Re: Sightreading Explanation
Posted by SR Tips on 5/17/2021, 8:27 am, in reply to "Sightreading Explanation"
I've found that the things that your admin are looking for in a lesson are the same as successful sightreading presentations. |
- Active Engagement, not just fingering along, but checks for understanding. (Show your neighbor the fingering for the e flat in measure 23, trumpets. Flutes, touch the key change in measure 35 and show each other the changed note.)
- Is your band paying attention to you, or are their eyes and attentions wandering around the room?
That being said, you CAN just "finger through the music" as you put it, but you'll be in MUCH better shape if you make sure you point out traps. Point out tricky rhythms, entrances, and the like. If you have percussion playing on beat one, and band on beat two, EMPHASIZE that to ALL players.
And above all else - CONDUCT the sight reading the way you'll conduct it for real. Let the kids SEE what you're going to be doing for that additional reinforcement.
You have three minutes to study the score. Use scratch paper and sticky notes ON THE SCORE to point out spots you need to emphasize. Don't ignore a section. Many band directors will tunnel-vision their OWN instrument/family or will ignore the percussion lines altogether, and some of the greatest rhythmic and accent complexity in SR comes in those snare drum lines. Make sure you teach the ENTIRE band during your seven minutes.
Point out who is playing what part with whom. Point out who has the melody. Emphasize dynamics. Emphasize style markings, when they occur.
Above all else, though, make sure your kids play with a strong, characteristic sound throughout the process. Sounding good can make up for a few mistakes - sounding bad can't be overlooked.