Sightreading. Solved.

New Piano Adventures Sightreading Coach Offers Smart Assessment Technology to Instantly Grade Rhythm and Pitch During At-Home Practice

Nancy and Randall Faber are pleased to announce the release of their newest digital support tool, the Piano Adventure Sightreading Coach. This innovative technology provides immediate feedback and assessment, making it the perfect companion to the Piano Adventures Sightreading books.

The Sightreading Coach “listens” to the student play along with the score, and instantly grades rhythm and pitch by highlighting incorrect notes and rhythms. Students can practice the exercise as often as they wish, and upload their best performance to the teacher in between lessons. Teachers can monitor student progress without using valuable lesson time, making at-home practice more accurate and efficient.

The app is free to teachers, and contains all the exercise from nine progressive levels in the Piano Adventures Sightreading library—Primer, Levels 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, and Accelerated Levels 1 and 2. These carefully composed variations on the Lesson Book pieces help students see the “new” against the background of the “familiar.” Students play one exercise per day, completing one set per week.

The Sightreading Coach can be used with any piano or keyboard. No cables are required. Access online with the Chrome web browser, or on mobile with iOS and Android apps. Teachers sign up for free, and invite parents and students to the app. Each student is just $2/month after a 30-day free trial. Learn more and download our Quick Start Guide.

11 Responses to “Sightreading. Solved.”

  1. Nanette de Andrade November 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

    That sounds pretty awesome. I don’t have the sight reading books though. I’ll have to order them! Do you want any teachers to feedback to you as we give it a whirl?

  2. Carrie November 7, 2019 at 6:40 pm #

    I am trying to set up an account using my iPad, but it is saying this isn’t compatible with my browser. Can you recommend something I can use instead of Safari?

  3. Brenda Krachenberg November 7, 2019 at 8:07 pm #

    How is that sight reading? If they can keep doing the same exercise over and over, it’s learning a “piece” but isn’t really sight reading.

    • Jon Ophoff November 7, 2019 at 9:43 pm #

      If you prefer, when assigning exercises, under Advanced Options, you may limit the number of attempts, or block listening to the model reference track. You may find your own balance between practice and testing. Hope that helps!

  4. Margaret November 9, 2019 at 3:14 am #

    Can regular Google work or mist it be Google chrome?? How is it used with a PC desktop or laptop? Or tablet or iPad?

    • Jon Ophoff November 11, 2019 at 10:21 pm #

      Hi, Margaret, see my note above about using Chrome or Firefox browsers on desktop computers, and the dedicated apps if using mobile devices (see links above). Hope that helps!

  5. Susan Flinn January 8, 2020 at 8:57 am #

    What a great tool! Looking forward to testing the app on my iPad and with the students. I think it would be a really fun addition to the at-home practice regimen.

  6. Adella Nowowieski January 9, 2020 at 2:15 am #

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  7. Adella Nowowieski January 9, 2020 at 2:16 am #

    I have used the SRB’s since the year they were out! The kids love being able to strike out the pieces as they do them…it is good preparation for the piece upon which they will encounter in the Lesson Book. I usually check in on the SRB’s at least once a month, just to understand if they have been a help for my students. I do check the answers they have given to the occasional “exercise” following a setting; some of the students I might ask, what setting they found the easiest, or, the most difficult, or, the one they liked the best of all 5. Some volunteer that they would extend the Lesson Book version by choosing one or two settings in the SRB as Variations 1 or 2, etc. (creative use of the material)to extend a piece they enjoy. A few have said that they would prefer to not cross out settings because they are favorites, or think that music should not be crossed out (I let them choose to do that or not.). that is a lot of variety on this subject with each student. Lest I not forget to note, some whom I may notice have named a “key” improperly, are happy to know that their beginning attempts at making key judgments get easier as you gain more experience. Unless I have made this comment in error, I would say that all students benefit from using the SRB and that it has made a difference in their understanding of HOW to sightread, and their ability to attempt sight-reading rather than dreading it. Happy camper here!

  8. Janet January 9, 2020 at 3:09 am #

    Thanks Adella, helpful hints!
    Janet