Tag Archives: Memorization

Memory: 3 Tips and 3 Posts

“For me there was something touching about seeing a great pianist play a Bach prelude and fugue using the score. Every wondrous element of this complex music is right on the page. It looks almost as beautiful as it sounds.”*  … Continue reading

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Musings on memory

Unscientific, anecdotal, and experiential musings on the five ways we memorize – in no particular order. We naturally have strengths in one or more areas, but I believe all should be developed and consciously thought through when we’re teaching memorization. … Continue reading

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Memory Issues

I don’t get it. Are some students destined to never be able to perform from memory? No matter how hard I work with some they just can’t do it. I’ve pulled out all the stops – worked on all 5 memory … Continue reading

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It’s OK. Play a wrong note.

Last spring we heard an excellent talk by Edwin Gnandt (Professor at Ambrose University College) on the shifts in piano playing and teaching from the Romantic Period to the current scene. A summary can be found by clicking here. Last week … Continue reading

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Sheer Repetition

Practice is the art of rehearsing a behavoir over and over, or engaging in an activity again and again, for the purpose of improving or mastering it… (Wikipedia) Repetition in practice has gotten a bit of a bad rap lately. … Continue reading

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So what’s MY problem?

Credit goes to David McKay, a piano teacher in Australia, for this post. He was one of my first blog followers and has contributed numerous comments, made suggestions, and is now a Facebook friend, where he posts prolifically on all … Continue reading

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Memorizing with your feet

Here’s one more thing to add to your bag of memorizing tips. Put the music on a desk or chair somewhere close to the piano, but not close enough to see. Everytime the students want to take a look at … Continue reading

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The Golden Age of Piano Teaching

It’s fairly well-known in piano teaching circles that Liszt and Clara Schumann made fashionable the practice of performing from memory. Many students have cursed them for this. What’s not so well known is that Beethoven and Chopin – two great … Continue reading

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Memory Misadventures

I’ve been trying to prove wrong those who say we as adults can’t memorize as well as we could when we were children or teen-agers. I’ve spent the last 6 weeks working on memorizing two pieces of music to play … Continue reading

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More on Memory

One of the blogs I check in on regularly is Cerebroom. Last spring Chad wrote an article about respecting the audience enough to memorize music played in performance. Like me, he believes successful memorization is a matter of time and … Continue reading

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Memory and Time Spent

This is not a list of easy (or even not so easy) tips for memorizing. It is also not a list of the different brain processes that occur when memorizing. That information is out there in abundance. And I’m not … Continue reading

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