A research conducted by Dianne Hardy in 1998 found that although 86% of Piano teachers polled rated sight-reading as the most important or a highly important skill, only 7% of them said they address it systematically. Reasons cited were a lack of knowledge of how to teach it, inadequacy of the training materials they use, and deficiency in their own sight-reading skills. Teachers also often emphasize rehearsed reading and repertoire building for successful recitals and auditions to the detriment of sight-reading and other functional skills.
100 Progressive Sight Reading Exercises by Edwin Somes (published in 1998) sets out to change this – addressing the issue at hand directly and exhaustively. Language: English.