ERIC Number: ED023299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Independent Learning Approach to Piano Sight Reading.
Sorel, Claudette; Diamond, Robert M.
The ability to sight read music accurately and artistically is important for pianists, expecially those who intend to become teachers and accompanists. Yet instruction in this skill is rarely available. An independent learning approach based on tachistoscopic speed reading techniques (i.e. controlled exposure) was evaluated for reducing sight reading errors among college piano students. Experimental subjects took part on eight 30 minute sessions over a period of two weeks. During each session, six scores of varying styles were projected onto a rear screen unit by a remote controlled 35mm slide projector. Scores were arranged in order of increasing difficulty. Control subjects received no formal instruction in sight reading during this time period. The performances of experimental and control subjects were evaluated before and after the sessions by two judges, one judge grading the experimental subjects and the other judge grading the control subjects. Experimental subjects showed a significant decrease in note and meter errors as well as an increase in ability to play with expression. In addition, student attitudes toward the approach were favorable. (RM)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Fredonia. Coll. at Fredonia.