I have a nine year old student who claims she can't memorize Twinkle, Twinkle in Suzuki Bk. 1.
My dilemma is how to determine whether she's being lazy and I need to push her, or if she really has issues with memorizing. I will say that she has occasionally played almost all of Twinkle from memory when she's particularly hyper or goofing off before her lesson. But then when I ask her to she say's she can't do it.
Her musical experience so far has been rough...when I got her four months ago she had been playing in school for 2 years but was only able to play open strings and first finger notes with tape. Her practicing only averages 2-4 week, but I think it's more to the crazy. busy schedule her mother has her doing. She is now playing with a fairly consistent good tone and posture, and just beginning to read notes fluently. But memorization...I wasn't even able to work her on the Twinkle variations until I printed them out completely with Finale software so she could read the whole thing.
I have a full studio and most of my students range from 3 years to adults, and in fourteen years of teaching I've never encountered a student (especially at her age) who can't memorize music.
Have other teachers encountered this kind of issue with memorization? If so, do you have any advice on teaching her to memorize? I'm a big believer in memorization and I know if wait until later to ask her to do it, the pieces just get longer and harder to memorize.
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