Ready to Read Music: Sequential Lessons in Music Reading Readiness
In comparing Ready to Read Music: Sequential Lessons in Music Reading Readiness to other products already in our catalog, I would have to describe this book as a sort of pared-down version of Essentials of Music Theory, also by Alfred Publishing. In a single volume, Ready to Read Music contains all the information necessary to begin sight reading music. This reproducible textbook consists of four units of eight lessons each. The unit titles are Staff, Clefs, Notes; Rhythm; Pitch; and More Musical Symbols and Terms. I really appreciate that the text and music symbols are a nice comfortable size - easy for reading. A bonus section at the back of the book contains over twenty-five pages of large, reproducible music symbols. The book's introduction suggests using these for bulletin boards or for flash card learning. Answers to review exercises sprinkled throughout the text are also at the back, following the reproducible music symbols. Other perks include a removable comb binding for ease in photocopying, and a certificate of completion signifying the student is indeed ready to read music. 120 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel P.
I supplement this with a simple beginning piano music piece so the students can see and hear the notes and rests.