An interactive software program to develop pianists' sight-reading ability
Victoria Tsangari, The University of Iowa, United States
The University of Iowa . Awarded
Musical sight-reading, or sight-playing, is defined as “the ability to play music from a printed score or part for the first time without benefit of practice.”1 While this is the most strict definition of the term, also known as “prima vista” (at first sight), some use the term “sight-reading” even if some rehearsal has taken place. Andreas Lehmann and Reinhard Kopiez call sight-reading “the execution—vocal or instrumental—of longer stretches of non- or under-rehearsed music at an acceptable pace and with adequate expression,” 2 therefore adding requirements in terms of quality.
There are many books and a few electronic materials that claim to improve sight-reading ability. At the same time, there are many studies from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and music education that offer insights into the various component skills required for successful sight-reading, supporting the notion that sight-reading is not a singular skill. However, do teaching materials keep abreast of this new information, and do they offer valid and up-to-date instruction? Based on the findings of the scientific literature and on the advice of music pedagogues, what is the most effective way to improve sight-reading? It is the author’s intention to show how pedagogues can take advantage of current research and technology to enhance sight-reading instruction.
Tsangari, V. An interactive software program to develop pianists' sight-reading ability. Ph.D. thesis, The University of Iowa.
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