Think memorizing music is a special talent that you just don’t have? Think you can’t do it anymore, now that you’re no longer 15? Feel like you mostly know your music, but you can’t quite get away from the page and you’re likely to forget it all under pressure? Think again!
Learning to memorize more effectively can help you internalize your music better, play more musically, and feel more confident when it comes time to perform. In most musical traditions and throughout much of musical history, memory has been a crucial skill in which every musician was expected to be proficient. If they could do it, you can do it!
There are three options in this series, but any of them works as a stand-alone option. The introductory presentation will give you a good starting point if you’re just curious.
1. Introductory Presentation – Memorizing your music: How you can, and why you should – Video Replay available
In this lecture I discuss our various kinds of memory, and what we can learn from other ways people train their memory. We’ll discuss the benefits of memorizing your music; how to get started doing it; reasons why some music is harder or easier to memorize; circumstances that make memorization easier or harder, and what you can do about them.
And we’ll go over ways you can practice memorizing your music that help make it stick – whether it’s a new piece you’re just starting to work on or a piece you’ve been practicing for years.
2. Memorization exercises workshop – Sunday November 29 and December 6 at 4:30-5:30 PM EST
In this 2-part workshop, we’ll do a variety of exercises to illustrate the concepts from the lecture and give you some concrete practice exercises and things you can apply to pieces you’re working on. The two parts of this workshop are spaced a week apart to give you some practice time in between (don’t worry, it won’t take too much time!). We’ll also have more opportunity for questions, discussion, and follow-up on the previous week’s exercises. Registration for this session includes the video replay of the Introductory lecture.
3. Memorization boot camp – Tuesdays December 1, 8, 15 at 7-8:30 PM EST
In this group class, participants will select their own pieces to work on and we’ll work through the process of memorizing together. Students will play for each other, and discuss successes and pitfalls they encounter in the process of performing in front of an audience.
This group class is open to a up to six participants, although additional sessions can be added if there is demand. Registration for this session includes the video replay of the introductory lecture.