Many students find it difficult to keep their musical talents sharp throughout the summer, as many of us take breaks from most regular classes and activities. It sure is tempting to take a trip to the beach instead of sitting at home to practice, but trust us - if you put the time in over the summer, you’ll be glad you did when the school year starts up again and you don’t have to start all over from scratch!
Here are some tips for keeping up your music skills this summer.
SET A GOAL FOR THE END OF THE SUMMER
Have a particular piece you’ve been wishing you could play? Make it a goal to learn it by the end of the summer to have it ready to play for your teacher when you come back to lessons.
MAINTAIN YOUR PRACTICE ROUTINE
It can be difficult to keep a practice schedule when you don’t have lessons to prepare for, but it’s important to keep it up so you don’t forget everything you learned in lessons during the year! If you already have a practice schedule, stick to it as you normally would. To give yourself more incentive to practice, you can give yourself a treat whenever you log some time - ice cream cone anyone? :)
Don’t already have a practice schedule? The summer is a perfect set a new routine! Try keeping a Practice Log through your online BSM Student Account.
PERFORM FOR FRIENDS & FAMILY
A great way to stay motivated to practice is to have a performance to prepare for, even if it’s an informal setting. You could get some friends and/or family together for a casual at-home performance, and maybe even ask some fellow musicians to play as well!
GO TO CONCERTS
Your musicianship skills can be influenced outside of lesson and practice time by watching and hearing others perform. Ideally, try to go to concerts that feature the instrument that you play.
LISTEN TO MUSIC
Keep classical music on the brain by simply listening to it. The great thing about listening is you can do this pretty much anywhere you go, even at the beach! There are many great classical music recordings on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, and more.
EXTRA TIPS FOR KIDS:
ARRANGE A MUSIC PLAY DATE
Rainy day? Why not invite a friend and/or fellow music student over to play with! For young students this can be an especially great way to encourage them to pick up their instrument for a bit and have fun with a friend at the same time.
PLAY MUSIC GAMES
There a lot of fun music games (many of them free online), like board games, card games, or bingo, that can be fun and engaging for kids and help them keep music on the brain over the summer without them feeling like they’re missing out on play time. For tips on what games to play, ask your teacher if they have any particular recommendations of games they like to use.