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How to Stay Motivated During the Summer

Author: John Dapaah | Piano Coach
The weather is getting warmer, school is almost out for the summer, and the vacation/wedding season is almost upon us. How can you possibly stay motivated to practice? Think about how much you can grow as an artist over the 2 month “break”. How much closer would you be to your goal or recording, performing, or both? Here are a few tips on staying motivated through the summer.
1 – Balance your schedule
Now I’m not saying you should spend the WHOLE day practicing (unless you want to, of course). Spend 45 minutes to an hour a day practicing. Breaking up the practice session may help too – instead of doing the whole session at once, do some in the morning and then in the evening. The time will fly by before you know it.
2 – Continue Lessons
If you have a hard time staying motivated by yourself, continue your lessons with your teacher. Even if its only a few times per month, find time to have those lessons. They’ll be sure to keep you in gear.
3 – Play with other musicians
You now have more time to explore other artists and musicians to jam with. Most of the greatest bands all started by jamming together. Playing with others makes it feel less like a practice session. Who knows, maybe your jam sessions can turn into something more!
4 – Participate in Festivals and Workshops
There are plenty of musical activities happening during the summer. Whether it’s a musical, a music camp, or workshops, you can find one that works for you. These activities are also more laid back and you won’t feel the “pain” of practicing!
Enjoy your summer practice!