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Why summer is the best time to try a new instrument

Why summer is the best time to try a new instrument

Here’s what we’ve noticed at Learning Allegro when our students try out new instruments during summer break. 

In the last few years, we’ve seen a surge of students at Learning Allegro who try a new instrument over the summer. We don’t blame them! Here are a few great reasons to consider letting your child experiment with a new musical hobby when school lets out.


1. IT’S SUMMER. That means your child does not have homework on his or her plate. Without essays to write, school sports, or yearbook club meetings, most kids have lighter loads in the summer. That makes the June-to-September window a perfect time to try out a new, fun responsibility. Summer also means that your child can’t use homework as an excuse not to practice. But we digress!


2. IT HELPS YOUR CHILD RECOGNIZE THAT MUSIC IS NOT JUST A “SCHOOL THING.”  There’s a healthy, constructive time and place to make music lessons part of a child’s academic education. Many of our students play in school bands or orchestras. They get homework to practice — and that homework is important! However, parents and educators do music lessons a disservice when we make them sound like one more after-school chore. Taking lessons in the summer will help your child to view practicing as a leisure activity, not just a school obligation. It helps put the “fun” back into something we often dismiss as routine.


3. IT’S A SHORT TERM COMMITMENT. Is your son convinced that he’s the world’s next greatest tuba player? Maybe he just needs two or three months to get it out of his system! Give your child an opportunity to try that brand new instrument over the summer. If he hates it, you’ve lost relatively little time and money. If he loves it, you might have the next tuba sensation on your hands after all!


4. IT WIDENS YOUR CHILD’S MUSICAL VOCABULARY. The best musicians are versatile musicians. That’s why music schools require their graduates to take entry-level courses on several different types of instruments. Cello majors will still have backgrounds in voice, piano, or woodwinds, for example, because it actually makes them more accomplished in their main studies. When your child tries a new instrument, even just for a few months, the same thing will happen. Branching out always results in a stronger, well-rounded musician.




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