Klarinet Archive - Posting 000314.txt from 1998/03
From: "Scott Morrow" <sdm@-----.edu>
Subj: Re: Memorization
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 14:42:57 -0500
From: Aimee &/or Randall Kratofil <kratofil@-----.com>
Date: Thursday, March 05, 1998 8:06 AM
>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!!
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