Summer is here!! School is out (or will be in the next few days or so). Now it’s time for the swimming pools, cookouts, sleep overs, and catching lightning bugs in mason jars. Ok that last one isn’t so relevant in CA… there are no fireflies here, but I’m from the South and that is one of the things I loved doing as a kid on summer nights.
I guess I was a bit of an overachiever. I worked hard during the summer…. Ok, I can’t even type that with a straight face. I wasn’t an overachiever when it came to summertime. I really loved school but I also loved getting the break from school. But being older (and hopefully wiser) I realized later what an opportunity I had every year for nearly a three-month time period. I didn’t have projects with deadlines; I didn’t have a real structure to my day; I didn’t have anywhere I needed to be. All of those things equaled a perfect opportunity to get better at music. Now don’t get me wrong, I did practice and I continued to have lessons but I didn’t go above and beyond when I certainly had the TIME to do so.
What am I suggesting? Well, what if you doubled the time you normally practice?
Now before you leave your mouth hanging open due to shock I’m not saying you shouldn’t get a break. Have a vacation. Enjoy friends and family. Hang out just because you can. But consider taking some of that time to better your music skills. Learn a new piece you always enjoyed listening to. Get a jump on the book you’ll be playing out of in class next year. Try writing your own songs.
So I have a question for you. With so many more hours in the day at your disposal for summer, what will you spend some of that time doing?
Leave a comment and tell me how you will keep up your music during the summer!
- Summer Won’t Kill My Productivity — and Other Promises I’m Making to Myself (productivityathome.typepad.com)
- 8 Summer Activity Ideas for Kids (bostonmamas.com)
- Gym Class Heroes & That Awesome Two-Miler (runmoreawesome.com)
- mixtape: summertime (70dayweekend.com)