316: Blitzing Sight Reading and Aural Tests with Samantha Coates
In today’s replay episode, internationally regarded piano pedagogue and presenter Samantha Coates joins Tim to blitz through sight reading and aural tests. Sam is the creator and publisher of BlitzBooks, the music education series that has brought laughter and creativity to music theory, sight-reading, and piano repertoire. Learn how to improve your aural skills and sight reading using an integrated approach. You’ll also learn why certain elements of music are important, how to develop your ear training and finally, why and how to use it in piano teaching. Now whether or not you have students preparing for exams, I think you’ll really enjoy today’s discussion on these crucial musical skills.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
Why isn’t there more focus on aural skills and sight reading.
Why you should be making sight-reading a priority.
The most important element of teaching sight reading.
What makes someone a good sight-reader.
Why knowing note names isn’t that relevant.
A funny anecdote from one of Sam’s presentations.
How to use an integrated approach to aural skills.
Why single-note flashcards are a waste of time.
Why rhythm and feel is more important than notes.
Fun rhythm activities that actually work.
What are aural tests really testing?
Why singing in music lessons for all instruments is VITAL and how to get it happening.
Samantha Coates is an internationally regarded piano pedagogue and presenter. She is the creator and publisher of BlitzBooks, the music education series that has brought laughter and creativity to music theory, sight-reading, and piano repertoire. Samantha’s sense of humour and ability to connect with students through her books and online resources reflect her ongoing dedication to making all areas of music accessible, enjoyable and memorable. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Music degree (Sydney Conservatorium) as well as several performance diplomas. She is well known for her entertaining presenting style, and is regularly invited to speak at conferences around the world on a wide range of pedagogical topics. Samantha has never lost touch with what students want; she has been running her piano studio in Sydney for over three decades and is passionate about helping students to work towards the goal of a lifetime association and love of music.
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