Hate.Hate.Hate.Hate—and I totally did a copy-paste of the word so I wouldn’t have to write it three more times.* If you don’t know what sight-reading is, you are either a very lucky rational being, or you are not a musician. Sight-reading is simply the act of reading sheet music—you know, an older medium than Spotify?**
Two years of my life were dedicated to such abhorrent act. My first two years in university were filled with despair when another Keyboard Skills tutorial was about to start. I learned to hate my tutor without a sensible reason when he would say “you have to practice every day for 20 minutes”, I DID PRACTICE EVERY DAY FOR 20 MINUTES. I seriously did. But it wasn’t enough…
I began to think that because I was a mature student and thus older than my peers, I wasn’t able to grasp such an ability as quickly. Maybe that was it. Or maybe it wasn’t, I don’t effing know! What I know is that I failed all my KS exams and had to resit them.
But the point of this post is not the drama. In fact, it is the fact that I will have to sight-read on a daily basis if I want to teach in higher education – that’s a given. Now…give me one more year, one more summer, and I will practice so much that I will sight-read…no, I won’t. It’s hard af.
*but then spent 19 words explaining it.
**hashtag: never will be a sponsor. Do people write “hashtag” in prose? With me being a musician and all, I feel that it should be a “sharp”.