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Seven Summertime Solutions For Sustaining

Dec 17, 2007
Here in the Northeast, when summer finally arrives, you want to spend as much time as possible savoring every moment of the longer days filled with warm temperatures and beautiful weather.

It's been a long year filled with too many commitments, schedules, requirements and far too much rushing around. All you want to do is relax, bask in the sun, have fun and relish the opportunity to slow down your hectic pace.

So you ask yourself several questions like:

How can I keep my music alive?
How can I stay motivated?
How can I put playing the piano on hold for three months?
How can I have a good time without suffering the consequences?
How can I choose outdoor recreation without feeling guilty?
How can I afford to jeopardize the musical level that
I have worked so hard to achieve?

Here Are Seven Summertime Solutions
for Sustaining Your Music the Easy Way:

1. Listen to songs or pieces of music (on CDs or an IPod) that you
play or would like to play.

2. Look at the sheet music while you listen to songs or pieces of music (on CDs or an IPod) that you would like to learn.

3. Organize all of your favorite songs and / or classical pieces into a loose leaf book or folder and play one or more of these every day before bed or first thing in the morning.

4. Read books and articles about music such as:

a. biographies of performers and / or composers
b. motivational material: here's a partial list:

The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner Piano Lessons by Noah Adams The Art of Possibility by Benjamin & Rosamund Zander A Soprano on Her Head: Right-Side-Up Reflections on Life and Other Performances by Eloise Ristad

5. Practice outdoors on a portable keyboard. (Many work with batteries). You can certainly play some songs, experiment with ideas, and even learn how to use the instrument's rhythmic capabilities.

6. Set a realistic musical goal for the fall. Here are some examples of goals:

a. I will memorize one song
b. I will be able to play five songs well
c. I will learn one new song or classical piece
d. I will select 10 songs to learn during the year

7. Take some piano lessons during the summer months. Many children and adults benefit from receiving the guidance, encouragement and support that a good teacher can provide. Having some accountability without the normal school year mind-set can actually pave the way for a healthy measure of musical growth during the summer months.

Copyright 2007 by Ed Mascari
About the Author
Ed Mascari has been teaching piano privately to children and adults for nearly three decades. He is a seasoned performer (pianist/ jazz organist) of show tunes, jazz and popular music as well as a published classical composer and church musician. Visit Ed's website at: http://www.mykeyboardsuccess.com ed@edmascari.com 508-651-2590 (Natick Studio) Mail: 57 Hunter Ave, Hudson MA 01749-3043
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