It may be summertime, but the show must go on! As summer gets into full swing, here are some tips from WDMCS teacher and Community Education instructor Angie Loney to keep your child’s music skills polished.
Tips to Keep Your Summer Musical
- If your child plays an instrument, encourage them to practice To make it easier, use a timer and set a goal. Whether it’s practice five days a week or 90 minutes a week, choose a goal and a reward to motivate your child to practice!
- Is your child a singer? Then sing! Sing along with the radio, in a children’s choir, sing with a CD, sing at church, or sing songs in the car. It doesn’t matter what song you sing, just sing!
- Does your child like drama? Encourage your child to take a drama class, or take them to see a show at one of the many community theaters or the Civic Center.
- Another way to motivate your child to practice is a performance! There are many places your child can perform. An informal performance can be as simple as performing for family and friends at home (even the cat or the dog), while a formal performance could take place at a retirement home or church. Have your child choose the songs, create a program, and plan snacks for after the show.
- Most importantly, music should be fun! Find what your child likes to do and encourage them to participate and take lessons, classes, or workshops. As a family, take time to listen to a variety of music and enjoy the many arts experiences our community has to offer.
Angie Loney has taught vocal and general music for 21 years, the past 14 at Crossroads Park Elementary. She has taught music for grades K-12, including show choirs, honor choirs, musicals, music camps, bell choirs, and community choirs. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her three children, reading, shopping, and maintaining her black belt in taekwondo. Along with her excellent tips, she included a quote that will inspire everyone to start enjoying music this summer: “Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” — Ronald Reagan
To learn more about Angie Loney’s classes and other WDMCS Community Education summer music programs, visit www.wdmcs.org/commed/programs/youth/summer-of-learning/ and our post about Band Bash and Summer Strings.