The purpose of this article is to describe a model of how music is memorized for performances. The process of memorization appears to comprise three stages: preview, practice, and over-learning. Previous experience and enculturation also are very important in informing the memorization process. Each stage is subdivided. The preview stage is divided into notational overview, aural overview, and performance overview. The practice stage is divided into notational practice and conscious memorization. The over-learning stage is divided into re-learning, automatization, and maintenance rehearsal. For the purposes of this model, the four most commonly discussed memorization strategies (aural, visual, kinesthetic, and analytical) are divided and grouped into sensory learning styles (consisting of aural, visual, and kinesthetic memories), and an analytical learning style (discussed separately). Four processing strategies also are discussed: holistic, serial, additive, and segmented. The amount of time and effort expended during each stage is a matter of individual preferences, performance goals, task difficulty, training, and ability. Furthermore, the stages and the subdivisions are flexible and not necessarily sequential, nor indeed compulsory, for all performers.