Types of Memorization

I'd like to follow up Jenny Bay's post with a look at the different ways in which we memorize. I can think of four main types of memory, none of which should be completely neglected if a student is to have a solid grasp on the memory of a piece.

Students who seem to memorize naturally and easily are often using a combination of the first two or three types of memory. Or sometimes these are the students who are not great sight readers, so there has been some cognitive memorizing going on as they learned the piece. In any case, I have learned to allow students to use their strengths to their advantage, while balancing their study with a good dose of techniques that might be a little more challenging for them.

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