Top 10 Things To Do On Summer Break!
by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
- Lessons. Take online private lessons with a good teacher. A good teacher will spend time improving your basics and teaching you how to practice in addition to working on music.
- Practice. With the pandemic, online school, stay-at-home orders, and such, it has been difficult for many to consistently practice or even practice at all. Now that school is out, work hard to make time to practice in a good routine.
- Basics. Work on improvements and adjustments in your technique. Hey Students! How about working on what your teacher emphasized last semester – posture, embouchure, tonguing, etc.?
- Improve. Work on Scales, Etudes, Sight Reading, and Transposition.
- Study. Study a work you don’t know: orchestra, band, solo, chamber music, etc.
- Clean. Organize your office and/or practice space! Those stacks of music (and pizza boxes!) need to be dealt with. AND clean out your case!
- CALL! Contact an older musician – especially a retired private teacher or band director. Pick up the phone and see how they are doing. Stop reading this and call them right now – yes, right now!
- Movies. Watch old movies (check out Turner Classic Movies) and listen to the music. Learn about the composers. Some of them have written solo music for your instrument!
- Jazz. Work on Jazz or a style that is new to you. If you don’t know anything about Jazz, Now’s The Time to learn.
- Live. Get outside in the sunshine (as appropriate during the pandemic in your area). Attend an online church or similar meeting, get some exercise, read a good book, learn a foreign language, become a volunteer in an organization that helps people, etc.
ClarinetMike says, “Have a Great Summer!”