Sneak Up on Sight-Reading

Develop a Systematic Approach

Audition adjudicators know that sight reading is an essential skill for musicians. Sight reading is a simple combination of music reading and music making, all while looking at a piece of music for the first time. That’s why sight reading is sometimes called a prima vista which is Italian for “at first sight.” Your sight reading performance says a lot about your musicianship because it shows musical knowledge as well as your performance technique.

Why do a lot of students fear the sight reading part of an audition? Because most of them haven’t:

That won’t happen to you because you are going to learn how to get better at sight reading. You won’t need to get as nervous before your audition because you’ll have a plan.

You might have guessed I recommend making sight reading part of your daily practice. A foundation for getting proficient at sight reading include a good command of:

As you get older and better at those skills, make sure to add in the guidelines below.

How to Practice

That’s our guide on how to practice sight-reading. There’s nothing magic about it. It’s just one way to do it. You and your instructor may have a different way, but whatever approach you use, use it daily. Daily practice will increase your confidence and give you a systematic approach when it’s time for your sight reading audition.

Keep Practicing,

Dr. Randall Bayne, CEO