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I have an all state nyssma solo to perform on Friday and sightreading is my biggest enemy. How do I

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Submitted : 2018-06-14 18:38:42    Popularity:     

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I am a retired NYSSMA and AS judge - and have taught hundreds of my own students how to do this. I also wrote my Masters' thesis on the teaching and learning of

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I am a retired NYSSMA and AS judge - and have taught hundreds of my own students how to do this. I also wrote my Masters' thesis on the teaching and learning of sight-reading and sight-singing skills. Frankly scales and the sight-reading should be the *gimme* - the things you can do in your sleep. You need FIRST to analyze the rhythm - you have a full minute to study, you are only given 8 bars, so you can do this more than once. Tao your foot, clap the rhythm. It might change meter, but the note/beat value remains constant - 5/4 3/4 , 4/4, 2/4, etc. Look for ties, and rhythms notated over the bar or over a beat. Look TWICE at the line change - strange things sometimes appear there.

If you are a singer, use a system, preferably solfege. If you are a pianist, observe what happens when the hands are independent. MAKE SURE you keep the key signature in mind - everyone SAYS they do, but 9 out of 10 do not - and then there are accidentals on top of that.

All of this is essentially laid out in the NYSSMA Manual, and there are sample SR examples online. If your teacher did not instruct you HOW to sightread, and you waited until NOW - well, let's just say that you can probably go skiing on the AS weekend, since you will NOT make AS. All the stats of applicants, recommended, and accepted are in the School Music News every fall - there are years that 400 flutes got a 98, 99, 100 - and we took 22. They all had perfect scores - as probably did another 60 or 80 Alto sax- similar stats. There are no EASY instruments to get in on - we get tons of qualified students on EVERYTHING. And ones that PLAN AHEAD. I hope you get another shot next year - or take intense PRIVATE lessons, not just those in school, which are not always adequate. Good luck - but you sound like you are a day late and a dollar short.

Practice - there's nothing else!

Pack about a year's worth of sight reading practice into 48 hours.

FAIL

It's too late to start on that now.

Practice, practice and more practice.



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