Category Archives: sight reading


7 reasons for using sol-fa in piano lessons

Teachers are often a bit scared of using sol-fa in piano lessons. Yet sol-fa is such a useful tool for piano teachers and once learnt is a real time-saver. Sol-fa is the use of singing names for vocal pitch: doh, rah, mi, fah, soh, lah, ti. doh’. As pitch cannot be seen, sol-fa helps our […]

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Mnemonics in music reading: help or hindrance?

Do your young piano pupils struggle to fully grasp reading music notation? Do some pupils drop out because they can’t seem to get the hang of it despite your best efforts to help them? For teachers this can be very frustrating. Often, we wonder what exactly the problem is. USING MNEMONICS One traditional way of […]


What is sight-reading? We’ve been back out and about on social media again this week asking you to share your thoughts about this and other questions related to this important topic. WHAT IS SIGHT-READING? Back in 1778 Mozart wrote that the goal is ‘to play the piece…so as to make believe that it had been […]

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  The ABRSM’s newest app – the Sight-Reading Trainer – was launched last month. Designed to help pupils ‘develop the skills to quickly spot the key features, patterns and characteristics in music before you play it’ this new sight-reading app costs £4.99 and is available on the App Store and Google Play. For that you get a […]

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101 Curious Blogs – and counting!

Whoo-hoo! This is our 101st post on The Blog! To celebrate here are some of our favourite blogs that feature resources and videos. 10 TOP TIPS FOR ONCE A MAN One of the first blogs we ever published! The song Once a man fell in a well has to be one of my all-time favourites. […]

Seven steps to sight-reading success: part 1

‘And now for the sight-reading….’ Whenever I utter these words as an ABRSM examiner the reaction can be quite a dramatic one ranging from ‘oh, this is my worst part!’ to floods of tears. Yet, should sight-reading really be such a feared and dreaded part of the exam or are the negative reactions symptomatic of […]