With Summer vacation rolling in, it’s a good time to revisit the last “R” in our “4 Rs of Routine,” Relax. We’re sure your student will enjoy some much-needed time off from the daily grind of schooling, and that’s a good thing. Life is seasonal; we shouldn’t expect to keep up with our routines 365 days a year! Still, there can be too much of a good thing. A student who goes a whole summer without practicing their instrument will lose much of the progress they’ve made during the spring. After all, music is a lot like exercise — you don’t want to overdo it, but if you leave it for too long, your muscles will atrophy. With this in mind, here are some ways to keep your child practicing and improving over the summer! MAKING SUMMER PRACTICE FUN DON’T LET THE LONG BREAK BE A SETBACK Part of the reason music practice dwindles in the summer is because much of a student’s extracurricular schedule is tied to school work. If your child is used to practicing for a half- hour after they finish their homework, they no longer have that day-to-day rhythm. However, if they have daily or weekly activities like summer chores or sports, these can provide a perfect framework for making practice feel natural. TIE PRACTICE TO ANOTHER SUMMER ROUTINE
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PLAN A FAMILY PERFORMANCE
The summer can be a great time for kids to show extended relatives just how much their talents have grown. If you have a trip planned to visit family, ask your child if they’d like to perform during the visit! Having an upcoming event to prepare for will help give their summer practices focus, and the performance itself will help them get used to playing for an audience.
PLAY THE HITS
Having time off from school can make sticking to other routines feel “less fun” for kids. Practices may feel more frustrating than normal when they want to be playing with their siblings and friends. That’s why it’s good to emphasize what your child is already good at during the summertime. Sit in on their lessons, encourage them to play the songs they love, and provide the positive feedback they need to be able to remember the joy in playing music!
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