ABCDEFG! Can you sing the rest of the ABC song? Of course you can. You probably
learned the song when you were four or five years old, and you remember it because it is set
to music. Music is one kind of MNEMONIC (nee MON’ ick) or memory aid.
Rhyme mnemonics also help us remember information.
Thirty days hath September
April, June, and November
Sentence mnemonics help beginning music students remember the order of the G-cleff
notes on sheet music.
E G B D F
Every Good Boy Does Fine
A single word can be a mnemonic. HOMES is often used to remember the names
of the Great Lakes.
H O M E S
H – uron O – ntario M – ichigan E – rie S – uperior
It’s time to put on your jogging clothes for a memory trip through the Western
Hemisphere: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. Using stories,
rhymes, and mnemonics you can look forward to where you are going and remember where
you have been. Put on your Social Studies, Literature, and Mnemonics Hats! Off we go!