Each student is required to invest an appropriate amount of time outside of class to be a contributing member of this ensemble. A recommended amount of time is 25 minutes per day, for some this may be enough time while others may spend an hour.
Practice sheets are used to record time spent learning music at home and is 15% of total grade. To earn full credit, students will need to practice 25 minutes per day. This form will be signed by the student and parents on the honor system. Be sure to fill out forms completely: Student name, band period, dates, times and PARENT signature are required to give full credit for practice times. Practice sheets can be printed by clicking on this link:
Melinda Enache has a great suggestion for storing band practice sheets: Tape a legal size envelope on the inside cover of the Band Music book. Cut up a supply of practice slips and put inside. This keeps them together and the signed slip can go back in the envelope. This may help your student to remember to turn in their signed sheets!
GUIDELINES FOR INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE
Be sure that your instrument is in good working order. Check important functions daily, i.e. reeds, valves, pads, slides, water keys, etc.
Warm Up. Like an athlete, a musician should begin each musical workout with a a slow warm up. Focus on beautiful tone quality.
PRACTICE DAILY. Twenty five minutes of careful daily practice is much better than two one hour sessions per week. Set a regular time, tell your family when it is, and stick to it.
Practice: Assigned music, Personal Technical problems areas (articulation, finger dexterity, tone, etc.), Sight reading, Theory sheets, Fun music – always end on a happy note so that you will look forward to the next practice session.
Difficult Passages. Slow down, get it right the first time and it will be easier at a faster tempo. Sub-divide, count rhythms out loud, clap your difficult rhythms.