Problem Representation in Musical Sight Reading

Year: 1985

Author: Lowe, Richard

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The ability to read unfamiliar music at sight is a fundamental requirement for professional orchestral musicians. During orchestral sight reading, the performer must coordinate a complex set of perceptual, cognitive and motor operations. The transitory and often subtle nature of these operations means that little is known about how good sight readers cope with the demands of this task. This study used a problem solving frame- work to investigate the way musicians represent orchestral sight
reading. Differences were found in the way the degree and nature of orchestral sight reading difficulties were perceived by profes- sional and non professional 'cellists.