Welcome to Piano Sight Reading!
Hi! I’m Manu, and I’m passionate about helping pianists become great sight-readers.
Is sight-reading one of your weaknesses? Do you wish you knew how to improve your sight-reading? Not sure where to start? Or maybe you’re frustrated because you spend so much time trying to get better at sight-reading but you don’t see any results?
If this is you, you have come to the right place!
I started sight-reading MANY years ago – in fact, I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t sight-reading! If I was to make a pile of all the music I’ve sight-read over the years, I think it would reach the ceiling!
Having said that, I was not born with a special talent. But what I had was curiosity and thirst for more music, which led me to keep reading pieces, until one day, I realised that I could sight-read.
Having taught piano and violin to students of all ages for the last decade, I’ve learnt what works and what doesn’t when it comes to teaching sight-reading. I’ve learnt what can stop students from becoming good sight-readers and how to lead them on the right path.
Who this site is for
– like to learn new things
– want sight-reading tips and resources
– aren’t scared of challenges
– are here for the long haul
– want to discover more piano music
Then, this site IS for you!
If, one the other hand, you want a quick solution that will solve all your problems immediately, then I’m afraid this site is NOT for you!
My story so far
I’ve taken many paths to get to where I am now. Born in Belgium, I took piano lessons at 5 and violin at 6. I also did 3 years of solfège, which has helped me tremendously with my overall musicianship.
In my teens, my family and I migrated to Australia. I studied music and Japanese at university (yes, quite a combination!) and spent 6 months in Japan as an exchange student. I also completed a Masters in translation before finally joining the workforce.
For a while, I was giving one-on-one lessons in Maths, French, Japanese, violin and piano but narrowed it down to piano and violin (wise decision!). I also worked as an English-French translator for 10 years. I dabbled in cello lessons and took up the clarinet for several years. I also draw and have a thing for learning languages…
– Bachelor of Arts (Music & Japanese)
– Associate Diploma of Music Performance, Australia (AMusA) in Piano
– 12 years of private teaching
These days, I still teach piano and violin and work as an accompanist. With my teaching and sight-reading skills, I now want to share my knowledge with YOU so that you too can grow a pile of music as high as the ceiling!