Sight-reading and the Trivium

By John Hart

Every subject, including sight-reading, has its grammar, logic, and rhetoric.  (These 3 terms are referred to as the “Trivium”, a term often used in classical education.)  The “grammar” of a subject is the knowledge base—a pool of facts.  The logic stage is where we put those facts together in an orderly way, and the rhetoric phase is where we put it all together and so something meaningful and creative.