Sight-Reading for Young Pianists

The book uses a well-sequenced and systematic approach for teaching sight-reading. Sight-reading is the ability to read and play music at first sight. It is a valuable essential skill, and students should develop it, not only because it is part of the music grade examinations, but because it makes playing music fun. However sight-reading is often neglected. Students tend to rely on memorizing the music instead of reading it.

This beginner pianist book aims to help you to develop proper sight-reading skills, and to prepare for the sight-reading test in grade examinations. It starts with the basics of sight-reading and builds up slowly to the more advanced concepts, progressing to Grade 1.

Easy to read and understand, this book should be used every day when you practise and at your music lessons.

Methodical: A proven approach that teaches a concept the same way every time, following the same steps, in the same order, using the same words.
Music Analysis: Analysis of rhythmic and melodic patterns that helps students read complex music and tackle exercise with confidence.
Intervallic Reading: Lesson activities, exercises, and games that help with intervallic sight-reading.

Sight-Reading for Young Pianists (Grade 1)

Contents

  • Basics
  • Counting
  • Playing Intervals: 2nds
  • Playing Intervals: 3rds
  • Playing Intervals: 4ths
  • Playing Intervals 5ths
  • Assessment 1
  • Playing with Both Hands
  • Rests
  • Accidentals
  • Key Signatures
  • Quavers
  • Tied Notes
  • Dotted Crotchets
  • Assessment 2 
  • Ledger Notes: B, C and D
  • Treble Notes: A, B and C 
  • Bass Notes: E, D and C
  • Treble Notes: D, E, F and G 
  • Bass Notes: B, A, G and F
  • Assessment 3 
  • Performance Directions