5 Benefits of Summer Music Lessons

We did it! After a very long school year including every type of learning, we finally made it to summer! Time to bust out the sunscreen, visit your favorite snow cone stand, and enjoy a few weeks of relaxation.

But wait— it’s also the perfect time to make your plan for summer music lessons!

We know, we know, it can be tempting to take a break from lessons over the summer, but with a little planning, it’s totally possible to incorporate music education into your summer routine. 

Remember, keeping up with music lessons is essential to your student’s progress, and summer is the perfect time to reignite a love of learning and refine new skills. 

Need a little more convincing? Here’s our top 5 benefits to summer lessons: 

  1. Improved time management skills: Summer means more free time—usually more than any other time of  year. But without some intentional planning, it’s easy for all that extra time to be spent mindlessly. 

Before you know it, school’s starting, and your student is beginning lessons again, but at a lower skill level than before. (Which is frustrating for both parents and kids!) With summer lessons, students get to practice good time management skills, improve their music ability, and feel a sense of accomplishment each day. 

  1. Creativity boost! Yes, there’s nothing like sleeping in on the first day of summer and taking it easy the rest of the day. But as every parent knows, all that freedom eventually turns into the phrase every Mom hates to hear: “Mom, I’m bored!”

But boredom doesn’t have to be a bad thing, especially if you use it as an opportunity to   help your students practice some creativity alongside their instruments. So next time you hear the dreaded “I’m bored” from your student, encourage them to turn to music, even if it’s just to tinker, play around, or get a little silly.

  1. Playing with passion. With the pressure of preparing for a recital behind them, kids can spend the whole summer working on music they truly love to play. Let your student learn all their favorite songs (yes, even the ones you’ve heard over and over) and encourage them to identify any new music styles or artists that might motivate them to practice. 
  1. Better Routines. They may not want to admit it, but every kid thrives when given a routine. Continuing a daily habit of music practice and weekly lessons can help provide some much needed structure and productivity to that otherwise blissfully open schedule.

And here’s another secret: routines are good for grown-ups too. Who knew helping your child meet their daily practicing goal or getting them to their lessons could help you feel a sense of accomplishment too? 

  1. Consistency= confidence. Continuing lessons through the summer months ensures students keep a forward momentum to their progress. Just like exercise, music takes small, consistent daily effort in order to see the results. 

Taking a full summer off almost always guarantees students will need to backtrack and review past work in the fall, which can have a negative impact on their confidence— especially for beginners. So stick it out, and enjoy the results!

Of course, it wouldn’t be summer at The Piano Place without a full calendar of fun workshops, activities, and opportunities that help keep students engaged in music all summer long. Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements regarding every exciting opportunity and we look forward to celebrating summer with you! 

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel
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