Unit 2: Standard Notation to Solfege:

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Why Solfege?

"Audiation is the foundation of musicianship" (The Gordon Institute for Music Learning) When music is learned using the solfege system is builds upon auditation much more than learning through symbolic association (Reading notes on a staff.) Solfege sets a framework of eighth specific sounds that are the same sounds throughout every key. The note "B" can have unlimited applications which can get confusing where as the sound of "Sol" (The fifth degree in the solfege scale) has specific functions in music theory. Later when students are reading music they will have an easier time for they will be able to hear function of each note instead of simply matching the note on the page with a fingering. In conclusion, solfege promotes audiation when first learning music where learning to read standard notation hinders audiation when first learning music.

The next step in this mini-course is to translate the selected tunes from Unit 1 to solfege. I will give an example for the tune "Hot Cross Buns"