Daily Sight Reading Practice

Deena said: Sep 12, 2012
 9 posts

Does anyone know if any books or collection of worksheets that come with a CD for practicing sight reading? I’d like to start doing daily sight reading practice at home with my son, and I’d like to use an audio recording as a means to check whether or not he correctly sight read the new material. I am not a musician so having the audio to check would be very helpful.

Laura said: Sep 12, 2012
Laura Appert SpringhamViolin, Viola
33 posts

I use “Strings Fun and Easy” by David Tasgal. It has a CD with interesting and fun accompaniments and goes at a slow pace for really learning how to read. You can order the books directly from his website: www.familystringmethod.com

Jennifer Visick said: Sep 13, 2012
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
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Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
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Barb said: Sep 13, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Fiddle Time Joggers could probably be used this way. If you want to use something with a recording, you’ll just have to make sure to NOT listen in advance. :-) I use Cello Time Joggers as a supplement to Suzuki, but have the kids listen to learn by ear (along with reading if they’re old enough). These feature a variety of styles, btw, not only fiddle music.

Barb
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Cathy Wilson said: Apr 5, 2013
 1 posts

Sight Reading for Strings (www.ilovetoreadmusic.com) works ideally with Suzuki method.

Jennifer Renton said: Apr 17, 2013
 1 posts

We use Sight Reading for Strings, too, and I’ve been very happy with it. You can use it with a keyboard or piano to check the notes—the flash cards show you where the note is on a keyboard if, like me, you don’t play one. The note-reading book asks the child to sing the name of the note or the count of the beat while they play (and you can do it along with them). It progresses one step at a time, so even if you are learning a new clef—I had to learn Viola clef to help my son—you won’t need any outside authority.

Barb said: Apr 25, 2013
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Has anyone here used Right@Sight? That one is for cello… HERE is the violin book one. These have CDs included. I would love to hear from anyone who may have tried this series.

Barb
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Suzanne Edwards said: Apr 26, 2013
Suzanne Edwards
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Charlotte, NC
28 posts

I’m so glad I recently subscribed to the daily digest! This week I came across www.sightreadingfactory.com. It is WONDERFUL. You can buy a teacher package including student access, kind of like with the SAA’s Parents as Partners. You get a discount rate for the students, but with it costing less and less per student rate as you purchase more. But you have to buy them in a package deal at once. You can add more student accounts later but the discount rates reset. Since I’m not sure how the parents will respond, I just bought the teacher = $29.99 + 1 student at $25.99 and then I’ll add more later if there is interest. Otherwise I’ll just use it in my studio. I’m not sure if I read this right, as I have just now purchased a year subscription, but it sounds like you can see through your teacher account the student usage per student access code. I’m not sure on this.

Anyway, what does Sightreadingfactory.com do?! It automatically generates sightreading exercises that have some nice logic and musicality to them. 1) choose instrument 2) what level and it shows you the note range, rhythm, rests, (leaps, dynamics, accidentals, articulation and ties you can toggle on or off) 3) time signature 4) key signature.

Press generate Sight Reading and poof… it comes up with an exercise based off of that criteria.

The most wonderful thing is on the left frame, you can push the listen button and it will play a digital instrument sounding playback with dynamics, articulation etc.

If you want another with the same criteria, just press the “Another one” button and it creates another in the same key, etc as you chose before. If you want to change keys or any other part, you just go back under settings.

You need internet connection to use it, as it is a web app. BUT, it works GREAT on my iPad, which I just set up on the music stand like a book!

Fantastic! I’m so happy I won’t have to compose these each week during NYSSMA season anymore. Instead I can play and challenge my sightreading too! The level 6 is great!

I’ll report back later how it works, but I used a demo version yesterday when we ran out of my composed ones with a level 4 student and wow… it was great!

dlbryant07, this sounds exactly like what you are looking for. A dynamic sightreading source that you can hear back if you played it correctly.

Happy Sight Reading!

Sue

Suzanne Edwards said: Apr 26, 2013
Suzanne Edwards
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Charlotte, NC
28 posts

I should add to this…. no Piano. Bummer.

But it has Voice, Guitar, Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion and Ensemble

The Ensembles include: Concert Band, String Orchestra, and Choir. Imagine this on a Smart Board!

Good stuff. Bummer there is no piano version.

Sue

Deena said: Jul 14, 2013
 9 posts

Thanks Suzanne! I’m going to try this out

Lori Bolt said: Jul 15, 2013
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
229 posts

Suzanne ~ sightreadingfactory.com has now added piano :)

It looks like a good program, and the student price goes down with more students, but I think you need to sign up for all the student accounts you want at once (can’t add them later to your existing accounts) to get the better price. Maybe a teacher can buy more accounts than needed and add the names later….not sure. I don’t (yet) have a lap top or iPad type device so haven’t purchased the program.

Lori Bolt

Jane Cavanagh said: Jun 3, 2014
 1 posts

I used to subscribe to Sight Reading Factory and it's really really good!

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Sue Hunt said: Oct 27, 2014
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
391 posts

I’m trying it out now and I really love it. My sight singing is really improving.

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