I had my piano lesson today and feel a mix of things.
I always enjoy it and come away inspired but my teacher didn't seem all that impressed by my stated aim to try and memorise my latest piece. I've read a few things recently (probably in magazines and in scholarly articles about developing greater aural acuity) recommending that we try to play more 'by ear'.
"Why make it harder for yourself?" was the response from my teacher. I think her reasoning -not in so many words- was that I'm bit long in the tooth to develop a skill from scratch with a complex score. When young children memorise their music, it is usually much simpler and they 'grow' the skill as they become more accomplished.
I'll still give it a go, though. At present I'm not slogging at LTCL rep but just learning to play beautiful music beautifully, with no other aim than to improve my skills. The Schumann op.18 Arabeske, like many of his works, comprises several short-ish sections that might be easier to memorise than a piece with longer movements.
A bit of a strange response.