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Sight-reading

This is tackled alongside the theory exercises in a progressive way. In book 1 the child progresses from identifying key names to learning how to locate all notes on the treble stave (by jumping up in twos from Middle C). In addition there are a few short sight-reading exercises that use conventional notation (no coloured notes are used for any sight-reading exercises). These early exercises teach the child how to read melodic contours by moving in step. The bass stave is introduced in book 2. By the end of book 3 children will be able to read to grade one sight-reading standard. Although the use of sight-reading exercises is a valuable preparation for moving on to conventional music, the children will actually be learning most about sight-reading by playing with the coloured notation. Because the music is easy to follow they will be actively sight-reading, while they are playing, to a much greater degree than if they were reading conventional notation. The understanding of the basic concepts and rules of notation become absorbed and understood much more reliably.

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