Dear Band Parents,
As a band member, students will be learning a great deal more than the average music student. Band members devote themselves to spending time learning an instrument, which is both a very commendable and rewarding experience. As parents, there are many ways to help your child succeed, but most of all, it is important to become a part of the learning experience. Motivate your child to practice by asking them to perform for you, encourage them to keep trying when they are struggling, and be committed to ensuring students follow a daily practice routine of at least 20 minutes.The band meets before school on Wednesdays at 7:45 am. Students will be pulled weekly from class for a group lesson. Lesson groups are split up by instrument to ensure the best learning experience for your child. Students in grades 4 – 8 will be required to purchase the “Essential Elements Band Method Book 1” for their individual instrument. This method book is geared toward school programs, and is well developed. Students will be required to bring a pencil, their method book, their instrument, and their music folder with music (provided by myself) to lessons each week. "The Essential Elements Band Method Book 1” comes complete with a CD with recordings of examples throughout the book and a DVD featuring start up techniques and recordings of each of the examples as well. It is in stock and available at “The Music Place” in the Sea Girt Plaza, for $7.95 for most instruments.
How you can help your child succeed*Provide them with as good an instrument as you can reasonably afford.*Provide a safe place to keep the instrument.*Arrange a regular time for your child to practice and make sure they stick to it.*Recognize that most students do not practice on their own; they usually have to be reminded.*A room with good light and a music stand is necessary.*Make certain that brothers and sisters are away from the student during practice time.*Arrange a practice schedule that does not conflict with play, tv, homework, and chores.*First year students are encouraged to practice 20 minutes daily.*Older students are expected to practice at least 3 1/2 hours a week.*Show an interest in the student’s practice, study, and improvement.*Be generous in your praise and encouragement.*Never make fun of the strange sounds that are sometimes produced at first.*Help your child remember their instrument and music folder on lesson days.*Insist upon faithful attendance at lessons, rehearsals, and concerts.