Topic: Sight Reading Problem
I have a student that has difficulty in sight reading. I will try describing it best I can. If anyone has the slightest idea of what is going on here please contact me.
When she plays something for the first time she'll play several wrong notes even very slowly. This happens even when she has worked on an exercise for awhile. She has to play something over and over again to actually memorize the notes instead of just reading them in order to play a passage correctly and even then there will be a wrong note here and there. She seems to get lost in the notes and cannot focus well enough to play them correctly. Is this a focusing problem? She seems to get really stuck with certain groups of notes, not all. Scales and arpeggios seem to be ok for the most part. It is an exerecise or technical peice where she has the greatest difficulty. Take a piece of music say in B major; she will begin playing the piece and for no apparent reason play a G natural or a D natural instead of the sharp. Why I ask? She doesn't know; her finger just automatically goes to the natural and cannot remember that the piece is in 5 sharps. Dbl sharps/flats or accidentals are a problem. She'll foget the f dbl sharp a couple notes later. It's like she looking at the notes but NOT seeing them. Are they not regestering or processing fast enough in order for her to play them correctly? She does not have this problem in reading words in a sentance. She reads fine. But when reading music she just simply cannot play all the notes correctly even in a technical piece that she has worked on for a good while. ? She can only read the notes that she is actually playing and make mistakes there too. She cannot read ahead because she can't remember the notes immediately behind so she has to play one note at a time so to speak. A very frustrating problem. She has a great sound, makes great reeds and has a lot of talent. Just this problem. She also has seen her optomitrist describing her problem and wears corrective glasses so it is not an eye problem the Dr. states. Have I described it enough for anyone to recognize? Thanks.
Last edited by ALaubin800 (2007-09-04 08:01:52)