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Adolescent Reading Singer, The (2nd edition) A sight-reading method is a PowerPoint presentation to be used in the classroom and booklets of choral literature. Contains unique, limited vocal ranges and is based on the Kodaly Concept.

Utilizes the pentatonic scale, Curwen Hand Signs, and Solfege.  Available on compact disc.

Adolescent Reading Singer, Student Literature Booklet A collection of choral pieces graded according to sequential development of the sight reading method. May be used without the other components of the method


Adolescent Reading Singer (2nd edition) Online Demonstration

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Adolescent Reading Singer Individual Octavos and Student Literature Booklet:  Individual octavos which support each phase of the method.  Those entries marked with an asterisk (*) are in the Student Literature Booklet and are all arranged by Don L. Collins (see above).  Click the title of the pieces that are underlined to view and hear them online. To receive complimentary copies of the pieces not online, please sign the guestbook and write the names of any specific titles you might like to see in the comment box when you sign.

Phase 1     (No literature, teaching phase only)

Phase 2    The pieces for phase 2 have three pitches; So, Mi, & La and two rhythm complexities; two eighth notes, quarter note and quarter rest all in 2/4 meter with treble clef.         

                      Three Proverbial Loves Collins ARS980150  SC(B)

                      *The Mill Wheel  SC(B)  or unison

                      *Three Childhood Chants  SC(B) or unison

                      *Christmas Eve  SC(B)

                      *God's Own Time Is the Best  SC(B) or unison

                      *All Hail, Great King!   unison                

Phase 3    In addition to the phase 2 complexities, phase 3 includes Do and Re, the tie, slur, beam, half note, half rest, whole note, whole rest, fermata, and 4/4 meter)

                     All For One World Collins ARS980151 SC(B)

                     *Trampin' SC(B)

                     *Old Blue  SC(B)

                     *Christ Was Born in Bethlehem  SC(B) or unison

                     *What If It Snows on Christmas  SSC(B)

Phase 4    Added to the three previous phases are the dotted half note, the eighth, quarter, eighth note pattern, bass clef, and 3/4 meter.  The melodic addition is one new syllable: high Do'.

                    Come All Ye Fair & Tender Ladies CollinsARS980152  SSC(B)

                    *John Henry  SC(B)

                    *To Yourself Be True  SC(B)

                    *Go 'Way Old Man  SC(B)

Phase 5   Melodic complexities added to those previously taught are La and So below Do.  Rhythmic additions are four sixteenth notes, the eighth and two sixteenth notes, and two sixteenths and an eighth note.

                     There Is a Lady Collins T90201

                     *Sourwood Mountain  SSC(B)

                     *Make a Joyful Noise  SSC(B)

Phase 6   In addition to the complexities in the previous phases, Phase 4 adds Fa and Ti which completes the diatonic scale.  Rhythmic complexities include the eighth rest, the quarter note tied to the eighth note, the dotted quarter note followed by the eighth, and the eighth note followed by the dotted quarter as well as the anacrusis.

*Blue Jeans SSC(B)

Bingo  German/Riley   U17676  SSCB

Fairest Lord Jesus  Traditional/Cooper   I976811  SCB

Go Tell It On the Mountain  Christmas Spiritual/Springfield  S117325 SC(B)

Green Grow the Rushes, Oh  English/Suerte  U97206  SSCB

He's Got the Whole World In His Hand   Spiritual/Cooper   S117695  SSCB

I Love the Lord, His Strength is Mine Traditional/Peninger  C17314  SACB

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say   English/Collins L17798   SSCB

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Collins P47432    SSCB

Little Chilun  Spiritual/Beal  S17315   SACB 

Mark Well, My Heart   Luther/Vick   U117209  SSCB

Nelly Bly  Foster/Cooper U117571   SSCB

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen Spiritual/Collins S97320

Poor Man Laz'rus  Spiritual/Suerte S17675  SC(B)

Pray Tell Me, Oh, Please Tell Me  Mexican/Collins T50302   SC(B)

Ride the Chariot   Spiritual/Melton S117450   SACB

Saints Bound for Heaven Spiritual/Suerte S97560   SSCB

Saviour, Hear Me, O  Gluck/Taylor  M17672

Sing Men and Sing Angels  German/Taylor  U177101   SSC(B)

Teacher, Help Me Spencer   Spencer  ARS980154  SSCB

Colorado Trail, The American/Lyle U17316

Waltzing Matilda  Australian/Cooper   U117451  SC(B)

When Jesus Christ Was Born  Scottish/Cooper  I97679  SCB

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks Trad./Cooper  I97680  SCB

*Wondrous Love Southern/Collins S97685  SC(B)


Phase 7  Finally, phase 7 includes three sounds outside the diatonic scale; Fi, Si, and Ta, plus the following rhythmic complexities:  simple meter, compound meter, mixed meter, the dotted quarter note as the beat unit, the triplet, the eighth tied to the sixteenth, the dotted eighth followed by the sixteenth, the sixteenth tied to the eighth, the sixteenth followed by the dotted eighth and the sixteenth rest.  (the literature listing follows in the next column.)

