In university, you have a wide variety of ways in which to spend your 4 months of sun-drenched summer bliss. Here are some popular options:
1. The Fun-employed: This is a popular option for the recent graduate. Get down with your bad self, I say! Enjoy your university town in the casual splendor of the summer months, go to the beach, enjoy your downtime while you still can! The obvious down-sides of fun-employment are the financial dire-straits, and if you are back in your hometown for this productivity dry spell, prepare to be incessantly harangued by your parental units.
2. The Employed: Whether you were just hired for the summer, were lucky enough to be hired back by a previous employer, or are off to the dizzying trip down memory lane you're gonna get that money! Just don't spend it all on Osheaga tickets and half-price margaritas.
3. The Summer Student: You have some credits to make up, or simply would like to finish your degree in a resaonable amount of time!! If it's essential course work, make sure it's not all work and no play. If you're on the hunt for a "bird-course," myabe do a double check of that syllabus. Don't let "Intro to Astronomy" bog down your GPA because you didn't pay attention to the fine print.
Musicians are something of eternal students. We're constantly learning new music, improving technique and even the performance and rehearsal processes themselves feel a bit like "first-day-of-school" ad infinitum. But what do we do in the summer? Not practicing or performing for four months is ill-advised, but just like out months spent in school, summer is a balancing act between practice, performance, employment and the endless struggle to simply be a person, not a music-making machine.
Herein lies the splendor of the summer program! It's like summer camp in that it's an immersive experience with a small group of people, and performing is a pretty splendid time. But summer programs let you step out of the bubble of your own school or city and make connections with mentors, peers, teachers and coaches the world over. You might be lucky enough to snag a scholarship to one of these programs, but often they come with a pretty substantial price tag. And unlike summer camp, a simple application form doesn't' guarantee your acceptance to this program. An audition awaits you!
SO how do you choose? Tune in next week when I talk about some of my experiences and feature some poignant advice from my friend and fellow blog-ette, Jessica Lane
Until next time! Sam
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