Don’t Forget This!

Don’t Forget This!

There is no doubt that the most important factor for progressing with a musical instrument is practice. However, it is not easy to remember everything learned during each lesson. Whether it’s a new song, new technique, a musical term, a correction or an indication, we are exposed to a significant amount of new information in every lesson. So, why do we forget new information and what can we do to prevent it?

First, let’s understand a little about how memory works. Here are some important facts:

  • We tend to forget new information with time.

  • Short-term memory happens naturally and lasts only a couple of minutes.

  • Long-term memory can potentially last indefinitely but requires conscious, specific work to attain it.

  • Other factors play a role on memory retention like taking notes, mnemonics, songs and rhymes, emotional meaning, interest, environment (distractions), etc.

To explain how memory retention works, the German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus developed The Forgetting Curve: a graphic model that shows the rate in which we forget new learnings without reinforcement during a given period of time.

It is notorious for the drastic downward slope to happen within the first couple of days following the exposure to new information. Therefore, the key for long-term memory retention is constantly reinforcing the new information, especially shortly after being exposed to it.

So, practice consistently and don’t allow gaps of several days between practice sessions. Make sure to start practicing very soon after your lesson, if possible, or even the very same day.


Daniel Paquot, B.A. Piano Instructor

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I’ve had both my children attend lessons at this location. The staff is absolutely wonderful. Mrs. Amber is an incredible piano instructor!

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San Antonio Music Academy is very well organized. My daughter's piano teacher is wonderful! She's been taking lessons for 5 months and looks forward to each lesson. I really enjoy the recitals at the LOL Comedy Club.

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My daughter has been registered here since she was 7. Each instructor she’s had has been very friendly and great to work with. Currently she has lessons with Ms Maria and we are so grateful for her and the entire SAMA staff. I can’t recommend enough.

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Elio Maldonado Jr.

Jacob was an excellent guitar instructor. He was patient and prepared. I definitely recommend him to any person wanting to learn guitar.

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Crystal Reyes

We absolutely  San Antonio Music Academy!!! All 3 of my children take lessons and they love it. My daughter Taylor has really improved her vocal abilities with the help of a wonderful vocal teacher.

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Steve Dell

San Antonio Music Academy is awesome, my son loves the guitar lessons and is super excited to attend every week! He started with zero experience and progressed surprisingly fast. Randy is an amazingly talented guitarist/teacher. He is very patient, yet knows how to push students to the next level. Highly recommend all the instructors, the staff is great!

Steve Dell / parent
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