Diane Hidy’s Sightreading Flashcards Book One (Studio License)
You’ll wonder how you ever taught without this 32-page book. I made these cards for my students to give them plenty of opportunities to practice all the different skills they were acquiring. This series starts with the simplest possible rhythmic patterns on the Landmark notes Middle C, Bass F and Treble G. Each set becomes incrementally more difficult.
Here are a few of the many different ways to use these cards:
- Encourage students to write in their own fingering. This paves the way for making true fingering choices later on
- Circle the thirds before starting to read the flashcards. This helps the student focus on the difference between steps and skips.
- Help your student write in their own staccatos and slurs. Try them out. Talk to them about why they do or don’t like them.
- Help the student add dynamics and phrase marks.
- Print these in their entirety and use them as a book.
- Print them on heavy paper or card stock and cut them into separate cards. Trying sending home a set with a student and ask them to become proficient with each one. At the next lesson, mix them up and play them in random order. It’s a nice combination of preparation and reading.
I wish you every success using my Sightreading Flashcards!
Note: I have intentionally omitted all time signatures, rests and fingerings. You may wish to add each beginning finger number. Each five-finger position has all up or all down stems. This is especially helpful for students with dyslexia and attentional issues. These same accommodations appear in my Attention Grabber books.