My piano and violin students often complain or ask if they HAVE to memorize a piece of music. I do teach Suzuki method along with other methods on both instruments, so I could give them a 3 hour lecture on why memorizing is important to a music student, but instead I have a list of these answers at the ready (and printed and in my teacher binder, so I can easily whip it out!)
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Here is a student playing their suzuki piece by memory, with their “memory hat” on:
Here are some other great blog posts about why we should memorize pieces:
From Joy Morin:
Thoughts on Memorization: A Skill Integral to Piano Playing?
and here is a great read on the benefits of memorizing in general…