Practice tip of the month....
It's May! ...which means that it is time for end-of-the-year recitals with memorized music. For some people, memorizing comes easily. Don't stop reading the music if you are one of these people! You might be surprised to find that you're not really memorizing the music! A good piano performance is much more than just the correct notes with the correct rhythm. There are so many other things that play a role in a good performance, such as dynamics, phrasing, and articulation. When you are memorizing your music, just sit and study the music for a bit. Sing the melody in your head while following the notes, make a mental note where there are changes in dynamics or tempo. Put the book down and quiz yourself on the dynamics, articulation, and form. You'll be surprised at how much memorization progress you can make in your piece when you're not physically playing it!
Looking for more tips?
Here is a great article on practicing by Tom Johnson: Five Key Practice Tips for Playing the Piano or Keyboard