How to Practice:
- Find a well-lit place with a firm, straight-back chair where the risk of interruption is minimal. Use a music stand to hold the music at the correct height and position for playing.
- Begin the practice session with a familiar warm-up routine.
- While practicing, a successful performer always concentrates on fundamentals such as posture, breathing, embouchure (mouth position), hand position, bowing, sticking, etc.
It is essential that a regular and consistent quality practice routine is established and maintained. Practicing is homework for music class, and must be done on a daily basis in order to ensure success. Set goals for each practice session and always practice with a purpose in mind.
How Parents Can Help:
- Praise your child’s efforts and achievements.
- Show interest in the music study of your child.
- Arrange a consistent time for regular daily practice.
- Provide a quiet, well-lit place, with a music stand, in which to practice.
- Provide a safe place in which to store the instrument.
- Keep the instrument in good repair. Should a repair be necessary, do not attempt to repair your child’s instrument yourself. Please consult the music teacher immediately for the proper course of action to take, or for a list of recommended repair technicians.
- Be aware of your child’s schedule in order to help him/her to be punctual for rehearsal and lessons. See that your child takes his/her instrument and music on days of lessons and rehearsals.
- Make faithful attendance at all performances a priority.
- Encourage your child to perform for others when opportunities arise.
- Play a variety of recordings of master artists for your child. Encourage your child to be active listeners of music.
- Take your child to live concerts as often as possible.
- Encourage him/her through technical challenges.
When to Consider Private Instruction
Instrumental Music Students
As soon as your child has established a commitment to his/her instrument and a desire to improve his/her music ability, private instruction should be considered. It is important to realize that musical development is different with every child and that each student brings a host of unique problems to an instrument. The sooner a young musician can learn from the expertise of a specialist on the instrument with the concentrated attention of the one-on-one learning, the faster and more correct the development will be.
What to Consider When Choosing a Private Instructor
The choice of a private instructor is very important as a negative relationship between the student and the instructor may be more harmful than helpful.
- The instructor should be a specialist on the instrument. Specialists intimately know and understand the problems of the instrument know the best ways of overcoming the problems and know the standard literature for the instrument.
- The instructor must value the total development of the musician. Lessons should provide regular development in tone and technique, scales, ensemble and solo literature.
- The instructor should be positive in approach. Students need to be constantly encouraged for their successes, not discouraged for their shortcomings.
Contact Mr. Kennedy or Ms. Altieri for teacher recommendations.