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Name the key of the piece. Find some blocked chords, or broken chords, and identify as many of them as you can.

Find some stepwise passages. Name the scale each passage is based on. What is the first and last note of the stepwise passage?

Clap or tap out the rhythm, counting aloud. Tap with both hands to show RH and LH parts.

Keep playing even if you hit wrong notes. Never stop to fix a mistake.

Play an entire piece without taking your eyes off the music.

Play Cover Up. You will need a partner. Have your partner use a small piece of paper to cover up a measure as soon as you play the first note of it. Repeat on every measure as you play through the piece. When you have no one to cover the measure, see if you can still keep your eyes one measure ahead of the measure your hands are playing.

Increase your field of vision. Fix your eye on the tempo mark of the piece. Play the first line of music, keeping the tempo mark in your peripheral vision. When you can do this easily, try two lines.

Practice singing intervals. Start by singing along as you play; then try singing without the piano.

Count aloud. Play through a piece counting aloud but playing only the first beat of each measure.

Imagine the metronome is your duet partner. It never makes a mistake, so you can’t stop until the end!

Keep score. On each piece you sightread, give yourself 4 points for perfect continuity (no stopping, no correcting mistakes, no cheating!), 3 points for perfect rhythm, 2 points for perfect notes and 1 point for perfect dynamics. See how many scores of 8 or above you can get in a week.

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