Q&A: How to Memorize a Piece

 

 

Hello!

Some people memorize music like it’s no big deal, and some people really have to work at it – we’re all unique flowers, after all.  But most of us (myself very included) could all stand to improve our memorization skills even more, since it’s such a huge piece of being a musician.  After all, if you perform, whether it’s in your Granny’s living room or at a big concert hall, it’s not always practical to port around all your music with you.

The four areas of memory:

-Tactile (finger memory)

-Aural (being able to hear the song in your head)

-Visual (being able imagine the keys being pressed, as well as the sheet music)

-Analytical (understanding the piece and its structure)

These are discussed in-depth, as well as specific suggestions for improving memory.

xo,

Allysia

Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.