Diary of a Music Teacher: the Tedious Side of Sight-reading….

Sight-reading can be the most tedious part of learning music: some students do anything to avoid it…! Some others, however, find it one of the most straightforward aspects of learning music, as they find it easy to memorise the notes. What I have found over the years is that those students with visual memories can memorise notes easily. They simply need to look at the notes and ‘photograph’ them for their memory banks.

The key to approaching sight-reading is consistency and perseverance. Even with those students who find it hard to learn to note-read, it is very important to keep up a regular practice with tasks that they need to complete themselves independently. There are many excellent books nowadays for such tasks and also many apps that can be used. The above books in the photo is one of my favourites!

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