Summer Sound Challenge

What is the Summer Sound Challenge?

More than half of music students stop playing their instruments entirely during the summer months. This results in a 2+ month learning loss when the following school year resumes. This would be similar to a marathon runner who stops training for 2 months and tries to win a race! They would not be in peak condition.

Music & Arts has partnered with smartmusic to offer your students practice resources and access to some free (and fun) songs to practice throughout the summer.

For Students

Schools Out! Time for a Break? No! Take that show on the road!

3 easy steps to accept the Summer Sound Challenge!

  • 1

    Open a Chrome browser
    and visit: https://admin.smartmusic.com/join

  • 2

    When prompted for a class code, please enter:
    DQXGR-FRPJE for FREE access!

  • 3

    Choose an awesome piece from the list of free tunes and practice along!


What’s in it for you?

  • You will be the envy of all your family members (as if you weren’t already)
  • You will impress your music teacher and friends when school is back in session with your new skills! (Maybe you can even show your teacher how much you practiced by downloading your chart right off of Smartmusic!)


That’s it! Will you accept the challenge?
For Parents

What is the Summer Sound Challenge?

More than half of music students stop playing their instruments entirely during the summer months. This results in a 2+ month learning loss when the following school year resumes. This would be similar to a marathon runner who stops training for 2 months and tries to win a race! They would not be in peak condition.

Music & Arts has partnered with SmartMusic to offer your students practice resources and access to some free (and fun) songs to practice throughout the summer.

Tips to get your kids to practice:

Set a Goal

  • Minutes per week or total for the summer, many kids are used to summer reading programs, think of this as your summer practice program!

Every little bit counts!

  • Do you hear “I’m bored!” occasionally throughout the summer? Challenge them to practice for 10 minutes!
  • Find live music in your area
  • Summer time is prime time for music festivals and concerts, check your area for live music that will likely inspire your young performer to pick up their instrument.

Try summer lessons

  • The lesson studio at Music &s; Arts offers custom instruction for every kind of student!
  • Check out our National Lesson Open House weekend June 22-24, free live music and lessons at over 150 locations nationwide! Learn more>
For Educators

What is the Summer Sound Challenge?

More than half of music students stop playing their instruments entirely during the summer months. This results in a 2+ month learning loss when the following school year resumes. This would be similar to a marathon runner who stops training for 2 months and tries to win a race! They would not be in peak condition. Imagine starting a school year with an ensemble who isn’t out of practice and rusty?! It would be amazing! Encourage your parents and students to take on the Summer Sound Challenge!.

What tools can help me get my students to practice over the summer?

  • FREE spring concert program inserts for you to use (and customize!) to educate your students and parents on the importance of summer practice
  • FREE access to Smartmusic! Music & Arts has partnered with Smartmusic to offer all customers access to some summer practice materials! PLUS! Students can print out their practice chart at the end of the summer and share with you (maybe for extra credit?).

Contact your Educational Representative Today!

  • Custom program insert requests – just ask!
  • Popular music books brought to your school for kids to test and buy on the spot! Think book fair for music!
  • Materials for summer lessons at The Lesson Studio and more!
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