Memory Stars are 3 sheets of clear plastic, one with small bronze stars, spaced widely apart, the next with silver stars spaced closer together and finally with gold stars almost completely obliterating the page. The idea is, it’s hiding just little bits of the music, then more and more of it as you progress so you don’t suddenly have nothing to hang on to. They enable you to picture the music in your head and not feel all at sea without a life jacket which is how I usually feel when I play from memory.
I recently tried them out on my 7 year old son who was learning a short beginners piano piece. He is the kind of kid who is usually glued to the music and finds it challenging to memorise music.
The result - miraculous! I kid you not, within 15 minutes he’d memorised his little piece. Admittedly it was not a long piece - 4 lines of music to learn is no concerto - however, he took to it like a duck to water and loved the way he progressed up from bronze, to silver, to gold stars . It’s the little things hey…
At £9.50 for a set they’re not mega cheap however, they would last you a lifetime and we think well worth the investment. I wish I’d had these when I was at music college spending hours trying to memorise everything - I could have been out with my friends instead!
Have a peek at http://memory-stars.com/