Adolescence  Collins  L97558  SSCB

Adoramus Te Christe   Dubois/Richison  M17797  SSCB

Agnus Dei Gabrieli/McCray M97682

All from the Same Clay   Pool   C117569    SACB

Allegiance to Liberty, An   Collins   P47435  SSCB

Angels We Have Heard on High Traditional/Cooper   I97678  SCB

Ave Verum Mozart/Lyle M17552   SSCB 

Ave Maria  Arcadelt/Johnstone  M97442  CCBB

Awareness of You, An  Collins  L17428  SSCB

Battle of Jericho Spiritual/Knight  S97440  SSCB

Behold the Lamb of God (from Messiah) Handel/Beal M17427  SSCB

Be Strong and Wise in the Lord  Collins C97689  CBB

Blessed Is The Man  Butler/Rich  C97564   CCBB

Blessed is the Man Butler C97203 SACB

Charlie Is My Darlin’ Knight U17431  SSCB

Christmas Medley  Swenson  U97566   CBB

Christmas Is a Time for Joy Kirk T979129  SA(C)B

Deep River  Spiritual/Springfield   S97565  CCB

Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? Spiritual/Springfield S97445  CCBB

Fum, Fum, Fum Spanish/Springfield U117211  SSC(B)

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Collins   P47434  SSCB

Gloria (from Mass in No. 2 in G)  Schubert/Collins   M100302   SSCB

Gloria (from Gloria Mass) Vivaldi/Collins M117207  SSCB

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Lovelace C117324 SACB

Good Christian Men, Rejoice Trad/Covert U97561   SSC

Hail the King of Heaven  Polish/Ehret   U97441  SA(C)B

Hallelujah, Amen Handel/Taylor M17312 SSC(B)

Hallelujah (from Messiah) Handel/Richison M97317  SSCB

Hang In There, But Hang Loose Collins L117323 SC(B)

He Watching Over Israel (from Elijah) Mendelssohn/Collins M97557   SSCB

Hold On Spiritual/Knight S177100 SSCB

Holly and the Ivy, The   English/Collins   L97688   CC(B)

I Climbed the Mountain Kirk A983178 SC(B)

I Got Shoes Spiritual/Melton S980156 SACB

Integer Vitae (Father Almighty) Flemming/Johnstone M97562   CCBB

Introit and Kyrie (from Requiem) Faure/Kicklighter 117692 SSCB

It's Good Bye Liza Jane, O American/Ehret T981160 SA(C)

It’s Good Bye Liza Jane , O  American/Ehret U97321 SA(C)B

Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine German/Ehret U117326 SA(C)B

Joy That Knows No Bounds Genevan/Springfield   L97438  SC(B)

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Bach/Siltman M97687 CBB

Liberty Tree Collins P47436 SSCB

Life Is Burroughs L97318 SACB

Lift Thine Eyes (from Elijah) Mendelssohn/Kirby M117322  S(A)CB

Little Town of Bethlehem, O Redner/Cooper I97677 SCB

Long Years Ago Over Bethlehem's Hills Vick C97684 SACB

Mary Had a Baby Spiritual/Peninger S117210 SAC(B)

Old Ark's A-Moverin', The Spiritual/Ehret S97205 SA(C)B

On Independence Collins P47433 SSCB

On This Blessed Merry Season American/Ehret U97686 SA(C)B

Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee, The Peninger C17674 SACB

Poor Lonesome Cowboy American/Giles U97446  CCBB

Praise Thee, Lord Collins L17553 SSCB

Praise the Lord All Ye Nations Kirk C117694 SSCB

Rest in the Lord, O (from Elijah) Mendelssohn/Knight M117567 SSCB

Scarborough Fair English/Swenson U9769   CCB

She Walks in Beauty Brahms/Hokanson M117447 SACB

Sing to His Name, for He is Gracious Butler C17429 SAC(B)

Sing to the Lord of Love Roff L117568 SACB

Sinner Man, O Spiritual/Suerte S17430 SSC(B)

Stand Up and Sing Davis C97319 SACB

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Spiritual/Kirby SACB

Thou by Whom We Come to God, O Peninger C17554 SACB

To Friendship  Collins L17313   SSC(B)

Together We'll Make the Journey Beal L97563   CCBB

Twenty-Third Psalm, The Trad/Taylor U17557 SAC(B)

Wade in the Water Spiritual/Lyle S117570 SACB

We Sing With Grace In Our Hearts   Collins  C117449

What Do All of These Things Mean? Kirby/Collins L97443 CCBB

What Do All of These Things Mean? Kirby L117208 SACB

Words Fitch C17799 SACB


Christmas Secular Song A collection of secular Christmas selections written in Melody Plus style.

May be sung as two, three, or four-part music. Combine the melody with any of the other three written parts.

Familiar Christmas Carols Three-parts, S C(A) B, the middle part may be sung by alto and/or cambiata.

Choral Fantasy on Huckleberry Finn, A SSCB May be sung as a concert piece or staged. Contains narration.


The Cambiata Concept by Don L. Collins. A look at vocal technique, choral singing, voice classification, singing in unison, sight reading, rote teaching, the uncertain singer, choral literature and other aspects of the adolescent voice.

Teaching Junior High School Music by Irvin Cooper and Karl Kuersteiner. The original authoritative writing

about the Cambiata Concept. It is a "must have" for every music educator dealing with adolescent voices.

Teaching Choral Music by Don L. Collins.  A choral music education textbook which has

the most comprehensive treatment of the early adolescent voice of any other on the market.


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