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It’s on the Tip of My Fingers: Techniques for Memorization Texas Music Teachers Association Convention 2005 Dr. Dawn Harmon McCord, Presenter Music Music Everywhere . . . . . . But not a sound to hear. Multimodal Musical Experiences Auditory Visual Cognitive Affective Motor Memory

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it s on the tip of my fingers techniques for memorization
It’s on the Tip of My Fingers: Techniques for Memorization
  • Texas Music Teachers Association Convention 2005
  • Dr. Dawn Harmon McCord, Presenter
music music everywhere
Music Music Everywhere . . .

. . . But not a sound to hear.

multimodal musical experiences
Multimodal Musical Experiences
  • Auditory
  • Visual
  • Cognitive
  • Affective
  • Motor
  • Memory
        • Donald Hodges: Neurological Research and Music Education, 1996
effective teaching strategies
Effective Teaching Strategies…

…actively involve the student in the learning experience.

This is the first step towards facilitating memorization.

basic information is easy to talk about
Basic information is easy to talk about!
  • You can tell that the:
      • melody is mostly conjunct and diatonic
      • form is ABA
      • harmony is in a minor modality
      • rhythm is compound duple

Could you help them discover this information in ways

other than lecture? If so, they will own the parameters

of the repertoire.

where to start with active learning and listening
Where to start with active learning and listening?

Have student:

  • Focus their attention to some specific detail in the music
  • Listen for that detail as they play
  • Respond to the discoveries that surface
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There are many resources available to the teacher that will help the student focus on specific parameters necessary for memorization.
learning and memorization activities
Learning and Memorization Activities
  • Guidance
      • Schumann “Papillons” from Carnaval, Op. 9

Is this piece:

          • Fast or slow?
          • Quiet or loud?
          • Like a butterfly or an elephant?
  • Guidance creates active listening which empowers the learner to access great hooks for memorization.
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Learning and Memorization Activities
  • Modeling
  • Mini-teaching Moments
  • Questioning
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Learning and Memorization Activities
  • Storytelling
  • Visitation Rights
  • American Idol
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Learning and Memorization Activities
  • Listening Maps
        • A listening map is a visual image that highlights important stylistic parameters in a given composition. Examples of these images can include:
          • Pictures
          • Graphics
          • Shapes
          • Short musical themes or motifs
        • Source for ideas is Rebecca Payne Shockley’s Mapping Music: For Faster Learning and Secure Memory
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Learning and Memorization Activities
  • Call Charts
  • Visuals

A

B

A

C

A

B

A

Robert Schumann: Frightening from Scenes from Childhood, Op. 15

listening map example
Listening Map Example

Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in A Minor, K. 149; Longo 93

now it s your turn
Now it’s your turn
  • Select a piece to map
  • On your blank paper provided, create a map for your selection. Let the following guide your choices for visualization:
mapping repertoire
Mapping Repertoire

W. T. Skye Garcia: Cat Walk

Susan Ogilvy: Toccatina

Martha Mier: Morning Dew

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Now it’s your turn

Set your imagination free.

  • Create a map for your selection. The following guide provides some of the ideas for mapping:
coda and overture
Coda and Overture
  • Set ‘em up
  • Let the learning begin
  • Let the listening begin
  • Begin appropriate and multimodal activities
  • Memorize at all levels and modes of learning
  • Where there are insecurities, expand the activities
  • Learning activities will put it on the tip of your fingers!
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