Expressive Sight-Reading for Orchestra, Book 2

Expressive Sight-Reading for Orchestra offers a sequential approach to Teaching
sight-reading in the string ensemble. Applicable to performing groups from Middle
school through high school, it provides a comprehensive curriculum for group
sight-reading instruction.




  • 29 Individual sight-reading pieces selected from the symphonic repertoire, arranged for string orchestra by Sandra Dackow and Michael Alexander
  • Sight-Reading notes for the teacher written for each arrangement by Kathleen DeBerry Brungard
  • Materials arranged into 3 Units organized by hierarchy of Meter, Rhythms, and Key
  • Pre-test/Posttest for each unit for assessing individual student progress

Unit 1 contains: Repertoire in Primary Keys, Meters, and Rhythms (Book I Review)

Unit 2 contains: Repertoire in New Meters and Rhythms

  • Meters include: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, Cut Time, 3/8, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8, 5/8, 5/4, 4/2, 5/2
  • New Rhythms include: Syncopation in Cut Time, Eighth note Triplet vs. Dotted Eighth-Sixteenth note Also: rhythmic groupings: “in 1”, “alla breve”, and divided 4/4 (in 8)

Unit 3 contains: Repertoire in New Keys: A, E, F, B♭, E♭, A♭ Major as well as F♯, D, G, C, F Minor

Unit format:

  • Pre-Test/ Posttest (found in teacher guide)
  • Scale studies on bowings / keys (1-2)
  • Sequenced string orchestra pieces (Unit 1: 6 pieces, Unit 2: 11 pieces, Unit 3: 12 pieces)

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