QUOTE(Seer_Green @ Mar 28 2012, 09:15 PM)
Personally, I think there are some much better sight-reading books out there - there are several series' published by FJH which are extremely well thought through. What I probably like about them is that they are about acquiring to skills to sight-read rather than the skills to sight-read in an exam...
You're right, this isn't a book about "how to sight-read" - but I would deal with that aspect of it myself as the teacher. It's specifically a book of tests which fit the criteria they will meet in the TG exams.
I agree entirely that sight-reading and "doing the sight-reading in an exam" are poles apart, and mostly I don't use sight-reading tests at all - I encourage them to do the reading from their own music. That's how I learnt to sight-read, since I had no lessons between age 10 and 15, at which point I took grade 6 (I did do theory and singing and general musicianship and cello, and I composed and conducted, but I was completely feral where the piano was concerned) and I allowed myself to break all the rules - stopping to correct, repeating notes, slowing down over the hard bits - en route to making myself confident with looking at new music.
However, when it comes to exam preparation you need to be able to "do the exam thing" and look at a short exercise of a particular type and do it the way the examiners want you to: 30 seconds and you're on, no stopping. Many of my less able readers are like rabbits in the headlights when faced with the AB specimen books, and even with Joining the Dots, and so far the coouple that I've tried with it coped better with these TG books.
There are some things in sight-reading that I find very difficult to train, and they may well be to do with aspects of the eyesight that wouldn't ordinarily be picked up by any eye test - I'm not sure
of this, though. But when a bright musical 13-year-old, if asked "is that a line note or a space note?" leans forward to look at the book, and her parents assure me that her optician has said there's no problem, even when asked about reading music, you do wonder. And so much of it is psychological too: I have a boy doing grade 2 who understands all the theory behind anything I could show him - notes, chords, rhythms - yet when told to keep going, keep counting, even if I gently count to help him, he still stops and pulls back after a couple of beats, like falling off the tightrope. He's an excellent quick study, just can't keep it going and hates not keeping up with where he feels he should be.
So these books that you're recommending - do they deal with this sort of problem too?