Date of Award

Spring 4-25-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)

Department

Music

First Advisor

Harumi Rhodes

Second Advisor

Dr. Margaret Berg

Abstract

Sight-reading is a necessary skill for violin students of all ages. Whether a student is in a school orchestra, preparing for an audition, interested in playing chamber music at a wedding or special event, or aspiring to be a professional orchestral musician, the ability to sight-read well and comfortably is invaluable. Many students tend to cringe at the thought of sight-reading, especially in an audition or in a public setting, and the initial reading of a new solo piece can be daunting. Therefore, it is necessary to teach sight-reading in the private lesson environment. More specifically, it is important to focus on developing particular musical skills necessary for sight-reading. Chapters 1 and 2 will include a list of core sight-reading skills, a review of existing string sight-reading method books, and information from three private violin teachers about their methods, philosophies, and resources. Supported by research about best practices for teaching sight-reading, current method books on the market, and interviews of the three private teachers, Chapter 3 contains a one-year plan for integrating sight-reading into the private lessons for an eighth grade violin student.

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