Leonie Thompson

Melbourne Piano Teacher and Pianist

Teaching Resources

SIGHTREADING Adventure Board

Posted by leonie.thompson on July 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM

The more new music you read, the better your sightreading will become!

And having good sightreading skills means you can read more new music and learn your music faster (by speading up the long note learning process). Think of it as a key to unlock any music you've ever wanted to play!

SO! Why not turn sightreading into a game!

I made a sightreading board, which I have with me in students' lessons. After pin-pointing what aspect of reading music they need to practice - like note naming, interval distance, patterns, shapes, repititions etc - I'll draw a pathway of notes with a treasure chest at the end. Once they finish with no mistakes and unlock the treasure chest, they get a prize from my incentives box.

The level of difficulty can be managed too: Chose the treble or bass clef, or both! Chose to test single melodic lines, melody with accompaniment, chords and inversions, or transcribe a Chopin etude!! All levels benefit from this.

Below are the instructions to make your own!


  • 2 x A4 sheets of paper
  • 2 x A4 card board sheets (or bigger if possible)
  • Clear contact (the kind you protect school books with)
  • Ruler
  • Permanent Marker
  • Whiteboard Marker
  • Sticky Tape


  1. Sticky Tape the 2 A4 pages together, long ways / landscape view.
  2. Attach the cardboard behind this pages to reinforce them.
  3. Take the Ruler and Permanent Marker and Draw 10 equally spaced lines, with a double gap between the middle lines (you are currently creating the lines and spaces of the grand staff. The double gap is important).
  4. As carefully as you can, completely cover the front of the newly drawn music lines with the clear contact. You can wrap the contact all the way around if easier. I find lying the contact sticky side up on the floor is easiest, then lay the music face down and smooth over to avoid those annoying wrinkles.
  5. Use the Whiteboard Marker to START DRAWING! A treble clef and Bass clef is a good place to start... Or an invention maybe?
  6. A tissue will easily wipe the board clean for the next person.

Have Fun!

Leonie x

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