However, if you don’t want all of the effort you’ve put into music lessons to go to waste, you should consider working towards maintaining – and even growing – your musical knowledge over the course of the summer.
Here are several ways to ensure that you don’t lose what you’ve gained from your practice and lessons.
Bring Your Instrument with You
Summer activities often include camping, fishing, or going to the beach. While not all outings are conducive to practicing or playing an instrument, if you’re willing to bring your instrument with you where you go, you will find that there are many great opportunities.
Playing by the campfire is often welcomed and even expected. A jam session in the shade can be a good way to pass the hottest hours of the day.
If you don’t bring your instrument with you, these opportunities will not present themselves. You have to be deliberate.
Many people are on a modified work or school schedule over the course of the summer. This can make it a little trickier to plan ahead.
However, making a calendar for yourself and scheduling in practice time can go a long way towards keeping consistency; especially if you aren’t in the habit of doing this already. After all, you only need 15 – 30 minutes daily for upkeep.
If you know that you’re going out of town, you can pack up your instrument beforehand. If you’re staying with friends, you can check and see if they happen to have an instrument that you can use.
A little bit of planning can make a big difference.
Your teacher’s lesson plan should be helping you to move closer to your personal goals. However, this isn’t to say that you can’t study or learn new things on your own time.
It’s important to realize that there isn’t necessarily a singular path to achieving your objectives. There are many ways to get to where you want to go.
You can either speed up or support your personal journey by learning from different sources. You can delve into books and online resources, learn from others who are better than you, and be proactive in seeking out knowledge.
If you enjoy playing music, you won’t find it hard to take some initiative.
Your musical growth program is your own. Only you know what you want to be able to do with your musical instrument, so only you can set your goals.
For example, your goal might be to learn an entire song over the course of the summer.
Once you know what you’re after, you can make a plan for how you are going to get it. You might work towards learning the intro and verse riffs in the first two weeks, the chorus in the third and fourth weeks, the solo in the fifth and sixth weeks, and so on.
Even if you miss a goal, you have not failed. You will probably find that your goal will drive you to reach unprecedented heights.