The TWO most important features in sight reading are correct notes and correct rhythm. However, the situation I have observed is the students tend to play considerable measure of wrong notes and hesitate in the middle of the sight reading.
Starting at fast speed and committing a great deal of mistakes seems appears into a bad habit of many students. Directly, it will influence the quality of practicing because the students are extremely ‘used’ to play mistakes before getting the right notes.
I always tell my students you are the winner if this is the speed reading, but I am sorry to tell you this is a sight reading. In order to help students to enhance their sight reading skill, choosing the speed of the sight reading is very crucial.
So what speed to choose from? Choose the speed that is not possible to make any mistakes or reduce the chances of playing incorrectly notes and wrong rhythm. In other word, start everything as SLOW as possible (ASAP) that you have enough time to hunt for correct notes and keep the pulse going.
Imagine you’re driving along the road and you are driving exceeding the speed limit, what will happen to you? Firstly, you’re a selfish driver that you never think of other’s safety. Furthermore, action will be taken by police officer. Tell the student that you are the police officer that looking for those who travelling at higher speed.
Ms Liew Hui Jie
A passionate full time piano teacher in Singapore, with great ideas about how to ensure that students start with learning, playing and finally loving the piano.