I know that sight reading is probably the last thing on everyone’s mind in the midst of all the Christmas music you are rapidly teaching and performing BUT I’m going to share these anyway because I’ll likely forget if I wait.
My usual m.o. for teaching sight reading skills is usually to write something geared toward that student in the few minutes before the lesson begins. Then, I present it to them and give them between 1-4 minutes to “study” the piece without playing it. Usually, I’ll give them prompts or hints for potential tricky spots without directly pointing them out (e.g. watch out for hands together parts, or look for any tricky rhythm). Then, I let the student attempt it and we discuss what they missed and what they did well and how they might use that knowledge to improve. Of course, the thing with sight reading is that it takes lots of practice but each piece has to be different so it takes lots of pieces.
Well, I’ve decided to start methodically writing the pieces and assembling them in a sort of progressive packet that students can use so that I don’t duplicate my work. And I’ll be sharing those pieces with you over the next few weeks. So here’s the first installment.
The pieces in this installment are geared to match the Louisiana Music Teacher’s Association’s Rally syllabus for sight reading. These fall into the Prep A criteria with maybe some slight variances. For the syllabus Prep A (grades 1-2) requirements, see p. 10.
You can find them, as per usual, on my website here.