A method of sight reading for piano ensemble : with commentary and preparatory exercises
Geronymo, Jairo Correa
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This method of sight reading for Piano Ensembles addresses a vacuum in the market for a method specific to the instruction of Class Piano with a focus on Sight-reading. Several aspects and techniques of sight-reading are addressed within a collective frame of mind in which the students can profit from that special setting. The first section of this paper focuses on ethical considerations regarding Class Piano, assets and liabilities of such a setting, the necessity of such a method, as well as other secondary topics. The method itself is divided into four sections: the first addresses only rhythmic reading and the second focus on pieces employing the five-finger position only. The third section is comprised of intermediate pieces and the fourth is more comprehensive, including such important auxiliary skills as guitar chord symbol reading, the creation of accompaniment patterns and improvisation. Each piece in the method is accompanied by a brief commentary on the specific aspect of sight reading that it focuses on, a report of how classes have responded to that specific exercise, as well as practical advice for performance.
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