What educators are saying...
“Teaching Sight Reading has become a passion for me. For Choir directors to get an accurate read on where an individual student is with their sight reading is almost impossible and is currently not part of our teaching methods for 2 reasons: We don’t have the time to evaluate each student individually and we don’t have the tools to get proper feedback on what our students are able to do. “Tools For Conductors” has created a quick way to get an accurate assessment of each student’s ability to sight read music. Having this information has influenced so many parts of my teaching from picking music to teaching the pieces. No MORE POUNDING NOTES AT THE PIANO. Choristers that learn to read become lifelong singers that don’t need a pianist playing parts for them. What better gift can we give our students?
“Sight reading is key in creating musically literate choral singers. The 4-Minute Mastery program is an essential tool in my classroom. It is quick, easy to use and my students feel successful.”
My kids are TOTALLY buying in to 4-Minute Mastery. I am not surprised by this. Simply grateful for their understanding of how this can help their PMA … their Personal Musical Accountability. This is our mantra for the year!
“My 7th and 8th grade students and I highly enjoy the 4 -Minute Mastery program. I like how it includes everything in one place – rhythmic counting, note names, solfeggio names, and part reading. The students like trying to beat the clock. The greatest aspect is how quickly the class is improving and their ability to transfer what they are learning in the mastery program with the music we are performing in class.”
“Teaching sight reading is an investment of time which benefits your choir and each singer. 4 minute mastery covers the basics of choral music reading in an organized and concise manner and allows me to work on the necessary skills daily without taking large chunks of rehearsal time.”
“Sight reading is the key to musical freedom. For the last three years I have been using four minute mastery to varying capacities, some with my k-6 choir, Cantamus, with my 7-12 choir, Opus Dei, and my new 6th grade public school choir. Speaking just for myself, I, who have a piano background have grown as a sight singer this year more than all my years combined. And then there are the students. If I’m growing, they are too! I’m amazed at their acquisition of the sight reading fundamentals. They are reaching the goal of independent musicianship.”
“Reading and understanding written music is a primary goal for every one of my middle school band and choir students. Their level of overall confidence increases and their problem solving skills within rehearsal for themselves and for those around them skyrocket. With daily practice on rhythm or note-reading exercises at the appropriate level, I see them experience small successes and start itching for more. When they finally do “solve the puzzle” for themselves, they are relieved and start to believe that decoding all those dots and gibberish is within their grasp after all. 4-Minute Mastery supports and advances those goals.”
“My students look forward to sight singing with this (4-Minute Mastery) system. They enjoy the fact that the materials become progressively more difficult and that they are successful with this approach.”