Yesterday I was again reminded of the importance of Sight Reading. In two separate group lessons, my students played their pieces super well. I was applauding and they were smiling. Then we looked at a new piece of music using the very same notes they had just played, and smiles turned to frowns as some of them struggled to work out where they should place their hands, what the start note was, and others played the whole piece as though all the notes were quarter notes.
I usually include sight reading in each lesson, but with all the preparations for the Christmas Recital, it fell by the wayside for the past few weeks. Yesterday, it was revived with the Super Sight Readers game and the Sight Readers Flashcards. We worked through them together - at a much slower pace than we used to when we were doing them regularly. I awarded higher points than usual to keep everyone motivated. I made a mental note (again) - Sight Reading is just as important as the pieces!
Click on the images below to see the resources we use for Sight Reading.