Summer is a great time to relax, have fun, and try something new! It’s also a great time to make music, either on your own or with family and friends. Here are some fun ideas to keep the music going all summer long:
1. Join the Free Hoffman Academy Summer Piano Camp
This year we have six exciting Piano Camp cabins to choose from, each one packed with music learning awesomeness! Learn new songs, develop your listening skills, enjoy fun videos and activities, and show off your stuff at our Piano Camp Talent Show. Piano Camp is free and open to everyone, so what are you waiting for? Learn more here, or sign up for camp now!
2. Create Your Own Digital Music Hits
Kids love using Chrome Music Lab’s Song Maker to create their own compositions. This free website by Google lets musicians enter notes and percussion beats on a grid, then plays the song back. You can even save songs and share a link with family and friends. Give it a try!
3. Make Your Own Musical Instruments
From rubber-band guitars to water xylophones, summer is a great time for a music-related craft. There are lots of internet resources with instructions and ideas for instruments that kids and parents can make together. Here are a few good ones to get you started: rain stick, drinking-straw pan pipes, and coffee-can drum.
4. Build Your Own Summer Playlist
Did you know that a free account on Spotify lets you create playlists of your favorite songs? Why not put together some of your favorite tunes so you can listen while you’re on the road or outside playing with friends. To get started, check out some of Hoffman Academy’s playlists, then build your own!
5. Learn Your Favorite Song
During the school year, piano practice gets squeezed in between homework, sports, and other activities. Once summer comes, a lot of that pressure goes away! With that extra time, why not learn one of your favorite songs? Browse our Popular Music Lessons and pick something fun to try. Share a video of your playing and also check out what other musicians are learning on our Hoffman Academy Facebook group.
6. Put On an Outdoor Performance
Do you have an electric keyboard that you can take outside? Invite your friends and put on a concert in your very own yard. Also, if you happen to be located in Portland like we are, you can go find one of Piano Push Play’s outdoor public pianos and play your favorite songs for everyone to enjoy.
Have a happy summer, and make music a part of every day!