Sight Reading & Rhythm Every Day is designed to help students achieve an impeccable sense of rhythm which is the first step in successful sight reading, and to develop their skills with key recognition, time signature recognition, pattern identification, interval recognition, and intermediate response to articulation and dynamics.
This series will help the student to develop an internal sense of pulse so that the underlying rhythm in a sight-reading example becomes second nature. This allows the student to concentrate on the other elements of music making. As the books progress, four-measure sight-reading drills for one hand progress into longer pieces for both hands. Students learn the concept of playing from beginning to end without stopping, and every unit ends with a teacher-student duet to reinforce the idea that when sight readers start to play, they do not stop.
Throughout the series, new concepts are gradually introduced to provide adequate reinforcement of each concept. Every day, students are asked to count rhythms, analyse and circle patterns, and play sight-reading examples. The manageable task size and carefully structured format of each unit make progress immediately noticeable, which helps to motivate students.
The carefully crafted musical examples and exercises effectively develop eye, ear, and hand coordination. This series guides students in a simple, straightforward way to develop into students who sight read with ease, accuracy, and musicality.
In the Every Day plan for Book 3A, students learn and practice different rhythmic activities with accent markings, focusing on the dotted quarter note rhythm followed by eighth notes. Tonic and dominant chords are explored, as well as melodic and harmonic intervals of major and minor 2nds and 3rds, and perfect 4ths and 5ths. Extending the usual five-finger pattern by crossing the second finger over the thumb is taught, as well as learning transposition up a fifth interval as well as to the nearest key. Students will develop important skills such as eye, ear, and hand coordination through carefully crafted exercises, and will help turn your students into young artists. Students will play pieces with accents and tenuto markings, as well as learning musical terms such as fortissimo and pianissimo.