Check out some more great tips for memorization, continued from January's email:
Memorization Technique No. 5:
Using random memorization as an aid. The teacher will direct student to perform a short piece. The teacher will call out a measure number and ask students to look away when they arrive at that spot in the music. Students may look back after that measure is over. The teacher will have the students perform the song a number of times with different measures played from memory at the teacher’s discretion. After each measure has been singled out the teacher may progress to two measure phrases, four measure phrases and eventually all eight measures.
Memorization Technique No. 6:
Using variable starting measure as a memory aid. The teacher will direct the students to read and perform a piece. Students will then perform the piece starting in measure two playing to the end and then finish by playing measure 1. Repeat the previous exercise but when the student gets to the end and repeats, do the first measures from memory. Students will continue to start one measure later each time thus adding one more measure from memory at the beginning each time through the tune until it all is performed from memory.
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