The Yellow Cat is back! It’s been two years since I blogged about the Cat. If you’re really into music education, you can see some nice proprietary videos from the Yellow Cat here. Our colleague Dr. Paul Harris wrote one of the few articles in the literature about visual profiles of musicians. What excited me this morning was the Cat’s latest piece entitled: “Quick Vision Check”. Here are some great potential signs she suggests that music teachers observe:
1. Is there a relationship between how many times a student moves his eyes and how well that student reads his music?
2. Do students who read well move their eyes more or less than students who don’t?
3. Do you have students who don’t look at the music at all?
4. Do you have students who tilt their heads to the side when reading?
5. Do you have students who move their heads from side to side when moving their eyes across the page?
6. Do your students’ eyes track in the right place in the music?
Cat proceeds to advise that piano teachers are in a great position to inform parents when they suspect a vision problem and when doing so, should recommend a good Developmental Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist who specializes in vision and how children learn. The latter may seem peculiar until you remind yourself that Cat is an acquaintance of our visionhelp colleague, Dr. Nancy Torgerson, who enjoys a collaborative relationship with a pediatric ophthalmologist who “gets it”.
Take a close look at the Cat’s three page masterpiece, and share it with piano teachers and parents of children taking lessons for any instrument involving music reading. It’s an instant classic!