I am a music educator and would like to know how you approach teaching sight-reading at the harp and why you teach sight-reading the way you do to students.
In addition, I think it is important to teach music theory skills to students. Do you teach music theory in your lessons? If so, how much and how often do you teach music theory? Do you have a favorite theory book you teach from? When teaching theory, what do you teach besides note-reading and rhythm? Terms and symbols, key signatures, chords and intervals, etc?
When teaching sight-reading at the harp, do you teach by shape recognition? Do you teach students to read every note from top/top to bottom, or look at the bottom/top note then look at the shape? Or do you teach with chords and inversions?
I remember when I was a student in high school, my harp teachers would suggest looking at the shape of the chord or intervals. Looking at the shape of what was written was how I was primarily taught to sight-read at the harp. Was this the same for you? Do you teach students to look for shapes such as octaves, fifths, thirds?
Thank you for sharing your time and opinions with me. I look forward to hearing your approach to teaching sight-reading and music theory knowledge at the harp!