A scientific approach to memorizing music

My parents encouraged me to study music. They saw to it that I had music lessons, and my mother used gentle persuasion to get me to practice—she brought my favorite snacks to me at the piano bench. We all felt that musical talent should be developed. I loved the piano, but I didn't discipline myself well and faltered when I had to perform in public.

One time when we visited a loved uncle, my parents asked me to play for him and his family. I did, but haltingly. Afterward, Dad said he feared I might never perform a piece of music perfectly from memory. I accepted this as a challenge.

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