Typically, students find the next 6-7 weeks (practicing in May and June) the most difficult when it comes to practicing. We have had a long winter and the nice weather is finally here. In school, many teachers are assigning more homework to sure up their goals for the year and kids are tired of going to school at this point. It is tempting for parents to conclude that their kids should take a break from music for the summer because of this. Don’t jump to this conclusion. Difficulty with practicing is perfectly normal this time of year. If it is possible to practice 10-15 minutes a day before school or at night, that can be enough to keep progressing.
Our experience, year after year, tells us as soon as kids are out of school it is easy to re-establish a consistent practice routine by practicing first thing in the morning before any electronic devices are turned on or before kids head outside for the day. We are accustomed to working around vacation times and summer camp schedules in the summer. Some students take hour lessons on the weeks they are available. Simply talk to the office about schedules in June and we will make arrangements with you for the summer.
When students stop for the summer and start up again in September, we find that it generally takes until November to get their level up to where it was in June. Both you and your teacher have invested a lot towards your child’s progress. Keep going!
If you would like personal assistance with any of the blog concepts, online and on-location lessons are available from Let’s Play Music and Make Art, LLC located in Derry and Londonderry, NH. www.letsplaymusic.com