May is an amazing month for making music! Recital pieces are in great shape, the weather is lovely, and the school year is winding down. Take advantage of the celebratory mood and blue skies – if your instrument is portable (be it a guitar or small keyboard), take lessons outside! Teachers at our flagship Philadelphia school have had great fun writing theory out in sidewalk chalk, marching out Rhythm Village patterns, and improvising in the green grass.
Around here, May also means recital prep. As you prepare for your own performances, encourage students to hold “mock” recitals for parents, siblings and friends – complete with intros and applause. (Pro tip: Also practice having things go wrong! Have the kid pretend to freeze and go blank. What section should they go to? What's the emergency plan?)
Another great May activity is to polish and review repertoire pieces from the past school year. Students will get to celebrate what they've learned, take a walk down memory lane AND go into the summer months with lots of amazing tunes to play for family and friends.
Check out our free “My Greatest Hits” download to get you started below. It’s a great spot to write down, organize and celebrate the music you worked on this year. Happy May music making!
About Meridee Winters: Meridee Winters is a professional educator, musician, author and director/owner of a successful Philadelphia area music school. Meridee began her journey as an educator teaching elementary students in a Florida public school, where she discovered the curriculum and school system left little room for divergence and creativity. She made the bold decision to leave and attend graduate school to study Music Composition, eventually starting her own private music school. Today, that school has spent two decades introducing thousands of students to not just music, but to Meridee’s trailblazing method that encourages creativity, play and higher-level thinking with each lesson. As a composer and professional musician, Meridee has instructed at all levels – from professional recording artists working on albums to computer music classes in the recording studio, and from young beginners taking their first steps on their musical path to intermediate students writing their first songs. Meridee is a dedicated advocate of creative intelligence whose foremost passion is empowering creative and authentic self-expression in each individual. She now spends her time developing new materials and books to nurture these. She does her work as an author, as well as director of the school, from her home in Delaware County, PA.
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