Bank holiday, half term, Spring, Summer, Winter holidays with extra time on your child’s hand? Let’s turn lemons into lemonades!
1. You’ll inspire each other.
How does it feel to hear the violin sound again in your home? It brings back some memories, doesn’t it? Often we see not only children get inspired by encouraging parents, but it also works the way around: children bringing back that childhood longing of music practice and so a journey begins.
And what better momentum it is to have a little come-back, perhaps not during the busy working weeks and the much-cherished little time to rest at weekends, but the holiday seasons. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. We always encourage parents to seize the day and get started again, shoulder to shoulder with their children.
The motivation, inspiration and knowing we all must put the craft and hard work in order to succeed … is there a better lesson than that?
2. Task shared is an easier one
Working on our own can feel more daunting and not the easiest to get ourselves revved up. But how about 2 or more souls working together, in harmony, where one plays one piece and the other another? Team effort always generates better spirit and motivation: a win-win scenario.
3. Performance as a bonding session
If your child is on a higher level, has passed the initial hurdles and is ready to share their musical passion with the world, how about sharing that special moment together, by choosing an appropriate piece that fits both your skills and talent? The memories and emotions coming out of the bonding practice sessions would be strong and long-lasting.
If there are stumbles on a section or a few notes, the smiles on each other’s faces and the shared closeness brought by performing together overcome all the obstacles while the confidence grows.
4. Experience the instrumental dealerships together
Imagine the smell of old wood or the sight of beautiful cellos hanging in a wonderful mahogany cabinet in a violin shop such as J P Guivier (http://guivier.com/) [non-affiliated recommendation]. Those moments of shared discoveries create strong bonding as part of the most memorable experiences in any parent-child relationship. There is no better time than during a school break when both parents and children are more relaxed to spend quality time together.
When you practice the same instrument as your child, you have a chance to inspire or get inspired by each other’s reactions – buy the same books, discuss the same composers and enjoy some Mozart for 4 hands on the piano!
5. Holiday time well spent
Holidays and school breaks shouldn’t be the graveyard of achievement that you and your child have worked hard to sustain for all term long. On the contrary, more and more parents find the additional free time granted by school breaks to be the best occasion to start some crash courses, getting that leap forwards and launching the child onto a higher platform when school resumes. Free time isn’t inactive down time; it’s an opportunity to achieve more.
Having 2-3 lessons weekly during holiday/school break could get you and your child, when working in tandem, to catch up on that dreadful theory reading or music-in-practice booklets.
6. Winning vs. regret
Amusingly, research points out that only 20% of children having music lessons whilst 70% of adults wish they had music lessons!
Some might question when is a good time to start, but the best time to start any further education, particularly music, is … right now! Grab life with all your might and decide now it’s the time. If your little one can do it, what excuse do you have? The secret is to just get started and the path from there would be so much easier!
During holidays, we have the wonderful opportunity to progress, utilise our time better and achieve more from what could easily become wasteful time. Make the most out of this half term and see the tremendous results going forwards!