Advanced Sight-Reading Curriculum - Part 3


Introduction (1)

Playing by ear might seem to be the very antithesis of sight-reading. In sight-reading, information is drawn from a written score through the eyes, whereas in playing by ear, the music is reconstituted from aural memory using the inner ear, without the aid of a score. In reality though, sight-reading is not merely a mechanical decoding of notation with the eyes, but a highly complex activity that relies heavily on the inner ear and aural memory. All the music that we have ever played and heard helps us to navigate the music that we have never played or heard. We...

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