Evaluating new sight-reading course for advanced pianists

Zhukov, K. (2012). Evaluating new sight-reading course for advanced pianists. In: 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education, Thessaloniki, Greece, (). 15-20 July 2012.

Author Zhukov, K.
Title of paper Evaluating new sight-reading course for advanced pianists
Conference name 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education
Conference location Thessaloniki, Greece
Conference dates 15-20 July 2012
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Published abstract
Language eng
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Abstract The paper reports on the trial of a new sight-reading curriculum for university pianists, based on the findings from a research project at the University of Queensland that developed new pedagogies for teaching of sight-reading skills to advanced pianists. Sight-reading of music is often viewed as an inborn talent rather than a skill that can be trained. Research into sight-reading has been fragmented, with few studies using similar approaches. The literature suggests that the size of accompanying repertoire, rhythm training and understanding of characteristics of different styles are some of the factors contributing to fluent sight-reading. These three areas formed the basis for new pedagogies that were evaluated against a control group in a large-scale study, showing improvement in sight-reading skills after training. The three approaches were bundled into a single sight-reading curriculum for higher education that is being trialled in late 2011- early 2012 in four tertiary institutions in small tutorials and studio lessons. The course consists of 10 weeks of materials, each week focusing on three areas: rhythm training, understanding of mainstream musical styles and duet playing. The content is intended for quick study only. The Rhythm training section focuses on application of basic rhythms in simple and compound time to simple melodic material, progressing to longer mixed rhythmic patterns. The aim of the Style section is to develop the analytical understanding and practical experience of characteristics of each style, in particular structure, harmony, melodic shape and typical formulas. The playing of pieces in Duet section improves horizontal eye movement and ability to count and keep the pulse. The repertoire for the course was developed by the researcher in collaboration with the participating staff. Staff and students have the opportunity to post comments on dedicated website throughout the course. This feedback together with a formal curriculum evaluation at the end of the first implementation and input from International Reference Group will be used to refine the materials for the second trial. Students’ perceptions of the impact of the curriculum on their sight-reading skills are being evaluated through questionnaires. A commercial release of the curriculum is planned for the end of 2012.

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Created: Fri, 05 Oct 2012, 15:37:01 EST by Dr Katie Zhukov on behalf of School of Music