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A Band Parent’s Survival Guide
Many parents think that if they know little or nothing about music, they can’t help their child who is learning a new instrument. Your involvement in your child’s education is key to his/her success. here are a few things you CAN do, even if your greatest musical talent is playing the radio:
1. Listen. While this may seem hard to begin with, I promise it will get easier. It is important that your student practices a recommended 20 minutes a day to build confidence and coordination. (See practice guidelines below) Pretty soon, you’ll start to hear music! Try not to make fun of the strange sounds they will produce in the beginning, and be supportive of what they love to do!
2. Watch. you can check your child’s posture while they are practicing. Check to see that their back is straight, and they are not ‘hunched over’ at the shoulders. This will give a better airstream when playing. Percussionists should have their instrument at waist level and also stand straight with their feet shoulder-width apart.
3. Encourage. A good word from you will go a long way. If your child is improving, you will hear it! Let them know you hear it. It will also mean the world to them when you and other family members attend their concerts.
4. Change the Station. Your child should be working on a variety of things from class. If you hear the same thing over and over, ask him/her what they are working on in class. Chances are, he/she is playing only what is already mastered, instead of working on things with which there is trouble.
5. Brush Off the Tarnish. After the newness of the instrument wears off, sometimes it takes a little motivation to keep at it. learning an instrument is not an ‘instant gratification’ activity such as a video game. See your child through the hills and valleys of their progress. Keep them practicing, and keep them involved! They may not thank you for it now, but they will later on. After all, how many times have you looked back and thought…”I wish my parents had made me…”
Learning an instrument is a lifetime activity – it should be something that grows and matures with the student. Learning to play an instrument also utilizes higher thinking skills daily, stretching your child’s brain. I sincerely hope you will encourage your student to continue their musical education throughout their middle and high school years, so they may have something to carry with them for the rest of their life! It isn’t just a class!
How to Create a Successful Practice Routine at Home
In a perfect world, your child will rush home after school, take their instrument out, and practice for a half hour or longer with tons of enthusiasm.
This isn’t a perfect world.
It can be difficult for many students to practice on their own, simply because they don’t know how to structure it in order for it to become a routine. As a parent, there are a few things that you can do to help them get started:
- Set aside a specific time each day for practicing and post it somewhere where it’s a visible reminder if you can’t be there to remind them. Do this together. If they have some input, it’s more likely going to stick.
- Pick a designated spot where practicing will take place. Part of their practice should be allowed to take place by the computer so they have access to this site.
- Don’t allow for any distractions while practice is going on. Silence those phones!
- Check their practice log every day and ask how their practicing went. Have them tell you/play for you what they are working on.
- Be supportive and encouraging when you can! Mastery doesn’t happen overnight–it takes time and dedication.
- Encourage them to listen to their concert music often. Listening itself is great practice, and how to do that effectively is listed on the “Concert Music” page of your child’s grade band.
- Encourage them to listen to other music that their instrument is played in–by listening to professional recordings, students can understand better what a characteristic tone of their instrument should sound like, and be more apt to imitate it.
- Encourage them to use proper practice strategies. Use the "How to Practice at Home" sheet.