When I was a young teacher, I believed students should have lessons year-round (I still believe this). I taught 50 weeks out of the year, only taking off the week of Spring Break and Christmas. It didn’t take me long to discover parents forced their children to take all those weeks. Students resented lessons, eventually ceasing lessons. As I grew older, had a child of my own, I realized that it was healthier to take more breaks throughout the year. Students were eager to come back to lessons, ready to tackle their music. I also discovered that I was in a better place. I missed their smiling faces, excited to see them come into the studio and have avoided burn-out. Taking a week here and a week there to rejuvenate your soul is a good thing! You will want to engage and so will your students. Hoping you are taking off this Thanksgiving week, spending it with loved ones and getting you ready for the rest of the holiday season.