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  • You MUST reference the part assignment BEFORE printing your part.
  • Students should have movement 1 and the chorale memorized before full band camp.



Memory experts agree that “chunking”—the process of breaking larger pieces of information into individual “chunks”—can greatly improve memory retention. Musicians: break up songs into smaller sections, maybe a phrase or two at a time. This method of practicing can also make it easier to master tough fingerings. Then rehearse transitions to bring it all together.

If you’re really struggling with remembering a section, grab a friend and take turns teaching each other. Through teaching the routine, your brain processes the information at a higher level. Ever notice how the section leaders don’t struggle with memorization? Teaching makes it stick.

For musicians, alternate between playing with and without looking at the music, gradually relying less and less on reading the chart. Practicing away from the instrument can be a big help too. If you don’t have enough time to get out your instrument and play, take your music along with you wherever you go—you’ll be surprised when you can find small amounts of time to memorize.

In the end, it all comes down to repetition. The more times you repeat a difficult section correctly, the more likely you will remember when it counts. Research has found that human brains require an average of seven repetitions to commit information to memory, but once you memorize something incorrectly, you need as many as 35 more repetitions to correct what you learned—so be sure what you’re repeating is right!

Make a goal of ten perfect “reps” in a row. If, say, on your sixth repetition you make a mistake, start counting again at one. It takes extra time, but the results are worth the effort.




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