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Piano Sight Reading

James was commissioned by Trinity College London Press to compose 450 pieces of music for this 3 book series to improve piano sight reading abilities.

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Piano Sight Reading

This progressive method provides a carefully paced approach to the sight reading requirements of Trinity grade exams at Grades 6 to 8. For each grade there are ten lessons, each with a clear area of focus. Stage-appropriate sight reading tips, both general and specific to the instrument, are given along the way.

Each lesson presents four or five preparatory exercises leading to a duet, included to encourage the development of ensemble sight reading skills. While duets are not required for grade exams, they are vital in building confidence and rhythmic fluency. Each duet builds on the same musical ideas as the preceding exercises, consolidating the learning and assisting the student through familiarity.

Official Trinity specimen sight reading tests from Trinity’s Sound at Sight Piano (original series) conclude each grade section. By the time the student has completed the ten lessons they should be well prepared to cope with the demands of these tests. Further specimen tests are available separately in Sound at Sight Piano (2nd series).


Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2021

In-depth Review (link HERE)

Having looked at more than a few sight reading resources over recent years, I find this series especially appealing. As my studio reopens in the coming weeks I’m really looking forward to using the books, and particularly the carefully tailored duets.

A set of sight reading books may not be the sexiest purchase, but this set could really help a lot of players overcome the difficulties and roadblocks commonly associated with developing fluent music reading. I feel that they cover the foundations brilliantly, offering a steady, thorough and foolproof approach.

In my view then, the series easily deserves a Distinction!

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