Learn to read music with Etude Sight Reader - a MIDI software music education program - Download a free trial version

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 Version 1.1 now available.
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  • Windows 9x, Me, NT4, 2000, or XP
  • MIDI interface for your PC (many Sound Cards have one), and a Windows driver for it
  • MIDI keyboard or other MIDI input device
  • Sound Card or MIDI Keyboard/Synth for listening to MIDI results
  • Display driver and monitor: at least 800x600, 256-color. Suggested settings are 1024x768, 64k color

Etude Sight Reader - teaching sheet music notation

Etude Sight Reader

Etude Sight Reader is a Music Sight-Reading Trainer for the PC.

Etude Sight Reader presents you with musical notes and phrases to which you respond by playing the notes or phrase on your MIDI instrument.

And Etude Sight Reader indicates your correct and wrong notes on the screen.

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Etude Sight Reader makes it easy to learn to read music.


Note recognition - practice for notes and chords
Phrase playing to practice correct rhytm, note and rest timing and durations
Instant visual feedback
Gradual increase in difficulty, adding single elements at a time
Example phrases to illustrate rhythmic elements
Randomized choice of notes and phrases to discourage "learning by ear"
Control the program via your MIDI keyboard {New in Version 1.1}
Create your own lesson files with a MIDI editor/sequencer

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Why Sight-Read?

The ability to read a musical phrase at sight is considered invaluable by the vast majority of musicians.
  • Sight-reading ability gives one access to the vast literature of published sheet music - Classical, Jazz, Contemporary and all other styles
  • Musicians who can sight-read are much more likely to get work as session musicians, for recording and for live performance
  • The ability to sight-read greatly speeds up one’s training as a musician because he or she is able to read examples, studies and exercises

Problems of Learning Sight-Reading

Traditional methods of learning to sight-read often require a teacher to spend long periods of time with the student, giving feedback and correction. The student is encouraged to practice sight-reading at home, but here he or she is deprived of the feedback of the teacher. Many students learn the piece they are reading through repetition, so that after a few times through, they are not really practicing reading anymore, but are playing the piece from memory.

Many misconceptions regarding sight-reading are prevalent, such as:

  • it is “too difficult to learn”
  • it “takes too much time”
  • it is “only necessary for Classical Music”
However, many musicians who have a good sight-reading ability agree that the only secret to this skill is lots of practice.

Etude Sight Reader makes practice time much more productive and more enjoyable

How Etude Sight Reader Improves the Process of Learning Sight-Reading

  • Both Note Recognition and Timing (rhythm) are addressed. All key signatures and accidentals are supported. In Note Mode, Etude SR will even adapt the time allowed for a note or chord dynamically in response to how quick the student is.
  • The difficulty of the sight-reading material may be gradually increased from easy to more difficult. A single new note, rest, duration, accidental, or other element may be added at a time, resulting in a smooth increase of ability
  • Etude SR provides instant feedback to the student about his playing, indicating correct and wrong notes and timing. This allows the student to practice more effectively without a teacher
  • Etude SR forces playing “in time” to a metronome – one of the aspects of sight-reading discipline most frequently neglected
  • Etude SR randomizes the musical material presented, to prevent students from “learning” the material by ear, rather than reading it on sight
  • If you are a music teacher interested in creating your own lesson files, please consult the Etude Lesson File Spec , or contact us for information.


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