Evaluating new approaches to teaching of sight-reading skills to advanced pianists

Zhukov, Katie (2014) Evaluating new approaches to teaching of sight-reading skills to advanced pianists. Music Education Research, 16 1: 70-87. doi:10.1080/14613808.2013.819845

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Author Zhukov, Katie
Title Evaluating new approaches to teaching of sight-reading skills to advanced pianists
Journal name Music Education Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-3808
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14613808.2013.819845
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 70
End page 87
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper evaluates three teaching approaches to improving sight-reading skills against a control in a large-scale study of advanced pianists. One hundred pianists in four equal groups participated in newly developed training programmes (accompanying, rhythm, musical style and control), with pre- and post-sight-reading tests analysed using custom-made software that provided four scores on accuracy: two on pitch and two on rhythm. Mixed-design ANCOVAs were used to analyse the performance data, showing improvement in one rhythm and one pitch variable for each of the training groups and progress in pitch for the control group. The results suggest that training does develop various aspects of sight-reading and that additional sight-reading activities enhance post-test performance. The curriculum combining all three teaching strategies is being currently trialled. Future research needs to focus on instruments other than piano to formulate generic approaches to teaching of sight-reading skills.
Keyword Sight-reading
Advanced pianists
Experimental design
Software for analysis of performance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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