Many piano teachers and students take a break from their studies during the summer.
They need this time to rest their creative juices and let all the learning from the previous year settle in.

Typically I will teach summer lessons to a limited number of students, about half will want 6 lessons over the course of the summer.  Therefore, I get about 3 weeks off between spring and summer, and 4 weeks rest between summer and fall semesters.  My private studio resumes its lessons in 10 days.

I have been trying to use my summer break productively, but that has not happened.  I have tried to begin writing the next series on online lessons:  First Steps in Reading, which will begin the process of reading music. 

I know what to do.  I have my compositions in my head. 
The Woodpecker will develop two fingers, and play only two notes.  One morning while on my walk the frogs were croaking in the pond.  By walk's end I had composed Happy Frog, Sad Frog, a 3 note wonder.  Since so many of the students have hand coordination problems, I will compose a few more 2 and 3 note ditties before developing more complex music using 4 and 5 notes!

But to do it has been impossible.  My whole being is in a regenerative cycle.  My mind and spirit are resting, saying "we will be responsible again after summer is over."

Today we have rain showers alternating with sunshine, perfect for creating rainbows.  A 5 note song?
The squirrel is feeding at the peanut ring.  Nuts to You, Mr. Squirrel.
My compost pile is home to hundreds of wiggly worms just begging for their own song!  How about Willie, the Wiggly Worm ?

But how can I record new lessons when the bloom is on the rose and demands admiration, the wind sings through the chimes and beacons an audience, the butterflies flit among the flowers and want company?  Each time I try to organize materials the bluebird visits, the dogs want to walk in the sunshine, or Hurricane Irene shuts us down.

Tomorrow begins our final vacation to visit our grandkids (and their parents).  I am confident that on our return I will be rested and revived and ready to create the next segment of Piano for Special Needs.

The years have shown that these resting times reap the power of doing nothing.  Some of the greatest ideas are conceived during these times of nothing.