Definition of sight-read in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsīt ˌrēd/


[with object]
Read and perform (music) at sight, without preparation.
Example sentences
  • I am not a bad pianist, know a lot of music and can sight-read anything with ease.
  • Emily put the piece back on the stand and sight-read the music with the rest of the band.
  • I don't sight-read music though I have just been able to follow the score quite easily.



Example sentences
  • My vision is to have a renewed interest in creating better music sight-readers.
  • Proficient instrumental sight-readers develop a good grasp of intervallic relationships and the rhythmic shaping of phrases as well as sensitivity to dynamics and other expression marks.
  • My position was also different from other students' because I was a rather good pianist and sight-reader.


Pronunciation: /ˈsīt ˌrēdiNG/
Example sentences
  • Instrumental sight-reading often creates problems, and the more facile you become at instrumental sight-reading, the more acute the problem may tend to become.
  • It was all sight-reading and I just couldn't do it.
  • In about six months of sight-reading for three hours a day, one could go through most of the keyboard music of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Brahms.

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Syllabification: sight-read

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