Your child is still learning how to play their instrument and continuing to improve, so keeping them playing during the break from school is an important step in their growth as a musician. For this fact alone, you should continue to rent your child’s instrument throughout the summer so they can play and practice.

But how can you do this over the summer break?

Check with your child’s school music teacher, as they may be able to direct you to summer band or orchestra activities, programs and camps. You can also check with your local community municipality and see what they have to offer for the summer months.

Also, look to your local NEMC Authorized Dealer or community music store and seek out private one-on-one lessons! They are not at all expensive and usually take place once a week. This can continue through the school year as well!

And don't forget to keep them practicing!  Most music teachers would recommend your child practices for ten to twenty minutes every other day so they continue to develop their skills.  So even in the summer, make it part of their routine.  And make practicing fun - check to see if some of your child's favorite songs are available in our collection of songbooks.

Some other inspiring ideas:

  • Go see concerts in your school district – Middle School and High School students can show your child where they might be in a few years if they continue to play.
  • Take your child to a concert or to see local musicians play. Many parks offer live music over the summer.
  • Parades are another great avenue for seeing musicians play!
  • Introduce your children to musicals whether at a community playhouse or renting a movie to watch at home.
  • Share your favorite bands/music with your budding musician.