I've always been a firm believer that summer lessons are the time when you make the most improvement; you aren't tired from being at school all week, and you have more space available in your schedule to practice and perhaps to have a longer lesson time.
I always took lessons during the summer when I was in school, and once I became a teacher, I always taught straight through the hot, muggy months. But after six years of teaching flute lessons, I'm starting to reconsider.
More than anything, students deserve a well-rested, fully engaged, prepared teacher who's excited about the subject at hand. I've been extremely busy as of late, and I don't want that to dilute the quality of my students' lessons. It would be unfair to them and a waste of their time.
So I've decided to take August off; most of my students will be away for most or all of the month anyway, and it will be a good opportunity for both them and me to get in some rest and relaxation before the start of the school year. Taking a month off will also give me extra time to come up with awesome new projects and ideas for my students to tackle when September rolls around!