Daily practice is the lifeblood of our band program. You must practice in order to reinforce concepts covered in class and to develop the necessary skills on your instrument to become a top-notch musician.
At Kleb, students are expected to take their instruments home every day.
Have a Practice System
Warm-up Time: Play through warm-up exercises introduced in class. Don't just go through the motions, though. LISTEN to what is coming out of your instrument.
Building Time: This time should be spend working on specific practice assignments (lines from the book, scales, music from band, etc.). Try to make at least one thing perfect each day.
Performing Time: This time is dedicated to performing musical works selected by you. Make time to play music that you enjoy!
1. Choose a room that is quiet and free of distractions… No TV or radio
2. Be sure to use proper seating and playing position
3. Use a music stand
4. Use a metronome
5. Break down hard passages into SMALL segments
6. Practice at a SLOW tempo
7. Gradually increase tempos
8. Practice for results, not just to "put in time."
9. Realize that there are some things you can fix in one practice session, while other things may have to develop over time
10. Play for your parents. Let them see and hear what you are doing in class
11. At the beginning of each practice session, determine what your main goals are so that you don't lose focus
12. Keep a record of your practice time including date practiced, minutes practiced, your goals, and what you accomplished
How much do I practice?
-In order for a student to progress on an instrument at the expected rate, a regular practice routine must be followed.
-A beginner in the first six weeks of study should practice about 15-20 minutes per day.
-A beginner should increase this time to 20-30 minutes per day starting in the second six weeks.
-A second or third year player should plan on practicing at least 30 minutes per day, but 45 to 60 minutes is preferable.
-Occasional days off are fine, of course, but in order to maintain consistency, a student should practice at least six days a week. The student should try to avoid taking multiple days off in a row.
-It is better to practice in 30-45 minute "chunks" on a daily basis than it is to practice for longer periods on just one or two days per week.
And remember - When you practice, you get better. When you get better, you have more fun. When you have more fun, you want to practice more. And a cycle begins!