Okay, so my older sister is singing a solo (To The Sky From The Earth) for an ISSMA contest. She's still making lots of mistakes in pitch, rhythm, and intonation, and there's only a week left till the solo. She meets once a week with our music teacher for half an hour, but that's really not enough. So a few days ago she asked me to help- I have a better musical ear and sense of rhythm (no offense/bragging intended). But nothing I've been trying really works. We've tried:
- Having her sing to me playing her part on the piano and listening to it and marking off her mistakes on her music. This didn't do anything at all- she just keeps making the same mistakes over again, and when she doesn't there's always new ones.
- Me holding every single note on the piano until she hits the right pitch and then having her sing the whole phrase real slow. Usually, it takes her a whole 15 seconds to get to the right note, and even after she does, we rarely get through a sentence without a mistake.
- Singing it with her while playing it on the piano. This one seemed to work more than the others because while we sing together she's okay. But 20 seconds later, she couldn't repeat the phrase without me.
Most of our problems are pitch-related; however, there's rhythm trouble too. Usually, when I play and she sings, every note she sings comes a second after I play it. My question is: Are there any particular things we can try to get her learn or just bluntly memorize it?