Summer officially arrives this week, and as a violin teacher I'm seeing major changes in everyone's schedules and routines. The question on my mind is: will violin practice, performance and playing be a big part of this summer's activities? More so than during the school year? Less so?
Of course, this summer comes on the heels of a global pandemic that has been affecting people in various ways, depending on geography. Some areas feel like they are emerging from it; others are worse than ever. For me, when it comes to performing, things are just only beginning to open up, and I anticipate that it will be a while before the playing gigs begin for me.
As for teaching and student activity, last summer, while things were very shut down in my area, my teaching schedule went full-tilt. Since no one was going anywhere, the students simply kept doing their Zoom lessons during the summer, the same way they did during the school year. This year, however, everything in my area is opening up and many people are prioritizing trips to see family and friends that they have not seen in more than a year. Or they are traveling simply because they can once again do so. So as a teacher, my routine for this summer will be a bit less intense in a lot of ways, but I'm still teaching (more and more often in-person, yay!) and I'm still doing things such as attending the online Juilliard Symposium on Violin Studies next week!
Summer can also be a time for taking a deeper dive into the violin, viola, cello or whatever music you play, because there are so many programs available for students, amateurs and professionals. (Still not to late to find one, here is our list of recommendations!) Setting aside a week for something like a music camp or program can really boost one's playing -- and one's motivation!
What are your plans this summer, and will your musical activities get a little more intense, or are you taking a break? Or perhaps your level of activity will stay about the same, but you might be doing a few different things than you would during the school year or season. Please pick the answer that best fits for you, and then tell us in the comments about your summer musical plans and goals.
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