TED-Ed Video: "How to Practice Effectively for Just About Anything"
Purposeful practice makes permanent!! To keep up with the rigors of each class, we recommend that students practice, or do some sort of musical activity (clapping and counting, practicing with the mouthpiece, or just fingering, etc.) on a DAILY basis outside of rehearsals. However, individual practice is most effective when a goal is established BEFORE practicing begins. Plan a strategy of how to achieve weekly improvement, which should include a quiet place to practice, and a music stand to promote good playing posture.
Students in ALL classes are required to turn in a weekly parent-signedPractice Chart. Late submissions may result in lowered rubric scores for the week. If a student is absent on the day that their Practice Chart is due, he/she can submit it the first day that he/she returns to school for no penalty.
Need help with pacing your practice? Click HERE for the "Practice Pacing Guide!" After establishing a goal for the week, use this guide to help you "map" each day to maximize the effectiveness of your practice sessions.
Practice Charts for each music class for the current month can be downloaded below. If you are unable to print a copy during our distance learning, do your best to recreate it (neatly!) on a blank piece of paper.