QUOTE(jean @ Mar 16 2011, 11:23 AM)
I have a student entered for Grade 5 piano this week. She is incredibly hard-working and pieces,scales and aural tests are excellent BUT her sight reading is awful!. We have spent long hours working on it but it is still almost non-existent. If she performs badly in the exam and fails this element can she still pass on the strength of her performance in other areas ?
I know it's the stable door and the bolting horse - my reply is too late.
But what a strange set of responses....
I can see everyone saying "yes you CAN pass, even with rotten sight-reading", but no-one saying "why do you think it is rotten?"
To me as a teacher, I need to understand what's wrong so I can work out how to fix it. As a teacher, I don't understand this "planning to fail that section and checking if she can still pass".
What did you do in those "long hours" that didn't work?
How much sight-reading material did you give her to take home? I have a 50-page pack of material suitable for guitar Grades 1-2, and a 50-page pack for Grades 3-4, and for higher grades, a limitless supply of easy graded pieces.
How many times do you let her play the piece in front of you?
Where does it go wrong? Rhythm, notes, key signature?
How does she recover? Dump the cr*p and move on, or get flustered?
Do you play duets with her to force her to play to time?
I'm much rather we discussed how to solve the problem than how to ring-fence it :-)