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    Each quarter until your child reaches the accurate singer category, you will see this chart of his/her progress as we work on vocal skills. You child's placement will be circled and dated. The report card grade of "2" in matches pitch means your child is moving toward the accurate singer area. "3" means they have reached and maintained accurate singer status most of the time. Finally, "4" would denote accurate singing of melodies beyond grade-level standards. "1" tells you that your child has the ability to be trying or doing better than he/she is consistently demonstrates.
    Unless one is actually deaf, there is no such thing as tone-deafness.  If you can speak, you can sing.  Some adults have limited vocal skills, but that is not an issue of innate, genetic predisposition. Yes, there is talent involved in everything from arithmetic to writing, but regardless of talent we all can gain basic skills with effort and sequential instruction. The potential of improving vocal skill includes but is not limited to having a quality childhood instructor, a good instructional setting, social value for singing, continuous singing practice in daily life, quality adult vocal role models, good production and breath support, effort, and/or freedom from vocal nodules.


    Stages of Vocal Development - What does Progressing Mean?

    Pre-singer: Chants the song or pattern rhythmically with virtually no inflection.

    Speaking-range Singer: Sustains tones in speaking-voice range (A3-C4).
    Uncertain Singer: Wavers between speaking and singing voice; uses a limited singing range (A3-F4).
    Initial-range Singer: Makes vocal sounds in a beginning singing range (D4-A4) , but hits a vocal ceiling above a certain point no matter the pitch height of the melody or pitch pattern.
    Upper-register Singer: Makes vocal sounds in an upper register (above A4) exclusively or continually, and over shoots the pitch height of the melody or pitch pattern.
    Out of Tune Singer: Sings a varied level of pitches, yet not in the melodic direction.
    Misdirectional Singer: Sings in an ascending or descending pitch direction that is contrary to the actual melody of the song or pitch pattern.
    Directional Singer: Sings by following the ascending and descending requirements of the melody or pitch pattern but sometimes at a greater or lesser extent than is required.
    Pattern Singer: Sings the correct intervals of short bitonic and tritonic melodies or pitch patterns.
    Transposing Singer: Sings the correct intervals of the melody but begins higher or lower than the established starting pitch and key.
    Accurate Singer: Sings accurately a varied sample of grade level melodies.
    Source: MEJ September, 1994. Page 38-41 Adapted and updated by Christopher Martino 2006