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Sight Reading Online

This morning, I just did a Google search of online resources for sight reading. There are LOADS of different websites. Has anyone had success with these websites? Is there one you would recommend, if at all?
on August 28, 2015 10:33am
For teaching purposes or for yourself?  I really like teoria.com.  They have interval excercises, rhythmic dictation, melodic dictation, and also excellent excercises and explanations of basic music theory:  Build an A major scale.  Correctly identify what type of minor scale this is...
 
For straight up sight reading practice, I hit youtube for an obscure early music piece I don't know, that has the music scrolling by on the screen, and sing along with the alto part.  There are also tens of thousands of scores available for free download on CPDL that often have a sound file available along with them.  Pick a few new pieces a day and try to sing along accurately.  
 
It's all about volume as far as I'm concerned.  We teach kids the basics of reading, and then encourage them to read for 15 minutes a day, and then a half hour, and then an hour a day.  They pick up way more in context by just starting to read, slowly and imperfectly, than we could ever hope to sit and "teach."  Same with music.  Learn the basics, and then do a bit of sight reading every day, reading along with a person or a recording that is correct and that just keeps going in tempo, so you can tell when you make a mistake but you don't have to dwell over it, you're already moving on to the next note and the next note.  
 
For real beginners, or a warm up before you've had your coffee, try just reading the rhythm.  Try to tap or clap along with the rhythm of one line, so you don't have to worry about pitches.  (Sneakily, this is still working your reading of pitches, because you're still seeing them on the page, and hearing the correct pitch, even if you aren't singing it yourself.)  The brain is a marvelous machine...  
on August 29, 2015 5:30am
If you are already comfortable with how to teach sight singing and you are looking for unlimited examples at a great price, the best online resource is Sight Reading Factory.  https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/
Once I have taken my beginners through S-Cubed Middle School Sight Singing Program for Beginners and their sight singing techniques are in place, I use Sight Reading Factory because I am able to project the examples onto my SmartBoard.  No copying...no need to purchase books again.  
 
Dale Duncan
Creator of S-Cubed
on August 29, 2015 7:28am
I've been using SightReadingFactory.com for a couple of years and absolutely love it.  There's a sight reading exercise on my smart board as each class comes in every day.  Great program!
 
Randi Carp
Phoenixville Area HS
Phoenixville, PA
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