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Don't Practice...PLAY!
by Ginevra Ralph, Director of Education
“Summertime” MEANS playing and having fun. Playing a musical instrument should be fun too – after all, that is the word we use to describe what you are doing!
At The Shedd we expect students to leave their lesson wanting to play their instrument at home. Too often going home and being required to practice implies sheer drudgery. (Our professionals are the ones who need to practice—we’ll be paying to hear their proficiency!)
A student – youngster or adult – isn’t typically gearing up for a major performance, and, if they aren’t thoroughly enjoying making music, something is wrong. It’s a critical moment for an adult student or a parent of a younger one to examine why not. There are many changes that can be made to maintain that enthusiasm that was the reason they wanted to learn in the first place.
Granted, for a mature student, there indeed can be intellectual and emotional satisfaction from deliberate practicing – the reward of accomplishing something that was difficult, or even, as author Stephanie Judy noted simply observing “ourselves in the act of learning.” But these are more self-reflective and sophisticated enjoyable moments than the broader reasons that most people say they like making music.
As a Shedd music student, you will change over time – and as you do we want you to keep the playfulness and joy of making your own music first and foremost in your experience.
Term Announcements
- Summer session 2019 begins Sunday, June 16.
- Begin private lessons anytime!
- Camps meet on: Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day); lessons are canceled unless specifically scheduled.
- Summer SongFest! (Jun 24-Jul 19)
- Musical Theatre Training Academy (Jun 19-Jul 6)
- Mariachi del Shedd (Jun 24-Jul 6)
- SYJO (Shedd Jazz Youth Orchestra) (July 29-Aug 3)
- SYJ2 (July 29-Aug
Focus on Summer Camps
SongFest 2019
SongFest 2019
Every year, elementary school children enjoy The Shedd Institute’s Summer SongFest, 4 one-week music enrichment camps with kid-friendly themes. This year's themes are:
Loco-Motion (June 24-28)
At The Circus! (July 1-5)
Around The World (July 8-12)
Outer Space (July 15-19)
Mariachi del Shedd
Mariachi del Shedd 2019
Chris Holt and Fernell López once again lead The Shedd's 2-week mariachi summer camp. If you are a middle or high school trumpet, guitar, harp or violin player (and or want to sing in Spanish), join us for one of the most exciting music camp in town! Read more...
Musical Theatre Training Academy 2019
The Shedd Institute's intensive training camp for young adults returns June 19th. Taught by actors, singers and dancers at the top of their profession, this 3 week camp affords the dedicated thespian a compact, serious course in what it really takes to be a "triple threat". Read more...