Last week we discussed how to teach legato pedaling to students, and we got a few great responses – click here to check them out! As always, feel free to add your thoughts to the discussion!
This week, we are considering the topic of memorization. I’ve seen great discussions about this topic on many websites and forums, and thought we’d explore it here too (hopefully with a different twist)! Here goes:
First, do you consider memorization to be an integral part of piano playing? Meaning, would you say that a concert pianist should or must perform by memory? And do you therefore also require your students to perform by memory, or are you more flexible with your students depending on their goals? What kind of memorization policy have you found works best for your studio?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below!