Topic of the Weeks- Memory

The topic this week is about memorization. As I have told my students, the student recital this summer is divided into two parts: student recital(all by memory) and duets. Therefore, there is to teach you how to memorize a piece.

Mattay(1913, 1926), Hughs(1915), and Gieseking and Leimer(1932/1972) described three principal ways in which performers can learn music when preparing for a memorized performance: aurally, visually, and kinesthetically.

1/ Aural Memory

Aural memory is how individuals imagine the sounds of the piece. He or she remembers the melody and different voices aurally. And one has the ability to anticipate upcoming events in the score.

2/ Visual Memory

For visual memory, pianist could remember the positions of the hands and fingers, like the look of chords and the patterns that have been made. This types of memory also consists of images of the written page and other aspects of the playing environment.

3/ Kinesthetic Memory(fingers, muscular and tactile memory)

Pianists are facilitated by extended training of the fingers, wrists, and arms. For example, to feel the position and movement from notes to notes and the sense of key resistance.


–>Remember that analytically memory(by theory and chord progression) is also an important cue to memorize a piece. And I will talk about the benefit of playing by memory next time.


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