu; then press the "Starting Note" button to find your pitch and take 30 seconds to look over the piece.
- Once you've started, keep going no matter what – learning not to stop even when you make a mistake is one of the most important skills in sight singing
- When you're finished playing, press the "Listen" button to hear a correct performance of the exercise; take a moment to reflect on how you did