Sight reading software.The traditional way to get material for sight reading practice is to order loads of sheet music you’ve never seen before. This has a number of drawbacks:

  1. It takes time to find music written for your instrument and at the proper difficulty level. Then you have to wait for it to ship. By the time it finally arrives you may have lost your motivation to practice.
  2. Since paper sheet music has no way of embedding a correct performance for you to hear, you’re on your own if you find yourself unsure of how to play something. You could also be making mistakes that you aren’t even aware of, because there is no way to check.
  3. It’s finite. Once you reach the end of your stack of music, that’s it. You have to order more if you want new sight reading practice.
  4. Who needs more paper? It’s burdensome to keep and wasteful to throw away.

Sight reading software like SightReadingMastery addresses each of these issues:

  1. Music is organized by instrument into carefully thought-out grade levels, and you can get started immediately online.
  2. It provides high-quality audio playback with every exercise, so you can catch mistakes before they become habits.
  3. The library is ever expanding, and you get access to new pieces every month.
  4. A paperless solution is greener, less hassle and it makes sense for sight reading practice, where each piece is usually only played through one time. In cases where you do still prefer to have the music on paper, it can easily be printed out.

Related reading

Third-party reviews of SightReadingMastery
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Grade Levels for SightReadingMastery

Evan R. Murphy

Evan is a musician, music teacher, software engineer and the founder of SightReadingMastery. Realizing how important sight reading is to unlocking opportunities in music, he started SightReadingMastery in 2011 to help musicians develop this valuable skill. He currently lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Rebecca.

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