Musical method is easy reading

Dr Chris Wiltshire (right) looks on as his granddaughter Natasha who attends King Edward VII School demonstrates the app at it's launch in London
Dr Chris Wiltshire (right) looks on as his granddaughter Natasha who attends King Edward VII School demonstrates the app at it's launch in London
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MUSICIANS around the world are improving their skills thanks to a revolutionary teaching method created by a man from Sheffield.

For hundreds of years, musicians have struggled to improve their sight reading skills.

But now the difficult process has been simplified thanks to a new iPad app, SightRead4Piano, which has been developed by Dr Christopher Wiltshire.

It works by training the brain and eye to achieve continuity by forcing the pianist to keep going and constantly look ahead by making each bar of music disappear from the screen as it is played.

Dr Wiltshire said: “SightRead4Piano has been the result of vast experience dealing with teachers and their pupils’ sight-reading problems.”

Dr Wiltshire, who remortgaged his Fulwood home and spent seven years developing the system, said: “I have a passionate belief in its simple principles.

“To see these efforts finally coming to fruition is both gratifying and tremendously exciting.”

Dr Wiltshire, who came to the city 40 years ago to study at Sheffield University, has a lifetime’s experience in music education, including 30 years as an examiner for Trinity Guildhall.

His app had been made in conjunction with major music examination boards, including the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Australian Music Examinations Board, London College of Music, Rock School, The Royal Irish Academy of Music and Yamaha.

The app is only available for piano students at present, but versions for guitar, strings, brass, woodwind, percussion and voice are due to be rolled out in thew coming months.

The average cost per grade is £5.75 and the entire collection of more than 1,100 pieces from the world’s leading music assessment authorities is £79.99.

The app can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store.