Continuing lessons during summer
for the following reasons:
So students don’t fall behind
So students continue to enjoy fun classes and performance opportunities!
Here are some of strategies to help budding musicians stay motivated:
• Students who take a break during the summer will see their skills decline. To combat this, they need specific goals, such as passing off a lesson book level, memorizing a certain number of pieces or passing off specific scales and chord sequences.
• Summer is a time when students can move ahead because they don't have homework demands and schedules are looser. Families should commit to a certain number of music lessons during the summer and work them around vacation schedules.
• Cultural field trips make great summer activities. Piano events are especially good for young pianists, as are musical theater performances or free concerts. Watching world-class performers is inspiring!
• The beginning of summer vacation is a good time for each child to make a list of fun summer activities. Practice hours become the currency that buys the admission tickets to amusement parks, movies or other activities. Kids are also rewarded for passing off pieces and theory assignments at their music lessons Â— chicken nuggets and fries after the lesson is the coveted prize.
• On lesson days, help kids retain what they learned by encouraging them to practice new material before the day is over. What you did at the lesson should be rehearsed and consolidated before going to bed.
• Find performance opportunities during the summer, such as family reunion talent shows and performance parties. Encourage students to learn hymns for participation in worship activities. And start working toward fall recitals.
• Stick to the old "work before play" routine. Morning practice is effective because young minds are at their freshest in the early hours of the day.