Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Solfeggio: The Purpose of Solfeggio Syllables

The Purpose of Solfeggio Syllables
Solfeggio was brought back into prominence as researchers and educators discovered the brain's ability to connect more easily with pitch relationships when a syllable was attached. It is crucial to associate a placement of tone before ever identifying its note name on the staff. Since solfeg gives a name to each note of the scale, children can learn the sound 'MI-SOL' by singing it without having to think about a written note.
They can recognize the sound of this interval before knowing that it is a minor third or that it contains three half steps or that it can be written e-g on the staff. Thus, solfeggio is a powerful teaching concept because it implies 'experience precedes learning'.
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