Posted July 5th, 2017 | By A4A.admin
Summertime can be a great opportunity for music students to devote time and effort to honing their skills and improving their overall playing abilities. However, even without the pressures of the school year, summer can quickly fill up with other activities, making it hard for even the most dedicated music student to stay on track. Students who take a break from music during the summer will see their skills decline, but with a little planning and parent involvement, summertime can be full of fun and meaningful practice. Here are some helpful tips for parents to help their child stay on track:
Schedule daily practice sessions. For many students, there is more time to practice during the summer. Determine how much your child should be practicing on a daily basis and make sure that your child sticks to the allotted time. Scheduling practice at the same time every day and adopting a “work before play” attitude towards practice are both valuable approaches.
Set specific learning goals. Choose objectives that can be completed in the course of a few weeks. Can your child use the summer to finish learning a difficult piece that they’ve been working on? Do they want to finish their latest method book? Prepare for a fall exam? Setting goals and assessing the progress made on a weekly basis will keep students interested in the task at hand.
Enroll in a summer class, camp or workshop. Taking part in a summer music program will provide structured practice and playing time. It will also allow your child to make music in a group setting, which introduces new musical skills and makes music a fun, social activity.
Find mini performance opportunities. Whether it be playing for dinner guests or performing for relatives during a family reunion, urge your child to show off their progress by performing for others.
Attend concerts by community groups or well-known performers. Summer is a prime time to go to a concert, attend a music festival, or listen to live music in a variety of venues. Experiencing other performers will help your child stay motivated by providing inspiration of what is possible through hard work and diligence!
Most importantly, talk to your child about music. If your child is taking summer lessons, ask them about what they have learned each week. Encourage your child to reflect on their progress and what they hope to accomplish each week, as well as over the whole summer.