With recitals coming up, it’s time to start memorizing music. Many children often end up memorizing just by repetition. This means your child is consistently at the piano 5 days a week. Playing games with your child will also help.
Cover Up #1 – Take a 3×5 card and cover up a small portion of the music. He’ll be able to read most of the music and is “forced” to have only a small part memorized.
Cover Up #2 – Take a 3×5 card and cover up the section of music being played. Keep sliding the card over actual notes your child’s reading. This will force her to not only read ahead, but improve memory.
Floating Music – Hold the music away from the piano. If possible, point along to the music while your child’s playing. If she needs to look, she can, but the goal is to look at the music as little as possible.
Let’s Make A Deal – For every one time your child plays with the music, you get one time to close the book. This is great for playing 4-8 measures at a time and really solidifying his memorization.