How to Encourage Your Kid to Practice During the Summer
1. HOST A MINI-RECITAL
Help your child organize their own summer concert! This can be as simple as lining up some teddy bears in the living room and putting on a performance for them. Or, you can go all out and design a recital program, invite family and friends, and even enjoy refreshment when it is over.
2. LEARN A NEW SONG TOGETHER
Is there a special song that your child has heard on the radio or in a movie this summer? Why not get together on the violin, guitar, or piano and learn it together! Search on YouTube for your song and add the words “piano tutorial” or “violin tutorial” to the songs title and you are ready to go!
3. ADD A NEW MUSIC BOOK TO YOUR COLLECTION
One of my favorite music memories was going to the local music store with my Mom and picking out a new piano book to learn during the summer. If you live in Victoria, B.C. you can visit Long & McQuade, Tom Lee Music, or Larsen Music for a great selection in Disney, Pop Tunes, Easy Play Classical, etc. If you are not sure what level of difficulty a piece should be, bring in your child’s current method book and the staff will able to help you find a good fit.
For a great no cost option you can visit your local public library or swap music books with a friend.
4. CREATE A REWARD CHART
If your son or daughter is like mine, they might love a reward chart like this Piano Pirate Incentive Map to help encourage piano practice during the summer. Or make your own! Have a prize at the end (a trip to the ice cream store, new box of sidewalk chalk, or tickets to the Nutcracker!).
5. TAKE IT OUTSIDE
For mobile instruments, like the violin or guitar, bring your instrument outside to your backyard have fun playing your favorite tunes. For piano players, keep your eyes on the news for projects like this.