It's time for the beach! Do we have to think about violin?
All of us need a break, some down time, and a needed vacation or two. But teachers and parents, let's not abandon our students to the summer mushy-brained slump.
Here are three low-maintenance things we can give our children this summer that will help them stay on the practicing wagon, and ensure their solid continuation in the fall:
1. We can give them repetition. Going back over the material from the lesson at home will greatly aid retention and quality of practicing. Even if you only have a couple of lessons this summer, you can make them count by going back over the material at home. Click here for a bow technique worth repeating!
2. We can give them a sense of control. Give your student a clear direction of what she needs to do, and then encourage her to master it herself. See practice tips #6 - #10 for some specific ideas of what to work on this summer for technique.
3. We can give them attention. Our presence and attention is the single biggest factor in the success our children. Decide how much time you are willing to give violin this summer (and be honest about your own need for vacation and break time), and then commit to being present for that time.
Even though we may just want to flake out and play Candy Crush all day, 10-20 minutes of attention from us will make a big difference this summer.
Happy Summer Practicing!
P.S. For a fun Book One boost check out these lyrics. They help with memorization, and encourage singing along for pitch, but they also introduce a story to imagine, which is always a help to musicality! Pre-Twinkle also. Click here for free downloadable lyrics.