Author, blogger, violinist, teacher, CSM founder.
Music lessons are as important during the school year, as they are during the summer break. School comes to an end, and parents and students want a break from the everyday hustle and bustle, and maybe a break for their wallets too. But is it a good idea to cancel your child’s music lessons during the summer?

Time to get ahead!

Continuing lessons doesn’t mean you can’t go on vacation, or take some time off to spend with your family. But takin off more than a month at a time can come with some serious repercussions for your child.
1. Loss of Skill

We’ve all felt the joy that comes with feeling accomplished after working at something for a period of time, be it a piece or song, building something, or finishing a project. That accomplishment came because of our dedication and consistency.

When taking an extended break from lessons and practice, your child takes two steps back, and come the fall, they will feel disappointed when they try to play the last piece they worked on before summer began, and realize that they can’t play it quite as well.

This means more money for you as a parent in the long run as well because your child will have to recap with your teacher for a few lessons before they are back to the skill level they left off with before summer began.

2. Muscle Memory Loss

Muscle memory is something you build with repetition and consistency. Your fingers start to learn the precise distances between the keys on the piano, frets on a guitar or finger patterns, so that you don’t have to concentrate quite as hard on the placement and patterns required, but as the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you lose it.

“Music is an outburst of the soul.”
3. Loss of Momentum 

Losing momentum of lessons means your child will slowly start to fall behind the skill level of their peers. If your child’s school has a good music program and happens to have an orchestra, your child might lose his spot and end up having to work harder to catch up to the rest of his peers.

We all know kids get discouraged very fast. The last thing they want to hear is that they need to work harder because they’ve fallen behind over the summer. Continuing lessons over the summer ensures their momentum isn’t disturbed.

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