Yes, spring is right around the corner and that means summer break is too!! Summer time is such a fun time for families and friends. It’s a time when life usually slows down a bit, the schedule eases up, and many lasting memories are made.
Here at PCS, we start talking summer early in the spring because continuing with lessons in the summer is a huge part of a music student’s ongoing success and forward progress. Why would summer music lessons make a huge difference overall? Here are four reasons why:
No school work, better focus. During the school year, there are so many things that are pulling for your child’s attention. Music lessons, homework, projects, extracurricular activities, and not to mention family obligations. During the summer, there’s a nice break so your child actually has better focus. Without the stress and demands of school, students are able to learn more and make bigger strides forward in their music lessons.
There’s no break in progress! Here’s another example that might really hit home. If you work out for 9 months straight, and take 3 months off totally or only work out once every few weeks, what will happen to your 9 months of progress? It will take at least a month or more to get back to the place where you were before. The same is true of music lessons. This past school year, your child has made incredible progress with their instrument. If there is not consistent practice with learning and accountability in their lessons throughout the summer, we have to try to re-motivate, re-teach, and renew the skills and interest lost over that long three months without any practice or lessons.
Summer is a great time to conquer new goals. Summer is the perfect time for students (with the help of their music teacher!) to challenge themselves with some stretch goals – finishing a music book, memorizing “x” number of pages of music, mastering note reading, excelling at sight reading, or learning that one piece that they have always wanted to learn. With more time in the summer, it is absolutely possible to achieve some really big goals!
In the summer, there are more opportunities to share your music with others. Consider putting on a concert for visiting family and friends. Visit an elderly friend in a nursing home and put a smile on their face with your singing or playing music. Take the extra time to attend some concerts in the area.
Make your summer better by building wonderful, musical summer memories in your summer music lessons as you make progress, crush your goals, share your music with others, and come back in the fall with the confidence and new skills to show for it!