School is out for the summer! For students, this is the time to relax and forget about studying for a couple of months. For those of us enrolled in music school, it’s not so simple. Your music lessons may be on hold until fall, but unlike regular homework, playing an instrument involves physical as well as intellectual effort. It’s important to keep your fingers in shape so that you’ll be able to pick back up where you left off once lessons resume. Read on for tips on how to make summer practicing fun and productive!
- Play music you enjoy
Now is the time to explore music that interests you that you didn’t have time for while school was in session. Look for sheet music for one of your favorite songs. Try to play that piece you saw on YouTube. This will also give you the chance to train your ear and listen to yourself while having fun. It’s great for music students to work on pieces for their own enjoyment rather than just to meet deadlines or to practice for an exam. If it’s a difficult piece, try to learn a small section or just your favorite part.
2. Practice early
Summer is a popular vacation time. You never know when you’ll be leaving for a vacation or a day at the pool. If you get your practicing out of the way first thing, you will have the rest of the day to enjoy yourself. Practicing early is also typically easier since you’re less tired from the events of the day.
3. Practice with friends
If you have friends who also play instruments, you are very lucky! Get together and learn a duet, trio, or more. This will allow you to enjoy the summer with your friends while becoming a better, more well-rounded musician. Accompanying other musicians is a great way to enhance your listening skills.
4. Set a realistic schedule
You don’t have to practice for two hours every day. Summer practicing is all about having fun and relaxing while keeping your skills sharp. As best you can, sit down to practice at the same time every day. Pay attention to how long it takes before you start getting tired and learn to stop before you get to that point. This will help you enjoy the process and build a habit of practicing consistently.