If you’re a musician, you’ve likely used a metronome. Click… Click… Click… It can really get on your nerves. A lot of students feel weighed down by it, even stifled in their creativity. Music is about expressing yourself right? So why do we need to play like robots with a machine clicking in our ears?
There are good reasons. Your teacher isn’t trying to make your life miserable. Your teacher tells you to use the metronome because it works.
Sight reading is an important skill that every musician needs. It may be one of your most marketable skills as a musician. In the real world, unless you are a concert musician, you often don’t have a lot of time with a piece of music. Studio musicians, accompanists, church musicians, each one of them need to do a healthy amount of sight reading in their daily jobs.
Like all other musical skills, sight reading is learned. That’s not to say you won’t learn the basics of sight reading by just being a musician, but you likely won’t get proficient at it unless you practice specifically sight reading consistently.