Summer is the perfect time to go back to the basics and freshen up your music skills.
Regardless of the instrument, you perform, here are some tips to help hone your skills and prepare yourself to play more challenging recital pieces during our fall and spring semesters.
- Practice your instrument at least 5 times per week. If you can fit in 7 days, even better!
2. Spend a few minutes quizzing yourself on treble clef notes (AND bass clef if you are a piano player and/or vocalist!). You can type in “music note flashcards” on your cell to search for a practice app, or search a site like Amazon to purchase flashcards.
3. Warm up at the beginning of each practice session with some scales. Try building your speed while maintaining good technique. If you are a vocalist, do vocal warmups that you have worked on with your music teacher. How clear are your vowels and consonants? How balanced is your posture? How’s your expression?
4. Play/sing old performance pieces and focus on dynamics and articulation. How can you play legato? How crisp can you play your staccato notes?
5. Take a few minutes each day to sight-read/sight-sing a piece you have not performed before. Even just a few minutes a day will improve your ability!
6. Review note names and lengths. Are you counting your notes for their full length?
7. Review old music terms from your method books or notes so they are fresh in your mind for summer and fall lessons.
8. Most importantly, practice regularly and use the extra time you have when school is out to improve your musical ability.
Join us for our upcoming Summer session! Spots for our Group Music lessons are still available! Take the summer to better your skills with our incredible instructors!
Click below for details and our FULL Summer schedule!