TomPage wrote:On advice of Scott Kritzer, I organize my pieces into 4 practice bins: New Work, Detailing, Maintenance, and Performance.
This is similar to what I do. I have a fairly large binder which I have most my music organized in sections:
New Work - I keep in the front as I tend to play from the front of my binder more - one piece usually although I may have two if one is nearing completion.
Performance - Pieces I will be performing with. Total varies. For polishing a piece or making sure I haven't unintentionally changed anything in a memorized piece. On performance day I will make copies, organize, tape, as needed.
Maintenance - The bulk of my binder. Pieces I know and play fairly well but haven't memorized yet: everything from simple etudes on up to full performance works. Not sure how many I have here - maybe about 50ish pieces.
Holding - Back of my binder where I lay to rest music I have memorized or music I plan on learning is waiting to be born.
I also have a separate smaller binder with various exercises, scales (IE Segovia, Giuliani 120 etc etc) which I dedicate a practice session to a few times a month.
Thus is the circle of music in my world.
Edit: Memorizing to me is almost the final part of learning a piece for me. After I memorize a piece I feel like I can start making it my own free of having to look at or concentrate on a score. With that said I still refer back to the music on pieces I have memorized. More then a few times I have unintentionally changed something - referring back to the score helps here.