PRACTICE ONLY THE DAYS YOU EAT
Practice is a necessary, useful part of learning to participate in musical activities. Practicing well, with a purpose is vital to making progress. You are developing and training muscles; you must treat playing an instrument like a sport.
We ask that each student practice for 2 hours a week. Musicians should strive to thoughtfully practice each day. Even 5-10 minutes of thoughtful practice is vastly better than not touching the instrument that day.
Always create good habits! Poor practice can be detrimental to musical progress.
Five to six days a week for 20-25 minutes each day will meet the basic requirement.
- 3 to 5 Minutes -warm-up: Focus on posture, mouth placement, hands and deep, warm breaths. Listen for good tone while playing long, low sounds. Carefully work on developing tongue technique. Brass: work on lip slurs in the middle to low area of your range.
- 5 to 6 Minutes -scales: Focus on carefully memorizing finger patterns. The use of a metronome is essential to learning steady time and even fingers. Practice with and with out tongue techniques.
- 7 to 8 Minutes -music: Work on your assigned band music. Focus on the 'hard' parts; slow down the time & use a metronome to keep steady fingers and tongue. Play games with it. (Your band teacher will tell you how.)
- 3 to 5 minutes -your own 'fun' music: Reward yourself for being focused and working hard. Have some fun with your instrument; remember - always create good habits.
- 2 to 3 minutes - warm down: - Re-focus what you did on warm-ups.
Thank you to Garry Wright and Laurel Phillip for this information.