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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000314.txt from 1998/03

From: "Scott Morrow" <>
Subj: Re: Memorization
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 14:42:57 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: Aimee &/or Randall Kratofil <>
Date: Thursday, March 05, 1998 8:06 AM
Subject: Memorization

>Memorization is not the norm for woodwind players, but my private
>students are now learning.
>I have them participating in our PMTA (PA Music Teachers Assoc)
>Evaluations. (Similar to Natl Federation Festivals) They early levels
>require 2 memorized pieces, then later 3. They are doing it, though
>some reluctantly. A few have even played memorized pieces in recitals.
>This is the requirement for formal PMTA recitals.
>I think they benefit. They know the piece much better. They are forced
>to practice it more, in order to memorize. They can't stop with, "well,
>I can get through it." I was reluctant, but now I support it. I see
>how well I play the concertos I memorized for contests. Try it!!
>Aimee Kratofil
>Greensburg, PA

In High School, we had to memorize our music for parades. I wasn't very
good at it, but it improved my improvisational skills!
I have decided on my own that I really need to memorize my music for my
Jewish music group - with all the moving around between instruments and
stands, coupled with having to announce numbers, etc., it's a pain having to
also worry about pages!


Scott D. Morrow
DNA Synthesis Core Facility
Department of Biochemistry
The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
Baltimore, MD 21205
(410) 955-3631

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