Sight Reading Proficiency Scale

If you ever wonder about your proficiency in choir, please refer to the chart below. You determine your proficiency based on the criteria that is given in each proficiency level. If you can accomplish all criteria in PP, you are considered PP. If you are able to accomplish all criteria in PP and P, you will be considered (P) proficient. If you can show that you know the whole chart, you will be considered advanced. We are looking for your growth as a musician! Remember that this is a rigorous journey and process! You will be successful with effort! If you have a question about where you are, please ask in class or see contact link.

Sight Reading Proficiency Scale


Students will perform music accurately and expressively at ability level.
Topic:  Sight Reading
Grade: 6-8
Score 4.0



The student will sing at level 3.0 while adding the following:

  • Sight sing in harmony with others
  • Dynamics
  • Phrasing
  • Expression
-Sight reading exercises in two or more parts.

-Choral warm-ups

-Concert music

Score 3.0



  • Student is able to physically represent notes of a sight reading exercise using Solfege hand signs.
  • Student is able to clap and/or voice the rhythm of a sight reading exercise accurately.
  • Student is able to accurately perform all of the notes in a sight reading exercise using solfege, numbers or absolute pitches (letters).
  • Student is able to sing in unison.
  • Student is be able to identify, define, and perform all vocabulary.

-Sight reading exercises

-Choral warm ups

-Excerpts from concert music

Score 2.0

Purposefully Progressing


  • Student is able to identify and sing notes on the clef associated with their voice part along with the clef of other voice parts.
  • Student is able to recognize and perform rhythmic patterns in a steady beat.
  • Student is able to understand and perform various musical scales in appropriate keys.
  • Student is able to define/identify some vocabulary

Associated Vocabulary:

Posture, Solfege, quarter note, quarter rest, half note, half rest, whole note, whole rest, eighth note, eighth rest, scale, bar line measure, rhythm, melody, forte, mezzo forte, mezzo piano, piano, key signature


-Students will use solfege or note names to label sight reading exercises.

-Choral warm ups.

-Solfege for vocal music.

-Defining vocabulary.

Score 1.0 With help, partial success at PP content.
Score 0.0 Even with help, no success