Memorization of piano music

Inger Ross-Kristensen said: Dec 2, 2015
Inger Ross-Kristensen
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Needham, MA
8 posts

I start right from Suzuki book one and up into advanced repertory by dividing the piece into sections. Even with Beethoven’s sonatas you can select Theme 1, Theme2, Development, Theme 1 recap, Theme 2 recap, Finale. In the early repertory of Suzuki you have phrases that you number.

You then play the “Scramble Game”, picking a slip with the number or section on it ,and you play the pieces out of order, having picked numbers or sections. This way you really need to remember and assign a special “personality” to each pick. Young students love this game.

It has worked for me, when I had to memorize long difficult pieces in my conservatory studies, and it works for my students, no matter what level.

Inger Ross-Kristensen

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