Highland School Band
Director: Mr. Peters
Advanced Band – 5th and 6th Grade
Beginner Band – 4th Grade
Jazz Band – 5th and 6th Grade
Recorder Class – 3rd Grade
Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 PM - Spring Concert - click here for more information
Practice Logs can be printed here!
Now that we are full swing into the year, I thought I would pass on some tips for successful at-home practicing. The following are suggestions on how to make the practice time more enjoyable and successful for your children.
- Find a spot in the house and make it the “Practice Room.” Whether it’s an area in the bedroom, the office or the basement, having a dedicated space for practice will keep things from getting lost and will allow for quick set-up.
- Dedicate a time each day for practice. Adding instrument practice into the homework routine is a great way to minimize arguments. This also helps to keep practicing from “bothering” siblings while they are trying to do their own work.
- Use a metronome or clap the beat for your child. Musician’s need a steady beat to practice correctly. Especially when starting out, it is difficult to do this on your own. There are many free metronome apps and websites or you can get involved and clap a steady beat for your child!
- Have your child perform for you. Showing you are interested in their instrument will encourage them to be more interested in practicing. Have a weekly performance, where your child picks one song they worked on all week and performs it before dinner for the family. With the holidays approaching, short performances for extended family are fun as well! Maybe there is a cousin who plays an instrument too and they can play together!
Not only does practicing count for a grade on the Practice Log, but it is the only way your child will improve. With frequent practice, concepts and skills will be remembered by your child and slowly, but surely, that squeaking and honking will turn into music that you will look forward to hearing throughout the house.
"One of our greatest assets in this country is the talented boys and girls who devote their early lives to music, appreciation of music and understanding of music." JFK