If you went on vacation this summer, chances are you probably haven’t touched your instrument in a few weeks. You may be a little rusty and school is right around the corner. But, have no fear! We have created 10 easy steps on how to get “back to school” ready:
- Get Back Into a Practice Routine: Set a practice schedule and stick to it. Try setting a phone alarm at the same time every day to get into a routine. Consistency is the key to success when it comes to music.
- Make Sure Your Instrument is Tuned: Whether you play a string instrument, brass instrument, woodwinds or piano… The heat of the summer can wreak havoc on all musical instruments. Before you go back to school, it is a good idea to take your instrument to be serviced and tuned.
- Warm Up With Scales: Even if you just have a few minutes to practice, make sure to play your scales! Besides getting your fingers back in shape, scales will also help you remember your key signatures.
- Review Old Songs: Start with some easy repertoire, and work your way up to your most recently completed song.
- Do Note Reading Exercises: You don’t even have to be on your instrument in order to brush up on your musical skills. Reviewing notes on the staff is a great way to get back to school ready. Try this fun app Note Works to help review your notes.
- Sight-Read: Open up your book to any simple song you haven’t learned yet and try to sight-read through a few bars of it.
- Review Rhythms: Don’t forget about rhythms! Brush up on your quarter notes, half notes, eighth notes etc. with this fun app: Rhythm Cat
- Review Musical Concepts & Terms: Brush up on your dynamics, articulations, and other common music vocabulary words so that you are ready to go for the first day back to music!
- Decide If You Are Doing NYSSMA: The sooner you tell your teacher that you want to participate in NYSSMA, the better! That way you can start preparing for all of the components of your level.
- Make a Wish List: Create a list of 5 songs you would like to learn this school year to bring to your teacher.