Sight Reading Pages: My quest to help students learn to read music

I've recently updated my music education section with sight reading exercises for Violin.  I use these pretty regularly with students who are on the point of being able to read notes to start them out with some very short and simple things to play to help them read lots of the same notes over and over again. These pages, in conjunction with the All for Strings books by Gerald Anderson and Robert Frost, have been a great way to help beginning students with their note reading skills.

They're still a work in progress, and the eventual goal will be to get them to the point where they can be stuck in a book for beginning students to use as daily warm-ups for note reading.  The pdf's on this sight are still in their early stages and need some refinement, but you can feel free to use them as you wish.  All of these resources will eventually also be made for use with Viola and Cello in the near future.  Here is the Link:  Educational Resources for Violin

The organization so far goes like this:

Solo Sight Reading:
(Note: All of the solo sight reading pages stay on just one string)

Pre-Sight Reading:  These are for students at the very beginning stages of reading notes.  Basic rhythms, and starting out in very small chunks with very simple motion.  There are two stages to this:
1) 1 Measure long note reading, slowly and progressively adding notes in 3 to 4 note segments
2) 2 Measure long note reading

X String Basics:  Open string (on whatever string it happens to be) introducing rhythms (simple quarter and half note patterns) to help with comfort in reading those simple patterns.

X String 0-1: Emphasis on 1st finger with open string and 1st using quarter and half note patterns
X String 0-2: Emphasis on 2nd finger with open string, 1st, and 2nd finger
X String 0-3: Emphasis on 3rd finger with open string, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd finger

X String 1-1 to 1-3: All first finger pitches (excluding 4th finger) using quarter and half note patterns, getting progressively more difficult down the page and from page to page (1-1 is one page, 1-2 another, etc.)

X String 2-1 to 2-? (still in the works on these):  All first finger pitches (still excluding 4th finger) using simple 8th, quarter, and half note patterns.

Duet Sight Reading:

Violin Duets 1-1 to 1-7 (and beyond):  progressively increasing in difficulty, duets with quarter and half patterns on two or more strings.

Violin Duets 2-1 and beyond:  still in the works.  These would introduce 8th note patterns and other tricky things.

Bartolomeo Campagnoli 101 Easy and Progressive Duets:  pieces in the public domain but in a difficult to read format.  I'm taking these and transcribing them in a readable format for use both as pieces but also as sight reading for more advanced students.


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