Kindergarten and Grade 1 children spend a lot of time learning what are called “sight words”; words that they can look at and recognize immediately without having to employ any sort of reading strategy to figure it out. Words like “the”, “and”, “where” etc. Without knowing these words at sight, learning to read is a pretty arduous task; every single word on the page would have to be individually decoded. It tires me out just thinking about it… and when you’re 6 years old it is that much more daunting.
My daughter’s kindergarten teacher called these sight words “popcorn words” because they continually “pop up” in everything you read.
Sight Words on The Piano
Did you know we have an equivalent to sight words when teaching piano? If piano students learn to recognize these things at sight, without having to spend any time figuring them out, then their sight-reading and fluidity increases ten fold. What are piano students’ sight words? What keeps “popping up”? Intervals!
If your piano students can learn to instantly recognize both melodic and harmonic intervals, then half (maybe even more than half!) of their work is done! Your students will no longer need to mentally work out each and every note on their page. And before you know it, they can even use their “sight interval” knowledge to decode chords too.
Make it Stick… With Fun!
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