The purpose of this video is to show how the music that we hear, play, and sing can be linked to notes on the page. Seeing the notes for what we’ve played or sung can eventually lead to hearing what we see. No matter what learning mode we prefer (reading or playing by ear) we can be trained to hear pitches and rhythm patterns before we play or sing them. Some teachers and other song leaders have people just sing along until they learn the song. I’m convinced that we must provide some opportunities to listen to each phrase of a song, then repeat (echo) what is heard. Other wise the mistakes that will inevitably occur will be reinforced through repetition.
A Word of Caution: Along with guided learning experience, we should nurture the spontaneous singing of songs learned without effort. An effective leader is one who is so filled with the message of a song that he/she can’t wait to share it with others.