How to Keep Your Children Playing Musical Instruments During the Summer

June 18, 2013 mwagner
By Marty Wimmer, Classical 94.5 WNED program host and band director at Cayuga Heights Elementary School

If your children play musical instruments in the school band or orchestra, they have plenty of opportunities to play their instruments during the school year - lessons, rehearsals, concerts, etc.  But what happens during the summer? Do your children stop playing their instruments altogether? Many do. They simply resume playing when the next school year begins. Sadly, a summer hiatus leads to major losses in music literacy and playing technique. It takes the first six weeks of school just to regain what was lost over the summer. So what can you do about it? How can you keep your youngsters playing their instruments during the summer? I posed this question to a large group of band directors and my colleagues at school. Here is our advice:



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