Third Class Plus
For children from the Third Class who are motivated to learn sight-singing.
The training for this skill is called solfège.
The eventual aim of solfège is to be able to sing any melody you see in notes directly, without having heard it first. This is a fantastic skill for any singer. But it takes a lot of ear training. You also have to learn to understand how the music you sing forms a system (music theory).
The Third Class Plus offers solfège training in small groups.
We use a method entitled Nachtegaal (Nightingale), written by Caro Kindt, a conductor of highest level children’s choirs. Each child works through this course material at their own pace.
Please note: without doing your homework you cannot succeed! You should practice for at least 10 minutes three to four times a week. That ensures good progress, but 10 minutes daily is even better.
You can start in Third Class Plus at any time during the school year.
After Third Class Plus, in the next school year pupils can continue in Quint Class Plus from the point they have reached in the Nachtegaal method.
If a pupil has learned a lot in Third Class Plus and has completed part one of Nachtegaal, they might like to sing more music and more challenging pieces and perform in front of an audience. That will be possible from 2021 onwards, in the Delft Children’s Choir.
Third class Plus
Bagijnhof 21, Delft
In addition to the weekly Third Class choir practice on Tuesday from 17:00 to 18:00.
there is a weekly solfège training of 45 to 50 minutes.
On Thursday or Friday, at an afternoon time to be agreed.
Max solfège group size: 5 pupils.
Course fee per year (76 lessons): €480.
This includes choir folder, tuning fork and course book Nachtegaal, Volume 1 (subsequent volumes are €21 each).
No extra costs for choir outfits.
As from 2021 advanced pupils who have finished the first volume of Nachtegaal, can switch from the choir practice of the Third Class to that of the Delft Children’s Choir. This makes no difference to the number of lessons and the total fee.