Listen to music. There are so many different ways to listen to music. CD player, radio, streaming online, YouTube, Pandora, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, etc. What’s your favourite? Listen to music with your children, share why you both enjoy it.
Go to live music concerts. There are so many local festivals with free music or go see a show at the Ulster Hall or take in a musical at the Grand Opera House. We learn so much from the other arts, you don't know what you might pick up from a show.
Make space for making music. Take a gander at the physical space where you make music. Does it need different lighting? Does it need a CD player nearby? Does it require equipment you could get second hand even?
Host a 'mini-recital.' Share some music for out-of-town friends of family. Be sure to have a piece that you like to “show off,” and a piece that you’d like to learn special for the occasion, a wedding or a graduation. It will give you a goal and deadline for learning and perfecting new music.
Try something new. Have you always wanted to play from song sheets? Perhaps you’ve wanted to learn a favourite contemporary piece? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to improve your theory knowledge or master a technical skill. Tell your music teacher, and he or she would be happy to help you play those songs and reach your goals.
Add an instrument or extend your lessons. New Year's is a perfect time to add to your current lesson experience. Perhaps you’d like to learn another instrument? Mandolin, Voice, and Guitar skills compliment one another and improve your music skills in all ways.
(This article extended from Emily Ireland, Musical Director)