By Lars Rosager
Performing with sheet music and singing from memory are two very different activities. The former highlights the interactions among the composer, the performer, and the audience, while the latter more intimately joins the performer with the audience. Through memorization, the performer is invited to take greater ownership over the music, and enjoys more expressive freedom. One primary goal of the skilled musician is, as the saying goes, to “bring the music off the page.” Most music is usually open to some degree of interpretation, so the process of committing music to memory allows the performer to contribute a personal touch. In this guide, I offer you advice on how to memorize a piece of vocal music.