Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A survey of the development of sight-reading skills in instructional piano methods for average-age beginners and a sample primer-level sight-reading curriculum
by Dirkse, Scott, M.M., University of South Carolina, 2009, 85; 1464039
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to evaluate instructional piano methods for the average-age beginner based on their inclusion of activities that promote the development of sight-reading skills. Chapter one consists of an introduction including the purpose and need for the study, limitations of the research, and a survey of the literature. The second chapter summarizes the existing research on sight-reading and identifies four categories of sight-reading skills: topographical awareness of the keyboard, directional reading ability, pattern recognition skills, and effective sight-reading habits. Chapter three consists of a survey of the inclusion of activities and concepts that promote sight-reading skills in specific average-age piano methods during the first two years of study. The final chapter contains a sample sight-reading curriculum at the primer level with concepts and activities that will develop skills that facilitate sight-reading and may be used in correlation with any primer-level method book.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Price, Scott
Commitee: Baker, Nancy, Fugo, Charles
School: University of South Carolina
Department: Piano Pedagogy
School Location: United States -- South Carolina
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Music education
Keywords: Dirkse, Functional, Method, Piano, Sight-read, Sightread
Publication Number: 1464039
ISBN: 978-1-109-12536-8
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