Sight Reading Factory
As music students, it’s important to develop all areas of your musicianship. On top of working on your repertoire, it’s a great idea to add aural training and sight-reading into your practise routine.
One amazing tool that I recommend to my students is Sight Reading Factory (sightreadingfactory.com). You can use it as it suggests – to practise sight reading and sight singing – but it is also a fantastic aural tool, particularly for practising melodic dictation exercises.
The site has recently become a paid site, but it does offer a variety of exercises for free, with no signup required. It’s easily customisable to suit your skill level – you just punch in your instrument, and the rhythms, pitches, time signatures, and key signatures you’re familiar with. The site then gives you a short melody for you to try out your sight reading.
For sight singing exercises, you can click on the ‘Opening Pitch’ button to hear your starting note. Additionally, you can use the melody as a melodic dictation exercise, just be sure not to look at the music notation. Instead, click the play button in the top right corner, and do your best to write out the melody you heard. You can listen three or four times, then check your work against the music notation on the site.
Happy sight reading!
Words by Kim.