Sight-reading is the ability to read and play a sheet of music you have never seen or practiced before – right on the spot, and in the case of an exam or evaluation - in front of other people.
*Be sure to scan the key signature, time signature, clefs, dynamics and starting point for each hand.
*Scan the rhythm before playing the notes so that each note sounds intentional and is held for the correct duration of time.
*Go slowly from the very beginning in order to maintain a consistent tempo. It is better to sight-read slowly and accurately than to start over multiple times.
Jodi Ann Russell, Ed.D., M.M., B.M., N.C.T.M. is an expert piano instructor who emphasizes mindfulness, relaxation, creativity and technique in personalized piano lessons and master classes online.