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The school year provides many breaks for students. Some are planned, while others are thrust upon teachers and young people in light of a holiday or crisis. During these times when school is dismissed, how can Christian musicians take advantage of the time? Certainly not by binging through “The Office” on Netflix for the umpteenth time. By bettering themselves and working toward a healthier community around them, teenagers can find a way to make the most of a few days away from school. Here are some of our suggestions on what to do with your newfound freedom.
Learn About a New Subject
Over the course of their time in school, Christian musicians will be forced to learn about a multitude of subjects they may never use and certainly don’t care about now. With a break from school, the days have opened up for learning something that really gets them out of bed in the morning. It may not even have anything to do with music. Take on a new language, do a deep dive on the American Civil War, or start playing around with robotics. What’s something you’ve always wanted to know more about? Now is the time to go for it.
Practice, Practice, Practice
You’re musicians. You know having more free time means you should be practicing more. No one is saying you need to play guitar until your fingers bleed, but step up your practicing time so you can be that much better when life gets back to normal. If you want to go big with your practice sessions, start recording yourself to see how you can improve or take written notes to keep track of what you’ve been working on.
Set Attainable Goals
For the more driven young people out there, weeks like Spring Break are a time for massive projects and incredible goals. While we admire the enthusiasm, it’s important to make sure you aren’t setting the bar at an unreachable height. Nothing hurts worse than failing to meet your own expectations. If you’re going to set goals for yourself while you’re away from school, be they in music or anything else, make sure they are attainable. This is a great method for creating change in one’s life and improving your skills as Christian musicians.
Try to Be Helpful Around the House
If you’re still in school, that means your parents are probably doing the majority of your caretaking or you’re a college student (or both). Whatever your situation looks like, this time away from school is a greenlight to start doing some work around the house. If you don’t know what to do, ask our parents if there are any ways in which you can help them out. Writing from an adult’s perspective, trust us when we tell you household chores are better learned as a teenager than when you’re a full grown adult having to start from scratch.
Stay Connected with Friends
Being stuck at the house during a school break can be tough. Even with all of today’s technology, you sometimes need the attention brought by friends to keep you entertained.Find ways to stay in touch with the people you care about. If you’re out of school for the flu or some other crisis, take steps to keep yourself healthy while still being connected. Take part in a group video chat, play some online video games where you can work together, or just call someone to talk to them. Christian musicians can even incorporate this into their music work by collaborating through a video chat or just discussing the kind of music they’re currently listening to with friends.
Even Christian Musicians Should Read for Pleasure
We get it. Some of you hate to read, even if it’s not a book required for your class. Whether you like it or not, though, reading is important to our growth as a student, a musician, and a human being. When we take away the academic filter of what you can choose from, surely there are some books out there that interest you. If you want to keep things relevant to your journey as a musician, here are some biographies about Christian musicians.
Start a Free Trial on a Subscription Service
In our online world, there are countless services out there able to help you stay entertained, educated, and more. Since you likely only have a week to a month out of school, why not take advantage of some of the free trials offered by these websites? Always check with your parents first, especially if you’re using their credit card, but once the coast is clear, find the service best suited for you. It could be one of the ad-free subscriptions from places like YouTube Music or Spotify. Perhaps you’re looking to get some reading done and you want to check out Kindle Unlimited or utilize a free trial to get around the paywall of a music magazine’s website. Whatever you’re looking for, this break will be a good time to take advantage of free trials. Just remember to end the trial before the company charges you for your membership (assuming you don't want that to happen).
Find Some New Music
If you play music, you more than likely love to listen to it as well. Get out of your echo chamber and try out some new sounds. Whether you just want some new songs for your workout mix or you wish to find a variation on the stuff you already love, why not try out some new artists during your break? Thanks to the internet, millions of artists are within your reach. You can even travel back in time to hear from the best musicians of the 20th century (or earlier). Get out there and do some exploring.
Write a Few Songs of Your Own
While you’re trying out all kinds of new musicians and possibly building up a list of the cover songs you’d like to learn, don’t forget to do a little songwriting for yourself. The free time given to you is an excellent opportunity to open up and write down your thoughts. Let your passion and musical knowledge guide you as you strive to create the next great American song.
Get Serious About Your Faith and Pray for the People/Needs in Your Life
As Christian musicians, you shouldn’t forget to use your time away from school to work on your faith as well. If you aren’t already reading the Bible on a routine basis, now is the time to start. If you don’t want to commit to reading the whole Bible, look for one of the shorter reading plans on the Bible app from YouVersion or at a website like Crosswalk or Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In addition to reading your Bible, you need to learn to pray each day for your needs, family, city, country, church, and so on. Pray about the things that matter to you and those which bring you anxiety or sadness. Learn to take it all before God and enjoy the closeness of that relationship.
These are some of the best ways for Christian musicians to take advantage of their schools being out of session for Spring Break and other holidays. Another way for these talented young people to grow as musicians is to attend a summer camp like Camp Electric. Each year we bring together the biggest names in Christian music for a week’s worth of engaging classroom sessions, unforgettable performances, and educational workshops unlike anywhere else. Find out how you can join us at Camp Electric by clicking on the link below.