by Dr. Julie Knerr
I noticed the other day that one of the students I had pegged as “chronically poor sight reader” is fast turning into “one of my better sight readers.” I was astonished to make this realization, because the progress in sight reading was as unnoticeable as glacial movement.

This student, who I will call Stan, is a fabulously musical and vibrant 9-year- old. He transferred to my studio last year, and it took me quite a while to figure out the best way to work with him. He is full of ideas, composes constantly, arranges all his pieces his own way (“I think the composer should have written it this way!”), is a enthusiastic performer, and has discriminating musical tastes. I could tell it was going to be a …