Go back to June, to the end of the school year. Excitement was buzzing in the air from as little as the 4-year olds to the college kids. The end of the school year is an exciting time. It’s a time to look forward to all the summer fun that is upcoming.
What usually happens with those backpacks and the extra school supplies that were sent home with the teachers though? If you’re like many other families, they probably sit in the closet and are not touched again until, let’s say “Tax-Free Weekend” or right when you’re getting those supplies ready for the next school year!! Admit it, everyone has been there, whether it’s with your own children or even yourself.
Well, believe it or not, the time of year has come. The time when you’re looking back at all the summer memories that were made, and the upcoming school year is on your mind. School supply lists are being acquired, shopping trips are commencing, and the excitement about the new school year is in full swing – at least for parents, right?!
Just as we are all preparing for the upcoming school year and providing tender love and care to make sure our kids are fully equipped to have the best school year possible, let’s take a few moments to see how we can apply some tender love and care to our musical instruments and supplies too.
Just like backpacks, make sure those music bags are cleaned out. Take out all those awards your children earned this past year and take a moment to celebrate with them again. Then put them in a special place, somewhere where they can be remembered and celebrated.
Make sure you have all your music books ready to go. Maybe towards the end of the school year with recital season in full swing, a book or two was lost. Well, take some time and make sure all of those books are in the music bag ready to go. You will receive a new PCS music bag and an all-new Assignment Notebook, but bring back everything else with you.
What about your instrument?! Take a quick trip over to the local music store, Musical Innovations (http://www.musicalinnovations.biz/), and look at some music to see if there’s something special you would like to play, get a cleaning cloth or some new rosin, and other accessories for your instrument. Check with your teacher to see if you need a new stringed instrument since children have grown over the past year, so most likely you’ll need a new one. You might even need to call Piano Central’s recommended piano tuner, Mr. Sam Taylor, at 864-288-2353 about getting your acoustic piano tuned. Or go in to talk with the owner of Piano Central about upgrading your child’s digital or acoustic piano to an even better instrument.
So clean the rosin off those strings, clean that bow and wood on your violin, viola, cello, or guitar, polish that flute, wipe down and dust that piano. Why? Because you’re getting ready for a fun-filled, exciting school year full of learning!