Summer vacation may be in full swing, but that doesn’t mean that musical instruments need to be left to collect dust.
Listen, we get it. It is so easy to breathe a sigh of relief that this school year is finally over...especially this year! But in order to really make progress on an instrument, it really is best to keep working every day.
It is common for skills to go backward over the summer, sometimes by a great deal, if kids do not practice.
Here are our top 6 ways for you to help your young musicians keep music practice interesting over the summer in addition to soaking up all that summer has to offer:
Make it a habit. Playing an instrument should be part of a daily routine, not just something to do occasionally. Perhaps this means practicing right away in the morning before the rest of the day takes over. Find what works for your family and stick to it as best as you can.
Take an interest. It is easy to do a few dishes or send a couple of emails during practice time, but we all know that kids flourish under attention. Ask questions about what they are practicing. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy a private concert. You probably could use a little break anyway.
Stay positive and encouraging. Playing an instrument is hard work, especially when the sun is shining outside. Students don’t always see the big picture and the long term benefits of sticking with it. Those who can stay focused and keep working towards that long term goal tend to fare better. Be the cheerleader they need to keep going especially when it is hard!
Make sure the equipment plays well. Summer is a great chance to have instruments checked out and pianos tuned. After a season of playing, make sure everything is working well.
Try something new. There are so many videos and apps available now that can help your kiddos improve their skills in a non-traditional way. Meet the kids where they are! We love apps like Notes Trainer, Simply Piano and Perfect Piano to help kids read music or play along to songs they recognize. These can be helpful if you are traveling and don’t have access to your home piano or keyboard.
Find an experienced instructor that can motivate them. A great teacher will make music lessons challenging but fun. Our team of expert music instructors are top notch and are ready to help keep your student playing all summer long.
Summer is a great time to kick back, relax and HAVE FUN, but don’t let all of that hard earned effort slip away. Practice makes progress! If you are ready to find a music instructor in your area, click here.