40. I want to improve my sight-reading skills. Will your program help me?

YES, of course!

As a member of PCA, you will develop your sight-reading skills:

  1. As a natural consequence of your practice (by analyzing/practicing your pieces in the detailed, mindful and harmonious manner that I demonstrate in all my tutorials).
  2. By following our step-by-step Sight-Reading Course (that will considerably accelerate your progress).

Before telling you more about this Course – we need to debunk two common modern myths (that you might be affected by):

1. Many piano students nowadays are simply obsessed with sight-reading. They think that good reading skills can replace serious practice (being a miraculous ‘cure’ for all their piano struggles): If I can read a piece flawlessly, there’s no more need to practice it, right? I can play anything straight from the score, and save a lot of time! Tempting, yes – but not real.

2. Some students also think that they can develop their reading skills separately from all their other piano skills. They focus on the quick ‘identification’ of notes, rhythm and finger numbers (which is only a tiny aspect of our art) – and they completely ignore the fundamentals: aural & expressive development – and a healthy, energy-efficient and tension-free technique. As a result, they become clumsy piano ‘typists’ (instead of real musicians).

You will learn more about these myths (and how to get rid of them) by reading the Introductory Articles of our Sight-Reading Course.

Therefore, if you wish to become an excellent sight-reader in only a couple of weeks/months (which, by the way, is impossible!), then our program is not for you :P.

If, on the other hand, you wish to learn how things really work, and make long-lasting progress – our Sight-Reading Course will help you to take your reading skills to a new level of mastery! 8)

This Course consists of 3 main compartments:

I. Introductory Articles:
    1. Developing Good Reading Skills: Understanding How it Really Works.
    2. The Fundamental Principles of Efficient Sight-Reading.
    3. Should We Look at our Hands While Sight-Reading?

These articles are addressed to all levels – and they will help you to acquire a big picture understanding of this topic (according to the holistic professional methodology used in the Russian piano school).

II. Progressive Sight-Reading Lessons:
      Lesson No. 1: Notes and accidentals.
      Lesson No. 2: Repeated and Neighboring Notes. Seconds.
      Lesson No. 3: Scale-like Runs.
      Lesson No. 4: Hidden Two-Part Structures.
      Lesson No. 5: Thirds, Triad Chords and Seventh Chords.
      Lesson No. 6: Slurs.
      Lesson No. 7: Mirror Symmetry.
      Lesson No. 8: Fifths and Sevenths.
      Lesson No. 9: Octaves.
      Lesson No. 10: Fourths.
      Lesson No. 11: Sequences.
      Lesson No. 12: Seconds in Chords.
      Lesson No. 13: The ‘Alberti Bass’ or Hidden Three-Part Structures.
      Lesson No. 14: Sixths.
      Lesson No. 15: Chords.

The progressive Lessons are designed for the late beginner and intermediate levels – but can be followed by advanced students as well.

III. The Score Collection (a supplement for the Sight-Reading Course, comprising 53 progressive pieces).

How to Follow this Course Depending on Your Level:

If you’re an absolute beginner, it’s too early for you to follow this Course – so please be patient! :P

Late beginner level (levels 2-4): I recommend starting the Sight-Reading Course after completing Chapter 2 (Lesson No. 75) of our Course for Beginners (described in FAQ No. 17). If you’re not following our Lessons for Beginners, you can start the Sight-Reading Course after at least 1 year of very serious and consistent practice (ideally – after 2 years).

Intermediate level (levels 4-6): Start the Course anytime you wish! ;)

Advanced students (levels 7+): If you think that your sight-reading skills need some polishing (which is always the case, if you ask me :P) – then give these Lessons a go: you will complete them very quickly – but you will learn a lot in the process! 8)