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#94 Summer Music Survival Guide: 13 Practice Tips

Updated: May 23



By Christy | the Practicing Pro

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Summer is just around the corner, and we all know what happens during summer – practice drops to the bottom of the priority list. We mean for it to stay at the top with beginning of the summer good intentions, but then it slip, slip, slips down each day.
And I get it!
Those warm, carefree summer months are short and sweet, and the beach is calling right?
But remember, if your child doesn't practice their instrument during the summer, it will be harder for them to pick up where they left off in June come September. If they return to lessons again feeling rusty, this can be very discouraging for them. As their lesson start date gets closer, instead of being excited to see their teacher and play music, they can feel embarrassed and down on themselves.
Ahh!! This is not WHY we have our children in music lessons. This is the exact opposite! We have them in music lessons to build their self-confidence and to teach them they can do something smaller each day that will turn into something big over time, we want them to have a place to express themselves comfortably and a place where they can shine and be unique and feel good about themselves and their abilities, and so many more things that playing music can bring.
Now compare that again to their feelings at the summer's end without practice. Feeling rusty, embarrassed, like they have gone backwards now after the months of hard work they did the last year and right before concerts to end with a bang! Everything that was easy feels hard now, and they are not excited to see their teacher and play for them etc...
The key to avoiding all this and keeping your “WHY” alive and strong for music lessons is to practice every day, even if it's just for a few minutes.
Here are some ways to help you keep your child's music practice consistent and their interest up over the summer.

NOTE: The key to success here is committing to summer lessons, camps, projects, and/or including music in your summer activities. Saying you will “practice every day” usually doesn't cut it in the summer when you don't have a regular daily routine, like during the school year.














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You can not JUST keep up your summer practicing but you can teach your children so many more things in the summer time! Don’t let your child miss out on these amazing things and good luck with your summer plans and practices.

Speaking of suggestions, check out my Free PDF download Checklist for a Successful Music Practice for teachers and practicing parents.

Your easy checklist for successful home music practices from Christy, the practicing pro. Whether you are a new or seasoned practice parent/teacher, this checklist will help you organize before, during, and after practices for effective and fun practices.


Check out my Free PDF download Checklist for a Successful Music Practice for teachers and practicing parents.

Your easy checklist for successful home music practices from Christy, the practicing pro. Whether you are a new or seasoned practice parent or music teacher, this checklist will help you organize before, during, and after practices for effective and fun practices.


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