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Music Sight Reading Method

“Everybody reads music the same way.”  NOT TRUE.

What do you think?

Musicians – have you ever asked another musician what his eyes are doing when he reads a piece of music?

Teachers, have you ever thought about this?  I have discovered that about 70-80% of students don’t read music the same way that I and other professional musicians read. Let my book show you how to rapidly improve your reading skills and, if you are a teacher, your students’ reading skills.

Countless music books are used to teach one how to “read” music, but in all reality they teach the values of the notes, articulations, dynamics, etc. and not the actual process of “reading” music. My book contains many examples of the most common mistakes that are made when students look at a measure or phrase, and explains the correct way to look at it.

There are two major areas that are overlooked by many music teachers when they teach students how to read music. I was one of these teachers during the first ten years of my 34-year career as a band director.  I’ve never seen anything printed about- or even heard anyone talk about these areas. Part I and Part II of this book each identify one of the main components of music reading and explain how to properly integrate them into your reading or teaching.

Teachers – Think of the countless rehearsal hours that can be saved if your students are good sight readers and not learning the music by rote!



Reading Music, Scales

The scales are in both Treble and Bass Clef.  All scales are written in 12 different keys, ascending and descending. They can be worked on individually or as a mixed pitch ensemble (Concert Band).

Once the player becomes exposed to some different types of scales, he may begin to enjoy practicing them.




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