Sight Reading

The fourth and final part of the audition is sight reading. Many students struggle with sight reading, as it can be an intimidating task. There is no secret to learning how to sight reading well. Frequent practice sight reading is the best solution. In addition, practicing scales is very useful, as you will be able to quickly identify the key of the sight reading and use muscle memory from playing scales in that key.

Take 15-20 seconds to look at the sight reading excerpt before you begin to play. Determine the key of the piece and quickly scan for any accidentals. Think about the meter and choose a slower tempo for improved accuracy rather than one that is too fast. If you make a mistake, keep going!

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