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Advice please, DD 13 taking grade 5 piano struggles with sight reading.

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apprenticemum Fri 23-Aug-13 14:59:18

I shall start by stating the DH & myself are in no way musical which is no help to DD. She has always had a good ear for music and has flown through her piano exams so far. However, in every exam she crashes and burns on sight reading while getting full marks for the rest which pulls her through. From what I understand, she can sight read very slowly which is fine when learning a piece which she can memorise easily but cannot not play straight fom sheet music. As the grade 5 theory looms, she is giong into freefall despondency and I am at a loss to know how to help. She took a year off exams on the condition that she learned other pieces. She chose Einaudi Le Onde which she plays so beautifully that even her rufty tufty uncle was moved to tears, all from memory. These may seem like silly questions but is there some kind of intensive workshop specialising in helping with sight reading and perhaps building the confidence of those who struggle. Her perri teacher seems to think DD is doing ok but DD is so frustrated that I fear she will walk away rather than battle on. The subject has been raised by her on several occasions and up till now, I have managed to talk her round. Can someone please point me in the right direction.

LilyBolero Fri 06-Sep-13 20:10:20

SR is hard for perfectionists. They really need to take on board the idea that keeping going and giving an outline is BETTER than stopping to correct everything.

There's this really difficult thing to shake (esp for girls) which is if they go wrong, they want the examiner to KNOW that THEY know it was wrong. But the examiner wants to know that they can keep going!

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