Summer is a time when kids play and have no worries! For some kids, practicing their instruments is a no-brainer, but for others, the last thing on their mind is doing something they equate with school and homework. Parents can help keep their kids interested in music lessons to make sure their skills do not decline and they get behind in the fall.
Check out these tips for parents to keep kids interested in music lessons during their summer vacation.
1. It?s easy for kids to say they will practice another day, but if they take the whole summer off from music lessons, they will see their skills decline. Instead of allowing your kids to ?practice tomorrow,? set weekly goals for them to make sure they keep up with practice.
2. Take music inspired field trips! Field trips do not only have to be school year activities. Summer music festivals take place all around the U.S. and many are family oriented. Take the day off work or find a friend (nanny, babysitter) to take your kids to a music festival. Kids are easily inspired and could find a renewed interest in their instrument if they see a musician rocking out.
3. Give incentives to practice. Kids love games and prizes! Create a chart and set ?point values? to hours practiced. These points will become the money to buy tickets to water parks, movies or other activities children might want to take. Let them know when each event will take place and tell them how many points they will need to earn the trip. It?s helpful to break it down to a set number of hours practiced per week.
4. Enroll kids in in-home music lessons. During the summer months, most kids do not have music lessons. Signing them up for weekly lessons will keep them on track so they are learning new things and not just getting bored with the same things they learned during the school year.