The first few years I taught piano, I simply closed down shop during the summer. It suited me fine as I had small children and quite frankly, I enjoyed the time off. However, within a few years I noticed that each Fall I was having to re-teach my young students. So much of their piano learning had been lost over the summer. I soon came to the realization that to save parents money and my time and energy level, it would be wise to offer lessons during the summer, at least on a part-time basis. The results were astounding. Those who either practiced diligently without me over the summer or came to a few lessons, fared much better in the Fall. We could move on with the learning. Now there is talk in the Globe and Mail this week about having a shorter summer break to “help alleviate the effect of vacation on students’ learning. Read more about this in the Globe and Mail under Time To Lead: Does a shorter summer pass the test?