My experience during August at WKMT was quieter than usual as some of the students were abroad enjoying their holidays. However, this did not make the lessons less exciting!
Everybody was very relaxed and focused during the lessons. It is a good change of the usual busy lifestyle that most of the families have in London.
The summer is a period where I get a bit out of the “normal lesson plans” line to have more “moment” experiences: more improvisation, play by ear, lots of duets, different styles sight reading…
Sometimes it is good just to stop a bit of learning new things and enjoy and experiment with all the knowledge we already have. We do double work here: the students feel much more confident as they are learning how to become more independent being able to create or analyse music by themselves, and we also appreciate the direction of our studies and goals.
The music becomes now a real element and not only the abstract language that sometimes can confuse us. Children are specially more curious during the summer time. They are out of school and their imagination and energy fly during the lesson. They want to experiment with loud sounds and lots of playing and talking. They constantly ask about the tiniest details on the score or the “Dogs and Birds” book pictures. It is very funny.
It is a good break for adults too. I always share my opinions of plan ideas for the lessons with my students so we can find a way in between of working hard, and never stop learning not just on the surface, and to play only the tunes or pieces that they loved and maybe a bit less of scales and arpeggios.
August is a good moment to look back to everything we have done and be proud of our achievements and learn from our mistakes!