For all those who despise sight-reading…

I wish all of my students who are resistant to sight-reading would read this excellent article by Derek Polischuk, of the Michigan State Piano Pedagogy Blog: Musical Understanding through Sight Reading. At any given time, I have a handful of students who are naturally very musical and have a good ear for music, but lack strong sight-reading skills. They love laboring measure-by-measure to learn a song that’s really hard, but balk at putting in the time to learn easier pieces that I assign them for the sake of building their reading skills. If only they could catch a glimpse of how much faster they could learn hard songs (and how many more they could learn!) but making a concerted effort to develop their sight-reading skills…Can anyone else relate? Anyone have some brilliant solutions for students like this?

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