Horrible Sight Reading for Lovely People
Everyone (except me) hates sight-reading!
Or at least all of my students insist that this *must* be the case.
But sight-reading doesn’t have scary (or difficult) – it really does all boil down to practise. All sight-reading is – is just playing a new piece. And you do that every time you start something new…. Ok you might not do if with only a few seconds to practise and an examiner breathing down you neck… but seriously. Every time you turn the page you’re sight-reading.
So what’s the scary thing?
I guess it’s a quest into the unknown.
But its not unknown realms of weird not knowingness (if there is such a thing as that!).
Sight-reading is just recognition really.
It’s notes you (hopefully) know and rhythms you’ve seen before – but all perhaps mixed in a way you’ve not. But the elements are still all the same!
Our Horrible Sight-Reading for Lovely People course helps you break out of the sight-reading blindness and realise that you do recognise everything and that it’s never as scary as you think it might be.
Who is it for?
This course is for those who want to break away from thinking sight-reading is scary and want to learn to love it! (or just not hate it to pass an exam better)
Teachers this course is great for extra sight-reading sheets and is a good boost to those students who are perhaps lacking in confidence with their sight-reading ability.
This is for all instruments (except maybe bagpipes....and timpani!)
How does it work?
Well done for getting this far in your boost to your sight-reading ability all you need to do now is decide how much of a boost you’d like to take on:
One week mini boost: £5 (and you can do this as many times as you feel you need!)
Two weeks big boost: £10
Four weeks super boost: £17
Simply click and order the course you’d like to sign up to!
If you enjoy your one week mini boost so much you can simply order another one week boost to follow it at a later date. Feel free to mini, big or super boost as many times as you need!
What will I get?
You will get three boost emails in the week for your sight-reading boost.
Boost 1: There’ll be a sheet of handy hints and tips to break down sight-reading into easier chunks, a rhythm work sheet and a super easy sight-reading sheet to break you in gently.
Boost 2: This sight-reading sheet will be of the level you’re working at.
Boost 3: This sight-reading sheet will definitely be horrible and above the level you need – this is because we truly believe the brain works better when it’s over stretched as it then relaxes back when it thinks it’s easier. (Reverse psychology and all that jazz!)
Each sight reading sheet will come with mp3 answers of how the tests ‘should’ have sounded like.
For grades 6,7 and 8 we will also include a more realistic performance of the sight-reading tests and hints to how to ‘blag it’ in an exam situation.
Rachael Forsyth has been teaching music and music theory for the last 13years and has a 100% pass rate for both practical and theory exams. She is a full time woodwind and piano tutor and teaching both classical and jazz music.
What level is it aimed at?
Currently our Horrible Sight-Reading for Lovely People course is available for grades initial and 1-5 (later grades still being prepared!). If you’re finding the sight-reading a seriously difficult thing to do then why not consider a mini boost (one week course) for the grade below to kick start your sight-reading journey.
Anything else I need to know?
Not really – but if you do have any questions please feel free to email us or get in touch via facebook or twitter!