What is the best way to learn how to sightread piano?

Practice! It is the only way. Yes, it can be very boring, but the more you do the better you get and the more fun it becomes. There are games that are available that make learning a fun process, for example Fast Keys drastically improves your note recognition quickly, and it's free. You can play it at: http://martypapa.blogspot.com/2009/06/fast-keys.html If you are asking what the most efficient way to "sightread" piano is, the only acceptable way in my opinion is to learn piano, practice the music and eventually you will notice patterns and they will become familiar to you. Many people I know who can sightread piano have just taken piano lessons for a long period of time. There are other methods I've heard of that are supposedly quicker, but fast isn't always better. Seeing as I haven't invested in such projects, I would not recommend them. Sing the rhythems....then find the hand positions...and lastly check for black notes and chords. =answer= try to distinguish the middle c, first of all. then, try to slowly find other spots, such as d and e. memorize the first few notes on the music, and continuously practice. in the first few months or years, you might have some trouble reading all the notes quickly, and you might have to pause and count the spaces from the key you are playing now and the note you are trying to read, and figure out the place on the keyboard. have patience. i learned to sight read rapidly when i was nine, and it took me two years to gain that speed, and i started the piano when i was seven. you can do it! Practice hard, like me, and you might even be able to read an entire movement of a Mozart Sonata in fifteen minutes (like me, currently 12) If you already have some skill at practicing and playing piano, and want to improve your sight-reading skills: This becomes harder to do as you grow older. (The best way to learn sight-reading is to start early.) For adults, my experience is the best way to improve sight-reading is to simply do a lot of it. -Look at the music before-hand to familiarize yourself with the tempo, key and rhythm. -Try to imagine how it sounds in your head before you begin. -Be patient. -Go as slow as you must to get the notes right, and keep the rhythm steady. -Always try to look ahead for what's coming next. Look over the bar line to the next measure. -Keep going. Don't stop. If you make an error, don't go back. Don't speed up faster than you can get it right. -The speed will come with time. There are no short-cuts, just invest a lot of time. Good luck.