Wrists collapsing during sight reading

Heather Reichgott said: May 7, 2013
Heather ReichgottPiano
South Hadley, MA
94 posts

I have been endeavoring to include sight reading on a more regular basis with my students. I have noticed that among the elementary through early middle school age students, there is a distinct tendency for the wrists to collapse to the point of leaning on the key slip during sight reading. This is from students who do not usually have a problem with collapsed wrists during regular playing—only when they are attentively reading an unfamiliar score. It happens with a lot of them. Is this a common problem? Is there a way to address it besides just reminding the poor kids over and over again while they’re also trying to read notes?

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