Learning music by association

Learning by association is when you connect something new and unknown with something known in order to learn it. For example, you’ve just met a person and hear their name for the first time. Both things are new and unknown to you, but you link the name and person with something you already know in order to help you remember them.
Mark meets Geoff
When Mark meets Geoff, he notices that he’s tall. This is something “known”. He then connects that to an image of a giraffe, which he then links to Geoff’s name, “Giraffe Geoff”.

creating the mental link This is the same way that we learned the B note. When we first saw the note, what did we know about it? That it’s on the middle line. So we linked what we knew to a story about a bug who likes to warm up on the middle line. Through the story and image we had a link between the note and its name, B!

Through the association, you are immediately able to access the information directly, whenever you need it, and you can go both ways – from the object to the name, and from the name back to the object. Then, after some practice and repetition, the link gets stronger and stronger, until eventually the association is not needed anymore; the person and their name, or the note and its name, have been linked in your long-term memory. You have arrived at the stage where the information has been assimilated into your memory and you just know it.

Mark remembering Geoff
Using associations can enable us to quickly learn a lot of information. It empowers our brains to take in, access and retain a lot more, and to do it quickly see A better way to learn music - tell me a story.

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How Easy Notes Works - an explanation for the teacher
How Easy Notes Works - an explanation for the self-learner
The trouble with mnemonics!
Why is Easy Notes so effective?
A better way to learn music - tell me a story
Piano lesson books Easy Notes works with
Your feedback and successes using Easy Notes