Definition of sight-read in English:

sight-read

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Read and perform (music) at sight, without preparation.

    • ‘She can sight-read, and though she misses a note here and there, I am certain that, in her head, she knows how it should sound.’
    • ‘I can sight-read a medium ballad, but have never had to develop my reading beyond a rudimentary level.’
    • ‘And at the final ‘polish’ run-through yesterday, I was sight-reading the music for the first time, and we only ended up having enough time to go through it twice.’
    • ‘I am not a bad pianist, know a lot of music and can sight-read anything with ease.’
    • ‘I don't sight-read music though I have just been able to follow the score quite easily.’
    • ‘The pianists sight-read two melodies to establish their preferred performing rate.’
    • ‘She sat her chair and listened to the band practice sight-reading.’
    • ‘The result was that the choir sight-read through the entire piece of music, and then performed it.’
    • ‘Emily put the piece back on the stand and sight-read the music with the rest of the band.’
    • ‘Once you have finished, the judge may ask you to play any of the concert major scales or sight-read a chorale.’
    • ‘We sat, and I glanced at the music nervously because I knew I would have to sight-read both ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ and the other piece we were playing.’
    • ‘Von Otter, a patrician blonde with a voice of arctic whiteness, gamely sight-read a tribal incantation and a refrain about rowing out to the reef to fish, both written in some outlandish language.’
    • ‘Learning to sight-read a tune can be done alone, but certain things require an instructor or partner who can play intervals and chords for you.’
    • ‘And while I come from a family that is very musical, it takes me about an hour or two to sight-read a sheet of music.’
    • ‘And in a classroom on one of the floors of the high school, musicians are sight-reading a piece of music.’
    • ‘I didn't start singing till I was 50, we have trouble learning things by memory because of our age, we can sight-read which is a wonderful skill but to memorize even the simplest music is a nightmare.’
    • ‘Nor is he merely sight-reading based on familiarity, as he was tested by writing down some simple phrases which he could not have known in advance.’
    • ‘He passed out music for this semester and we began sight-reading the songs.’
    • ‘In fact Liszt himself played Mendelssohn's brand new First Piano Concerto, sight-reading the far-from legible manuscript in the Erard piano showrooms in Paris, much to Mendelssohn's amazement.’
    • ‘The gap between performance repertoire and sight-reading skill is alarmingly wide for many, if not most of our students.’

Pronunciation:

sight-read

/ˈsīt ˌrēd/