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date: 15 August 2020

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This chapter discusses sight-reading (also known as playing by sight and prima vista), which refers to the vocal or instrumental execution of longer stretches of non- or under-rehearsed music at an acceptable pace and with adequate expression. It first considers how music notation is perceived before turning to an analysis of the skills involved in sight-reading as well as the real-time conditions under which it takes place. It then examines the perceptual issues and aspects of memory and problem-solving. It also looks at the developmental course of skill acquisition in sight-reading, taking into account the characteristic differences between novices and experts, and concludes by presenting a general outline of sight-reading performance.

Keywords: sight-reading, playing by sight, prima vista, music, music notation, memory, problem-solving, skill acquisition, novices, experts

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