What if my student forgets their instrument at home?
If a student comes to class without their instrument, I still expect them to participate in classroom activity and instruction. Students will complete a written analysis of the rehearsal. If a student forgets their instrument, music, pencil, etc. more than once/tri, the student will lose points and a parent/guardian will be notified to help create a plan to assist the student.
Should my child take private lessons?
YES! I highly recommend private lessons for every student, though they are never required. Private lessons are SO valuable for any student at any level of progress and ability. They serve to supplement and enhance the learning your child is already engaged in. While students will receive some individual attention during band class, a weekly meeting with a private instructor is extremely beneficial in supplementing what is being learned in the classroom. Studying privately often helps students to reinforce concepts, move along at a quicker pace, and learn solo repertoire that might not otherwise be learned in school. If you are interested in private lessons, please contact me for a teacher recommendation best suited for your child.
How often should my child practice their instrument?
Today’s students are BUSY! No, I don’t expect your child to practice their instrument everyday (although if they do, that’s AWESOME!). I expect your child to carve out practice time throughout the week, when it is available. Setting a routine for practice days is especially helpful. I am also available EVERYDAY before school, starting at 7:10am (arrange in advance). Your student can come in to practice their instrument, practice with friends, or work with me. I am realistic about practice commitments to band, but if I feel that your child is getting significantly behind, I will communicate any concerns with you.
Additional thoughts on practice:
The process of learning an instrument involves training the body and the mind together. In order to reinforce skills and turn them into habits, the skills must be practiced consistently. When students practice the materials that they are learning, class is able to keep a forward momentum. If students do not practice, progress is significantly stifled. In the early stages of musical doing and thinking, motivation is directly related to success. When students feel successful, their motivation increases. Conversely, when they do not feel successful, their motivation decreases. The best and easiest way for students to feel successful and motivated is to get them practicing on a regular basis.