How to include sight-reading in the lesson

Sight-reading is one of the most valuable skills to have as a musician. That’s why it’s important that we teach it.

Here are the steps to the most efficient way to teach sight-reading during the lesson.

  1. Pick an easy piece comparatively to your student’s level. It’s best if there is only one difficult aspect in it: rhythm, notes, alterations, etc.
  2. Have your student look at it. There is no touching of the instrument here. Ask the student to scan the music for big changes and tricky spots.
  3. Have your student play it, while you cover couple beats ahead of the music with a sheet of paper. This is a very important step, because students tend to stop when they do a mistake. This method will train their eyes to keep looking ahead at all times. The most important lesson is to get your student to keep on going, and even make things up if needed, rather than stop.
  4. If there is extra time, go through the piece again. You want your student to learn to fix things quickly, so make sure they have a plan for the spots they’ve missed in the first reading.

 

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