Summer is approaching and the end of the school year is fast approaching. How about signing up your children for music lessons for the summer? This is a great idea especially if you are going to be spending the summer around the house. If you are going to be away from home, then summer is not the time to learn a new musical instrument. If you have a super busy summer planned, then wait until the fall to sign up for lessons when you have a better grip on the schedule.
If you are going to begin music lessons, I believe piano is always the best instrument to start off with because you learn both sides of music. Piano and keyboards are the only instruments where you learn both the treble and the bass clefs. In other words, the student learns music played by the right hand and the left hand. All other instruments use only the bass or the treble clef.
If you have small children and they’re not interested in piano, start them out on the ukulele. The ukulele is a fantastic little instrument to get kids started. It’s very portable and they can take it anywhere. It will fit in a backpack so they can always have music with them wherever they go.
Guitar is also a great musical instrument choice for the summer. Start with an electric guitar that’s for student’s size. Electric guitar will help move them along and progress will be made much quicker.
If you have a student that is interested in being in band the next school year, then get them lessons for the instrument they want to play during the summer. This way they will be ahead of the class and be a leader in their section. Children do much better when they are already ahead of the other students in the band.
Students who learn to play a band instrument over the summer also learn music theory in a one-on-one setting with their teacher. Theory can be tricky and when it is taught in a large group of students who are at different levels of learning music, this is an important area of music that will be passed over. Students can end up learning to play by ear, not by reading the music. This is a slower way of learning.
Have a great summer and get jazzed about learning music. Learning to play an instrument will last a lifetime, and I can get jazzed about that!