by Barbra Weidlein
You know what happens when you take some time off from your music. The rust sets in pretty quickly! So what can you do to keep your music strong this summer, especially if you plan to send in your prescreens, audition for competitions, or try out for school orchestras, choirs, or bands this fall?
1. Keep practicing
This can be tricky if you’re not taking lessons. But it’s important. Find an app that supports you in keeping up with practice. Do something nice for yourself if you meet your practice goals at the end of each week.
2. Jam and perform with others
Get together at least once a week with other musicians. Try some new things. See if you can get a gig or two — even if it doesn’t pay, at this stage it’s great practice and gets your name out there.
Talk with people who are steps ahead of you in the music world. How did they get there? What advice do they have for you? Learning how to network will be a huge advantage to you as you start developing your career plans in any area of music. If anything stops you from networking, this is a great time to find out why and figure out how to move forward.
4. Go to concerts
Challenge your listening skills in new ways. Watch how the musicians interact with the audience. Stretch your musical tastes.
5. Listen to music
Again, stretch your musical interests by listening to genres of music you’ve never heard before. Tune in to music you already know in new ways.
Do you have tips to add to the list? Let MajoringInMusic.com know and we’ll consider quoting you (and giving you and your music a shout out as well).