When you think about the holidays, do you stress about rushing around, long lines, and getting everything done? Or, do you think about having fun and enjoying quiet moments and holiday traditions with loved ones? For many, it's the latter.
Even if it may not seem like it at the moment (like when you're hunting down a parking space), the holidays rank right up there as being one of the happiest times of the year. And if you or your family love to listen to and play music, the holidays can be extra special!
Here are our top 3 tips for enjoying and making music during the holidays:
Tip #1: Attend a Live Concert
Go to a holiday-themed concert. Hearing live music is one of my favorite things about the holidays! From the tried and true, like symphony pops concerts, Handel Messiah, or The Nutcracker….to jazz, rock and a cappella groups with a holiday bent. There’s so much great live holiday music to enjoy! So pick at least one concert to attend and don’t miss out.
Tip #2: At-Home Mini Recital
Have an at-home mini-recital. Is your son or daughter preparing music for a recital or showcase event? Or maybe they’re playing a holiday concert with the school band, orchestra, or choir? Have a mini-recital or dress rehearsal at home for family and friends. Be sure to share it live with out-of-town relatives and friends with your phone on skype or facetime.
Tip #3: Giving Back
Our third tip is giving back. It’s so great to go to holiday concerts and to perform for friends and family. But what if you shared your music with others who may be less fortunate? The holidays can be lonely for some people. Wouldn’t it be great to do a short performance at a local retirement home, nursing facility, or community center? Whether you’re the parent of a young musician or an adult hobbyist who’s played for years, this is a great way to give way to give back!
Thanks for reading and happy holidays!