Having trouble memorizing your music? If, like some of our students, you are getting ready for an annual recital and need some ideas on how to solidify your music in your brain, look no further. Below, you will find some excellent strategies to help you memorize your music.

4 Strategies for Memorizing Music

Having trouble memorizing your music? If, like some of our students, you are getting ready for an annual recital and need some ideas on how to solidify your music in your brain, look no further. Below, you will find some excellent strategies to help you memorize your music.

1. Play at different tempos.  Practice your music at different tempos and get ear training done for various notes. Practice very slowly to make sure that you are confident with all of the notes and runs. Practice at your ideal performance speed to rehearse how you want your performance to go. Lastly, make sure you practice at a faster tempo so that if you become nervous or excited, you are comfortable playing your piece at a more excited tempo.

2. Memorize Sections. Separate your music into big chunks. Practice starting at the beginning of these chunks cold. Don’t just always start from the beginning and go to the end. Start in the middle, start at the beginning of the B section, even start at the end and work backwards. Make sure that you are comfortable starting at multiple places within your piece so that you know the piece in its entirety.

3. Identify Patterns. Your brain is only equipped to contain a set amount of information at one time. When you spend time looking for and identifying larger patterns in the music, you increase the amount of music your brain can contain and recall. Try to find chords, chord progressions, even musical sequences to make memorizing a little easier.

4. Listen. It’s also important, when trying to memorize music,  to spend time away from your instrument. Spend some quality time with the sheet music listening to recordings of your piece. Listening to your music will ensure that you know how the music is supposed to sound and help solidify the “sound” of your piece in your mind.

Hopefully these tips will help you start to memorize those recital pieces and get you ready to perform soon! If you need a music teacher to help you get to performance level, contact us!

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