Practicing is an important part of the achievement process. Students are encouraged to practice from home for a minimum of 90 min each week. ( 15 min a day )
Here are some helpful hints to guide your child to a efficient practice routine.
Set aside time each day for practicing:
Decide with your child on an appropriate time for practicing every day. It is recommended that students practice 15-30 minutes each day. The recommended time can be split up throughout the day or done all at once.
Set up a proper practice area:
Your child should practice in a quiet area that has a music stand and a hard seated chair to use. Standing is also acceptable for most instruments. Any distractions should be kept to a minimum for complete concentration.
Show interest in your child’s progress:
Take time to listen to your child practice their instrument. Ask questions and show support by offering praise when something sounds good. One of the most motivating things to a child can simply be the encouragement and acceptance of a parent.
Stay involved and informed:
Make sure to be aware of performances, concerts, or recitals going on at school. Ask to hear the music from these events to reinforce your child’s confidence. Help your child fill out practice journals so they can see thier growth over time.
Never use practicing as punishment:
Practicing is in fact homework and not intended to become a negative experience. Students will be more motivated to practice if the experience is handled in a positive manner.
Contact the music teacher about concerns:
By working together, you and the teacher can help your child to succeed. Email Mr. Hensley at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Convey to your child the above expectations about practicing:
It is important that your child understands that you place as much importance on practicing as you do on other school homework and activities.
REMEMBER: You do not have to be a musician to help your child practice correctly. Follow the guidelines above to create a positive and successful band experience. Your home guidance is a key factor in your child’s success in middle school band!