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Studio Class 25


Dr. Jason Kihle, Associate Professor of Percussion

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

  • If music is like a language…then what are you saying?
    • Music is like a language, only we often learn it much differently from how we learn a spoken language
  • For any musician, the question is “how well do you speak”?
    • For drum set, how many words do you know?
    • For marimba, how fluently can you play?  Or do you stop and start a lot?
    • How often do you practice speaking?
    • Do you talk with other people who speak your language?  (Or do you sit in a room by yourself and talk only to yourself?  Or, do you only listen and never say anything?)
  • How do you practice speaking?
    • Practice where you can allow yourself to make mistakes
    • If you are practicing something that’s written down, practice CORRECTLY (usually this means go slower) and with a metronome
    • Listen to music, then play along with it 
    • But most importantly, play with other musicians

The Sightreading Process

  • Scan the Music
  • Estimate the Difficulty
  • Set a Tempo
  • Don’t Stop
  • Do It Again

What you must do

  • Generally, time signatures only get in the way
  • COUNT!: in the beginning, count out loud, because once you stop counting out loud you stop counting altogether


  • Get more of it right than wrong
  • Don’t look down

The Game of Sightreading

  • Don’t look down
  • Don’t stop