Are you ready for it?
Most people are okay with the requirements of a music audition except for the sight reading portion.
That’s where they would rather crawl into a hole and hope for the best. (Sound familiar?)
It doesn’t have to be this way, especially if you are working on it all the time.
Sight reading is a good skill to develop on a regular basis. Don’t wait until that looming audition approaches before you get started.
Do something now.
The more you do it, the better you get.
The better you get, the less you have to practice in order to learn the music in the first place.
Do I have your attention now?
I sure hope so.
What They’re Looking For
Why do you think they include sight reading as part of the audition process? To see what your true skills are. They need to know how long it will take you to learn your part.
Anybody can do anything well, as long as, they have plenty of time to practice. BUT, major professional (and non-professional) groups don’t have the extra time to sit around and wait until you can finally master the music.
They need you to be able to do this NOW! This is the expectation for anyone getting paid to perform.
So, let’s explore the logistics of how we can go about doing this…
How To Prepare
1. Sight read music that is at least 1 level (or more) lower than where you are currently.
2. Move slowly with intense focus trying to execute everything as accurately as possible.
3. With the mistakes you make, don’t focus on them. Immediately let go of them and keep moving forward. Dwelling on them will cause you to keep making mistakes.
4. Make sure you take time to look over the entire music before getting started. Never jump in immediately without looking ahead and thinking through everything on the page.
In an audition, the judges will wait for you. Don’t let that awkward silence bother you during the actual audition. This is normal. Judges would expect you to take your time and think through the music before getting started.
My Final Advice
Continue sight reading as a normal part of your practice regime even after the auditions. Allow yourself to keep growing in your skills all the time.
If you truly love music, you will be able to do what it takes to persevere and succeed. Keep at it and never give up. You will be glad that you did!