What can parents do to help kids practice during summer?

Do you dread trying to keep your kids practicing their music during the summer?

It can be a tough hill to climb when the kids don’t have the anchor of weekly practice at school to keep them focused.

Recently, our Strings Foundation president Bill Abel sat down with program director and conductor Andy Matzkow and asked him a few questions about what he recommends for summer practice. There’s a real nugget of wisdom in one of Andy’s suggestions. See if you can spot it.

Click to Play Audio Interview (1 min 31 seconds)

Audio transcript

Bill Abel: So Andy, the question we’re gonna do a blog, the question is – what can parents do to help kids practice during the summer?

Andy Matzkow: Continue their private instruction, make a schedule so the child practices on a daily basis, and if there are any camps that are available or programs, we have the access to them, see us, we will let you know where they can go, what they can do and please try to get your child involved in those.

Bill Abel: As far as daily practice, how long do you recommend for….

Andy Matzkow: I will practice at least 45 minutes to one hour a day, and the more they practice, the better they’re gonna get, over the summer if a child doubles their practice they’re gonna make an extra year progress over the summer, so that’s important.

Bill Abel: What kind of tricks would you recommend to help parents get kids to practice an hour a day?

Andy Matzkow: Well, listen to them, and encourage them by being positive about how they’re sounding and letting them know you sound better now…gee… the more you practice you’re sounding so much more like a musician and giving them that positive stroking so they continue to want to it and don’t look upon it like it’s a chore, but a pleasure.

Bill Abel: Great!

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