With the end of the school year comes the end of school band and orchestra classes as well. For now any way! If you want to be prepared for instrumental music in the fall, summer practice is essential. Here are some ways to keep your skills up over the summer break:
1. Set a goal: During the school year, you are working with the ensemble to prepare for upcoming concerts, festivals, and adjudications, so it's easier to know what to work on. Over the summer, you don't necessarily have these same goals to work towards, so it can be hard to focus your practice. To combat this tendency, think of a concrete goal you would like to reach by the end of the summer and gear your practice towards acheiving that goal. This can be a specific piece of music you want to perform, a set of scales, rudiments, or exercises you want to master at a certain tempo, or a new technique you want to learn. Being able to track progress towards this goal is a great way to stay motivated.
2. Perform when possible: Just because you're not playing with the school band or orchestra doesn't mean there are no perfomance opportunities over the summer! Performances come in many forms, be they formal recitals, open mic nights, or even a performance at a family get together. Music is a performing art, and there are few things more rewarding than being able to share music with others and have your hard work and practice appreciated by friends and family.
3. Take private lessons: Especially if you are having a hard time thinking of what to practice, taking lessons one on on with a qualified instructor can help you reach your summer music goals. In private lessons, you can focus on your specific strengths, weaknesses, and interests which makes it much easier to progress with the instrument. Private teachers will often also offer student recitals, giving you another chance to show off your skills.
Music & Arts wants to help! Here are some events we have going on this summer to help promote summer practice:
1. Summer Sound Challenge: Music & Arts has partnered with smartmusic to offer your students practice resources and access to some free (and fun) songs to practice throughout the summer. Learn more about this event here.
2. Lesson Open House: Music & Arts is the nations largest music lesson provider, and we'd love to have you join our lessons family! From June 18th through June 24th, many of our music teachers here at Music & Arts will be offering free consultations for prospective students. On the weekend, we will be having several events, including an open mic performace from some of our students on Friday June 22nd from 6-8pm and two free beginner guitar classes given by our teacher Ney Mello on Saturday June 23rd at 11am and 1pm. We will also have a promotion from Friday the 22nd to Sunday the 24th where the first 11 folks to sign up for a month of lessons will receive a free guitar or ukulele! If you would like to RSVP for the event, you may call the store or fill out the form here.
3. Monthly Open Mic Night: Year round we have our monthly Third Friday Open Mic Night where musicians in the community can come and perform on any instrument (including voice!) in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. If you would like to perform in our July 20th or August 17th open mic nights, give us a call at the store or stop by!