10 Things To Do On Summer Break!
by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
- Lessons. Take 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. [I’m currently taking new students, fyi.]
- Practice. Work hard 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 or composer you don’t know.
- 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 a 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!”