Hi Steve:

Thanks for the interest. Yes, non-academics who know what they are doing are most appreciated. I read that you are a tenor. Fantastic! I would especially appreciate feedback from someone who does not know how to sight-read for guitar and is willing to try the method. Soon I will post information and scores relating to Units 1-3.

Regarding the content, I would appreciate feedback on a few fronts (listed below). If any of them interest you, please contribute.

What is the best pedagogical approach to creating and organizing the exercises? I will post a few scholarly articles about the best approaches to develop sight-reading. I am trying to incorporate the newest science with my life’s experience when designing the musical exercises. Some questions that may bear answering: Are there enough exercises per unit? Do they flow well from one to another? Is it effective to break the exercises in to the three groups: rhythms alone, pattern pattern recognition (chunking), and cumulative music?

How can we best utilize technology to enhance, not detract from, developing sight-reading skills? For example, studies show that the eyes of good sight-readers focus on music that is approx. 1 second ahead of the pitches that their bodies are producing. This is referred to as the eye-hand span. I’m concerned that if the scores are scrolled in a video, it may preclude the eye from moving forward naturally. Ideas?

What are some useful methods for self-evaluation? I will not be able to evaluate the students and will have to give them criterion for self-evaluation. At this point, I recommend that if the student has played between 60-70% of the pitches and rhythms accurately and without stopping, they are ready to move to the next unit. I don’t have a scientific basis for this. Do these percentages seem correct? Is their another way to gauge that may not involve percentages?