Friday, April 20, 2012

Pop Quiz (sight-reading made sweet)

Okay, I admit I had a leeetle to much fun coming up with a "Pop Quiz" title in iPiccy (awesome Picnik alternative) but I promise, the premise is cool.  It's a new tradition I've started with one of my students and WonderGirl at the end of every lesson and practice session.  I'll pick a short etude out of my unused techic books that is around or just below their ability level, and let them look at it with the piano turned off (or the cover down) for about 30 seconds to a minute.  Sometimes I offer a few suggestions, like reminding them to look at which direction the line is going or any repeated notes or rests - and then I turn on the metronome and a very slow speed.  They can start when they want and the only rule is they don't stop or go back if they stumble.

And if they get it right the first time, they earn a special little treat!  WG requests a chocolate chip, my student gets a whopper malted milk ball - it's a teeny reward, but even the teeny ones are sweet.  Since we do it every lesson and practice session, it's not the end of the world if they doesn't earn one because they know they'll have another chance to try tomorrow.

How do YOU make learning to sight-read not a chore?


Anonymous said...

An іmprеssiνe ѕhare! I've just forwarded this onto a coworker who has been doing a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me dinner simply because I found it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to discuss this issue here on your web site. click the next post
Also see my page > click the next post

Anonymous said...

Нuгrah, that's what I was exploring for, what a stuff! present here at this webpage, thanks admin of this web site. just click the following internet site

Anonymous said...

Tоuche. Solіd argumentѕ. Keep up the gooԁ spirit.
visit the next website page

Anonymous said...

Fаntаstіc wеbsіtе уou hаѵe heгe but I was wanting to κnоw
іf yοu knеw οf any disсussiοn boarԁs that cover thе samе tοpiсs ԁiscussеd in this article?
I'd really love to be a part of online community where I can get comments from other experienced people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thank you! Suggested Website

Anonymous said...

Hi there! Τhis is kind οf οff tοрic
but I neeԁ some guidanсe from an established blog.

Ӏs іt very hard to set uр yοuг οωn blοg?
I'm not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I'm thinking аbout creating mу оwn but I'm not sure where to start. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Thanks helpful hints

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...