Parents Can Help With PracticingSeptember 1, 2006 at 9:57 pm | Posted in Musicianship, Practicing | Leave a comment
PracticingAll students should practice on a regular basis. Practice is essential to having fun learning music! The more you practice, the more fun you will have. Parents can help with this in several ways:
1. Provide a Clean, Well-lit, comfortably heated/cooled room with a sturdy metal music stand, chromatic tuner, and loud, reliable metronome and a CD player with speakers. This room should be completely private from the rest of the family.
2. Ensure that your son/daughter compiles a 3 ring notebook with weekly assignments, sheet music, exercises, repertoire and practice CDs to minimize time spent “looking for stuff.”
3. Help your son/daughter to establish a consistent practice time which does not conflict with other family obligations, sleeping times, dinner, chores, etc.
3. Ensure that all family members are aware of the student’s “practice times” so that the practice session is uninterrupted. (Timesheet on door, set time each day, specific room, etc.)
4. Encourage and reward diligent and consistent practice (inspirational music concert DVDs, trips to the record store, fun sheet music and inspiring wall decorations, etc).