|Our Approach To Sightreading
Phase 1 - TMEA allows 30 seconds of study time. Use them wisely. Remember that you can earn 50% of the points for pitch and 50% of the points for rhythm.
Phase 2 - Quickly scan the exercise for problem rhythms or intervals. Establish how the exercise begins and ends. At least one of these pitches will be "DOH"
Phase 3 - Establish a steady beat for study. You may read fast and perform the actual excercise slowly. If all else fails, read the exercise on a neutral syllabel. You are only graded on pitch and rhythm.
Phase 4 - Try to read the exercise without rhythmic error. Remember to practice outloud.
Phase 5 - Quickly review any problem intervals and spot the location of "DMS" in case you need a place to recover.
Phase 6 - Take a slow breath and listen for the "DMS" pitches to be played. You may sing with these pitches.
Phase 7 - Read the exercise slowly. Try to look ahead so that you can anticipate the next interval. Remember that good sightreading music will contain melodic patterns, phrases or scales. You may want to conduct or tap the beat softly.
Phase 8 - If you stumble, You may start over. You are only graded the first time you actually sing a particular measure. If you are lost, it would be better to begin again and finish accurately than to stumble through the entire exercise.
Phase 9 - Do NOT lose your cool in the audition. Many students lose the opportunity for success by reacting to a mistake. Sing with confidence and certainly always remain professional as you leave the audition. Do not say anything or comment on your performance.
These are the actual sightreading pages. The examples are grouped in sets of 10. Each set will contain new and more challenging intervals and rhythms. As different types of exercises are created, new sections will be added.